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  • RIM Says PlayBook Beats iPad for Browsing
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s72rGDUn2uo[/ame]


    RIM is working on trying to build some early pre-release buzz for its PlayBook tablet, which won't be out until the spring. However, that's not stopping the Blackberry manufacturer from throwing down: they produced a new video that they say shows the PlayBook beating the iPad at Web browsing. Of course, there's no way of knowing if the video is rigged, and it's worth noting that it's not entirely fair to compare a 2011 PlayBook to a 2010 iPad. However, it shows that RIM is taking the tablet fight - which Apple has a big head-start on - seriously.

    RIM’s PlayBook is not supposed to be available until March of 2011, almost a year after the iPad started shipping. Nevertheless, the company is clearly eager to position their tablet as the much-anticipated "iPad killer". They have already strongly intimated that the PlayBook will be priced lower than the base $499 iPad. The next phase of their campaign appears to be based on the supposed performance gains of the PlayBook. In this video, "Matthew" from RIM's web browser group pits a PlayBook against an iPad running iOS 3.2.2, loading various pages over WiFi. In addition to the Acid3 standards-based rendering test and a Javascript performance test, the engineer loads the UEFA soccer league's website, and CBS.com, which was clearly chosen because it is Flash-based and makes the iPad look bad. The PlayBook's OS is based on Adobe’s Flash and Air technologies, so it's understandable that they'd want to emphasize that.

    It's difficult to do a head-to-head comparison between the two devices. The PlayBook’s display is physically smaller, at seven inches, than the iPad's 9.6-inch screen, as well as being lower resolution (1024 by 600 pixels versus 1024 by 768 for the iPad). However, the PlayBook has a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, as opposed to the iPad's single-core A4 chip. Most observers expect a new model iPad by the time the PlayBook is ready to ship, which should at least have 512MB of RAM like the iPhone 4's, if not a dual-core chip.

    In short, it's a nice piece of marketing, but unlikely to sway anyone who's already planning to buy an iPad. It'll also be cold comfort to any PlayBook owners if a faster iPad 2 comes out in the spring.

    Source: Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: RIM Says PlayBook Beats iPad for Browsing started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. Quaddy's Avatar
      Quaddy -
      yeah, i would need to have both in front of me to believe the difference, they could both be associated to different networks, with one being limited somehow, sorry for being cynical.

      of course that could well be true, if so, good on RIM, anything that drives forward speedier web implementations is good for us all!
    1. UiK's Avatar
      UiK -
      I'm selling my iPad and buying a Playback.
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      I'm going to wait till the iPad 2nd gen and decide which tablet will be the one I take home, it's either going to be the new iPad or the playbook, the galaxy tab and he HP slate are way to overpriced for me
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      I feel the next ipad will be awesome and still be all around better. They forget to say when watching video or playing games with flash, what the battery life will be like, that is a huge plus for me and my ipad
    1. Icepecks's Avatar
      Icepecks -
      iPad 2 will kick the *** off this
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      The big question is this: Will the Rim-let support HTML5? If so, it may win because you'll be able to view 100% of the web, not just part of it.
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      nice device... but on these close platforms (no full OS) then it's the apps that make the device.
    1. psilocybin's Avatar
      psilocybin -
      Quote Originally Posted by eg6motion View Post
      nice device... but on these close platforms (no full OS) then it's the apps that make the device.
      well put.. i cant agree more
      also i hate to say it but im a fan of the iPad's size..love playing games and browsing on it..thats another thing that attracts me to the iPad instead.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      ipad ftw end of discussion who gives a crap about the playbook!
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      I call BS. I just took out my iPad (connected to uVerse over WiFi), entered cbs.com in the address bar, then rolled back the video and pressed go as soon as he did. My iPad was NOWHERE NEAR as slow to load cbs.com as the one in the video.
    1. psilocybin's Avatar
      psilocybin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      I call BS. I just took out my iPad (connected to uVerse over WiFi), entered cbs.com in the address bar, then rolled back the video and pressed go as soon as he did. My iPad was NOWHERE NEAR as slow to load cbs.com as the one in the video.
      Haha did the same came to same conclusion
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Well considering the PlayBook has better specs, I'm not too cynical. Steve Jobs is right though, 10" is it.
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      The big question is this: Will the Rim-let support HTML5? If so, it may win because you'll be able to view 100% of the web, not just part of it.
      Well, they did demo canvas HTML5 in the video. I think that means it 100% supports HTML5, considering desktop Internet Explorer doesn't support it. Flash still sucks, on it I hope you can turn it off when you don't need it.
    1. Hpwill's Avatar
      Hpwill -
      Y'all can have the playbook and the iPad I want the Android pad
    1. psilocybin's Avatar
      psilocybin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hpwill View Post
      Y'all can have the playbook and the iPad I want the Android pad
      Well you can find yourself an android site than
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      I call BS. I just took out my iPad (connected to uVerse over WiFi), entered cbs.com in the address bar, then rolled back the video and pressed go as soon as he did. My iPad was NOWHERE NEAR as slow to load cbs.com as the one in the video.
      you may not be running the exact same connection speed that the tester is running
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by domthebigbomb View Post
      you may not be running the exact same connection speed that the tester is running
      Or it could be the PlayBook somehow ate up more bandwidth than the iPad.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I hope Apple get rid of the current iPad design and make it like the iPhone 4. Nice and flat. Playbook does look good but I'd rather wait for Android 3.0
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      **coughs** bullchit!!!!
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by psilocybin View Post
      Well you can find yourself an android site than
      hahah!
    1. aqualeris's Avatar
      aqualeris -
      More competition is healthy. The Playbook uses a dual-core processor I heard, so there is reason to believe this video is true that the Playbook would load webpages faster than the iPad.

      But we'll have the compare the 2nd gen iPad to the Playbook for a more fair comparison aye?