Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

Summary: RIM revealed the BlackBerry PlayBook today and looks to be challenging Apple head on in the tablet space. 2011 looks to be an exciting time for mobile device fans looking for something between a smartphone and a laptop.

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I have to honestly say I didn't really give much valid consideration of actually seeing RIM come out with a BlackBerry tablet device after trying out and hating their touch screen Storm and Torch products, but as Sam already posted the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook is official and will be coming early next year.

Specifications for the BlackBerry PlayBook include the following:

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with multi-tasking support
  • 7" LCD, 1024x600 resolution display
  • Video conferencing support with 3 megapixel high def front facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera
  • micro HDMI port and DLNA streaming support
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • microUSB port
  • Web browser supporting Adobe Flash 10.1
  • Dimensions of 5.1 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches and 0.9 lbs

I understand the experience with a BlackBerry PlayBook is enhanced when you pair it with a BlackBerry smartphone, but unlike the failed Palm Foleo the PlayBook also stands on its own as a tablet device. I also like that there are no service plans since it is intended to be paired with your existing BlackBerry and its data plan.

One of the first questions people will ask probably concerns applications and from the sounds of it the new BlackBerry Tablet OS is designed to run apps built in Adobe Air and BlackBerry WebWorks. WebWorks is a new app platform which will allow apps to run on the PlayBook and BB 6 smartphones.

There is no pricing information yet available, but I have to admit it looks pretty sleek. Apple has the applications for the iPad and the user interface, but RIM looks to win in supporting their smartphone platform and in the web browsing experience.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, iPad, Mobility, BlackBerry

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  • Take on the iPad?

    This is what I keep hearing, yet I don't see it. The iPad is a consumer toy for the masses, while this device is aimed squarely at the enterprise market. Just because they are both pads does not mean that their targeted market overlaps. Both could be successful without ever going head to head.
    itpro_z
    • wrong

      @itpro_z
      the ipad is neither for the consumer nor the enterprise. it is for both. the ipad is what the app you use makes of it. it is a blank state that becomes what you want via the software you use. that's why already 80% of the fortune 500 are using or testing it. the notion the ipad is for consumers was a smoke screen by apple's desperate competitors and their supporting tech press. ouch, didn't work.
      banned from zdnet
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  • IPad 2.0 March of 2011....

    By early 2011 Apple will have announced the iPad 2.0 and you can bet it'll have retina display, facetime, front and rear cameras, more storage, HDMI inputs, and probably more.....
    cyberslammer
    • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

      @cyberslammer,
      What the iPad won't have is a management tools as powerful as BB Enterprise Server. How do you manage 100s or 1000s of iPad/iPhone in an enterprise? There is big advantage BB have over Apple.
      dvm
      • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

        @dvm Yes, and again it's a Blackberry device tied to the Blackberry enterprise....if it goes down, you've just got another tablet device. At least the iPad isn't dependent on something for it's operation like a RIM device.
        cyberslammer
    • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

      @cyberslammer

      Almost certainly won't have a "retina" display though higher res would be expected. Pushing iPhone4 pixel density onto a 10" device would result in far more pixels than the hardware can really be expected to push.
      SlithyTove
    • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

      @cyberslammer
      God, that "retina" display buzzword is popping up everywhere.

      Guess what? iPhone 4's display is no better than my Nexus One.
      Droid101
      • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

        @Droid101
        So... the iPhone 4's 326ppi density is no better than your your Nexus One's 252? Nor its 640x960 resolution compared to your 480x800? Interesting.
        Graucsh
      • what?

        @Droid101
        i thought with you googletards better features are always better. what is it?
        banned from zdnet
  • A small bone to pick...

    "...but RIM looks to win in supporting their smartphone platform and in the <b>web browsing experience</b>."<br><br>When you say they will win in web browsing I take it you mean because of Flash support? I've yet to see a device running Flash that great to enhance any experience. Slow and stuttery scrolling on pages, slows load time, drains battery. It still remains to be seen how well this will run Flash. <br><br>Also I don't know much about this WebWorks developer platform but judging by the naming, I have a feeling it won't compare to the robustness of Apple's app platform. But I could be wrong.
    dave95.
    • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

      "Also I don't know much about this WebWorks developer platform but judging by the naming"

      Books? covers?
      Tom-Tech
    • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

      @dave95.

      Not really just flash. Web-browsing is something of the achilles heel of the iPad imo. It's slow and primitive.

      If BB can bring a netbook class browsing experience to a tablet with the price advantage of it's phone tethering it could generate some traction.
      SlithyTove
  • ipad is invincible

    of course! in my opinion , i think ipad is invincible , whether the google ipad , the BB ipad or this Samsang , they all can?t beat ipad ~ i am using ipad and i support it . if you get a ipad , if you also a movie fans , you must download a Aneesoft ipad video covnerter like me which will give you another surprise ~
    xiaoa
    • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

      @xiaoa There is no such thing as invincible! Gadgets come and go, some just last longer in the market place. I see a day coming when the Apple and Microsoft operating systems will fall to an even better one.
      jakable
  • Unusable battery life, small, no IPS -- RIM, WeeTab are *WEAK*

    <b>comparing to iPad</b>.

    The battery life and screen quality and size -- are much more important iPad's advantages comparing to having ports and more memory, which does not decide anything yet.
    DDERSSS
    • What?

      @denisrs
      CasiBK
      • RE: Will RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook be able to take on the Apple iPad?

        @CasiBK
        I lol'd.
        Droid101
  • Nope - wrong size for BIZ

    If you wanted a tablet for business, why you make a small size one? You can do the small stuff on your BB. So when you need to read that pdf with the charts and graphs, the 9" iPad will be much better. When you want to show your product pics to a small group on your tablet, again the iPad size wins...
    Sure 7" is a little better than the BB acreen if corporate rules forbid the iPad, but you just stick with lugging your laptop?
    ridingthewind