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  • RIM Reveals its BlackBerry PlayBook with Some "Flash"


    As we reported last week, RIM - makers of the BlackBerry smartphone - have unveiled this week their long awaited answer to the iPad. Research in Motion was initially expected to call the 7-inch multi-touch tablet a "BlackPad." But on Monday, Mike Lazardis, president and co-CEO of RIM, unveiled the BlackBerry "PlayBook," which clearly takes aim at the Apple product that, until now, has largely dominated the tablet marketplace without a legitimate competitor.

    "RIM set out to engineer the best professional-grade tablet in the industry with cutting-edge hardware features and one of the world's most robust and flexible operating systems," said Lazardis. "The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised Web browsing and high performance multimedia."



    Much like the BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry tablet is all about "business," as the device will be heavily marketed to the corporate and business community. Among a multitude of attributes, it comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and two HD cameras. It will be 9.7mm thick and sport both HDMI and USB ports. Perhaps best of all for digital media junkies, the tablet offers 1080p resolution video playback.

    Interestingly enough, Shantanu Narayen, the chief executive of Adobe, joined Lazaridis for the roll out of the "Playbook." Why? You guessed it. The device will be compatible and friendly toward Adobe’s Flash software - something we all know Apple and its products are not.

    Initially, the PlayBook won't deliver integrated 3G or 4G data connectivity, although that will eventually change. For now, PlayBook users can enjoy their device over Wi-Fi or via connection with a BlackBerry smartphone. Unfortunately, despite initial reports of the RIM tablet being released before Christmas, the holiday season will not see the "PlayBook." Instead, the company won't roll out the tablet to retail outlets in the US until "early 2011."

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    Comments 66 Comments
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      WOW IT LOOKS GOOD!! "iPad killer"? haha
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      It does look good. Wonder how app support for it will be
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Quote Originally Posted by JacquesChirac View Post
      I think Apple execs even know by now, without flash, Apple won't be able to compete with all this pretty legit competition
      Yeah we can't live without 15 year old, bloated buggy technology can we...?!!

      The specs have to bumped up to the max to operate flash.
    1. fishbone's Avatar
      fishbone -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      Anyone who says this doesn't look better than the iPad has been brainwashed by Apple. Tablets are not supposed to be, as Gizmodo once said, blown-up cell phones or shrunken-down PCs. They are supposed to be their own devices. And this is EXACTLY what this is. And it looks GOOD.

      Go RIM!
      Interest comments, for a product that DOES NOT exist in the market yet! I thought we we've learned a thing or two about that kind of PR stunt with M$/HP Courrier/Slate fiasco.

      About RIMs tablet, all I have to say is:

      1) The specs seems to be nice, but NOTHING was said about that beast battery life, which is not only THE most important thing to consider in a portable, but it's also the factor that sometimes holds makers back on specs. The lack of 3G gives a hint about how you'll have to power that thing constantly to be able work with it;

      2) People who says that iPad lacks things like USB/HDMI ports ignore the fact that Apple portables will be all about going wireless(see airplay, wi-fi print, etc.). The only cable that remains probably will last only to charge;

      3) IMHO, iOS plays a big part in the success Apple portable experimented so far(no wonder everybody is copying it). We will have to wait to see if RIMs OS choice for that table holds a candle to it;

      4) It's at least an odd decision to name a so called "professional" tablet a "playbook"
    1. Daps's Avatar
      Daps -
      Those are some pretty impressive specs.

      I also like the fact that it's a wifi only model and not tying you to a carrier. I rather just tether my iphone.

      The concerns though would be price. $300 ballpark is what I'm looking for and wish Apple would get down to that range or $350.I'd even take it in 8" or 8.5" screen. I personally couldn't justify paying any more than that.

      One problem I see may be the application side. App Store and Android Market Place are pretty big.

      Also I think a 2011 release may hurt them. They're missing the Christmas sales and also I'm pretty sure iPad2 will be announced by then.

      I'll keep my eye out for this one
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      meh. Looks a little chunky and I would imagine a dismal battery life with that processor. But who knows. I'd also like to see a real-world demo... not the artificial one. They had the same sort of thing with the Storm and it turned out to be a slow, buggy POS
    1. Rob_Quads's Avatar
      Rob_Quads -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      What have you tried that the A4 couldn't handle? .
      Decode and play 1080p video. A4 can't do that, well I presume it can't as if it could I am sure it would have been enabled in the AppleTV.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Looks very nice and well put together, hopefully it's better than the crapPad (iPad for those of you who haven't caught on yet).

