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Rim Blackberry Playbook Tablet Takes Aim at iPad – Price, Release Date Not Set

by Shane McGlaun

The success that Apple has had with the iPad means that just about every maker of gadgets out there that can build a tablet wants one on the market. The latest iPad competitor to land is from RIM and is called the Blackberry PlayBook. I can’t decide if it’s a bag of fail or has a chance, I suspect fail, given the success rate of tablets other than the iPad, but who knows for sure?

The Playbook is described as a professional-grade tablet and promises power and performance for the web. The tablet has a 7-inch screen that is high resolution and uses a 1GHz dual-core processor. The thing runs BlackBerry’s proprietary Tablet OS and supports HTML5, Adobe Flash 10.1, Adobe AIR and Java apps.


The tablet can pair with Blackberry smartphones and is ready out of the box for Blackberry Enterprise Server use. The screen resolution is 1024 x 600 and it has 1GB of RAM. Other features include a 3MP front camera and 5MP rear with 1080p HD video recording. It also has an HDMI output, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and more.

Availability is set for early 2011 at an undisclosed price. Both 3G and 4G versions of the PlayBook will be offered at some point.

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Comments (5):

  1. Black ICE says:

    Do you know the Wetab? http://wetab.mobi At the moment it is so succesfull, that it is sold out. So it is as successfull as the iPad with the iRippoff ;)

  2. Janet says:

    iPad wins… even IF they make a 10″ Playbook.
    Maybe Playbook is more professional and can do a lot more things than the iPad can. But on the other hand, iPad is made by Apple and so 1. They will attract a lot more consumers. 2. They have TONS of developers to make apps. So many developers are live on Apple, such as iFunia, a Mac video converter tools manufacturer, what awesome is they have being a strong link chain in the tablet industry.
    The consumer market will stick with the iPad for now and long time in the future…

    • Black ICE says:

      Sorry, but the fact that a product is from Apple is not really a reason, why it should be successful. Apple still is not number one in terms of number of customers. And Apps are available for all other systems as well. The number of apps for Android grow faster than for iPhone/iPad. And I see a lot of people, who change from an iPhone to Android based phones.

      The iPad has only one advantage: it is the first product on the market and has no concurrency at the moment as other products are still in development.

      Besides that it has one disadvantage, which is a totally no for me: the system is locked and you can only install what Apple allows you to do and even after that, Apple can remove Apps remotely when they want to. You as proprietor as the device are not asked and have no right to do anything without approval of Apple.

  3. xiaoa says:

    Wether from the aspect of features or the popularity, I will choose the ipad, the most important reazon is that the 9.7-inch screen size is very comfortable, which can make me enjoying movies on my ipad, at the same time, i also order a Aneesoft dvd to ipad converter and Netflix app, both all can make my “home theater” more perfect!

  4. stonee says:

    I’ve purchased an ipad, but I’m long to get a small BlackPad(7inch tablet). I’m using ipad as an kindle, so 9.7inch is big. My friends suggest me to enjoy videos with ipad and reccommend an easy-to-use video converter to me, ifunia, some of them think that ipad is next great portable video game device, taking the same opinion as ifunia’s(in their ipad column.)

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