      Quote Originally Posted by Rob_Quads View Post
      Decode and play 1080p video. A4 can't do that, well I presume it can't as if it could I am sure it would have been enabled in the AppleTV.
      Straight up right dude!
      This looks much nicer then the iPad that being one of the HUGE reason
    1. BrennenSB's Avatar
      BrennenSB -
      All this does is makes me more excited for the iPad2.
      You know apple isn't going to allow anyone to get ahead of them!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      As apple fans, we are tied to iTunes with all our media and the playbook may not be so easy to sync media. So, my point is we have iTunes with the iPad.
    1. Daps's Avatar
      Daps -
      From reading about it, it's not going to use the RIM OS they use on their BlackBerry so that may be a plus.

      Battery life will be a concern,I could live with 6 hrs of watching video or web surfing time more would be better.

      It's version of the app store is going to also tell the tale on if it makes it or not. If no one develops for it I don't see it being a strong contender.

      Last. It's going to have to be priced right $300-350 is my price bracket but sub $400 would definite make it an eyebrow raiser if the apps and battery life are there.

      Oh and forgot. It's gotta be able to support Netflix :-)
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      nice to see the competition pushing apple to make a better iPad hopefully they will stop holding out on us.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tyronal View Post
      Yeah we can't live without 15 year old, bloated buggy technology can we...?!!

      The specs have to bumped up to the max to operate flash.
      And you think touch screen is newer then flash?
      Buddy touch screens have been around 20years before I was born. I'm 18.
    1. hornet18's Avatar
      hornet18 -
      Quote Originally Posted by donkeykongking View Post
      I'd like to know what the Megapixels are on the cameras, so far this is the best tablet I've seen so far, it simply only comes down to what the public will say when it's released, who knows, even with better specs and all around better tablet, the iPad my triumph over this because of things such as the AppStore and the logo branded on the back of it
      3.0 mgpxl for the front and 5.0 for the back!
    1. invader131's Avatar
      invader131 -
      The Specs are Great ! But will it compete with 10 hours of iPad Time and their Support from Cydia and the AppStore? I Think Not !
    1. Daps's Avatar
      Daps -
      I just watched the hands on video on youtube of the actually device, well I wouldn't call it hands on as it looked like it was in a plexiglass case but I have to say it looked very nice it only showed a video. I'm interested in seeing the UI and what kind of app support it will have.

      I'll be glad when there can be more of a side by side comparison.

      If they get good app support for it RIM may have a winner on their hands, they'll have to price it right also and battery life is above decent.

      The new ipad will probably be out this spring. Hopefully they can get that price down some.

      I do like that the ipad has a wifi only version and playbook does too. I'm already paying a data plan for my iphone and have wifi at home. I don't want to add another plan unless it's pay as you go. Nor do I want them to act as a phone.

      ETA: I just saw the picture of RIM CEO holding the device. From the photo the size in his hand seems to be pretty good.
    1. goldenchildrose's Avatar
      goldenchildrose -
      Finally...a true competitor!! I'm really liking this playbook!!!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob_Quads View Post
      Decode and play 1080p video. A4 can't do that, well I presume it can't as if it could I am sure it would have been enabled in the AppleTV.
      People need to do their homework when it comes to the actual visual difference between 720 and 1080. Read the following article to educate yourself and you will realize that 99.9% of users do not have the knowledge, ability, or care enough to obtain the correct variables required to actually SEE 1080 quality.

      720p vs 1080p
    1. gsmumbo's Avatar
      gsmumbo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      People need to do their homework when it comes to the actual visual difference between 720 and 1080. Read the following article to educate yourself and you will realize that 99.9% of users do not have the knowledge, ability, or care enough to obtain the correct variables required to actually SEE 1080 quality.

      720p vs 1080p
      Seriously, if the peoples inability to notice a change is reason enough to not do something we would never see progress on anything. Some people can notice it, some can't. Those that can't will eventually start to notice it when presented with 1080 more and more. Going back to 720 they will at some point begin to notice the change.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      The point being 1080p output should not be a deciding factor when buying a dinky little 7" tablet device. I'm not saying nothing should be 1080 capable.

      I have a PS3 for bluray and a 60" DLP 1080p HDTV which I took a long time calibrating for optimum viewing and did a lot of research and homework to make sure I was getting the best for my money. People that lurk around here or on tech blogs are the minority of consumers.


      ...the benefits of 1080p vs. 720p start to become apparent when closer than 9.8 feet and become full apparent at 6.5 feet. In my opinion, 6.5 feet is closer than most people will sit to their 50" plasma TV (even through the THX recommended viewing distance for a 50" screen is 5.6 ft). So, most consumers will not be able to see the full benefit of their 1080p TV.
      Case and point. 99.9% of consumers should not purchase 1080p technology for an average living room