RIM has decided to enter the tablet computing market with the Blackberry Playbook. Here’s a look at what we can expect from the newest iPad competitor.
A brilliant touchscreen and peripheral support. The 7″ screen of the Blackberry Playbook is designed for a portable experience, and it looks fantastic. It will work solely through touch, although there are microUSB connections according to Blackberry so it should be easy to connect a mouse or keyboard if you’d want to for any reason. It’s under a pound, making it one of the thinnest, lightest tablets on the market.
A New OS. The Blackberry Playbook will have its own operating system according to Engadget with full OpenGL and POSIX support. It also supports HTML5, which means that it’ll be a powerful device for browsing the Internet–possibly more powerful than the iPad if Apple doesn’t release an update to the iPad OS before the Playbook is released. It also handles Flash 10.1, which is crucial for many common websites, and a clear point of separation between the Playbook and some of its other tablet competitors.
Integration with Blackberry devices. RIM realizes that the Blackberry tablet isn’t going to replace any one’s phone–it’s just a tablet, after all, and it’s meant to do, er, tablet-like things. The Playbook will integrate with existing Blackberry phones to prevent users from needing to re-sync info between the devices, probably through some cloud-computing and Bluetooth mumbo jumbo. There’s not a lot of information on this integration right now, but if it’s handled correctly it could provide a great reason for Blackberry owners to buy a Blackberry tablet–especially business consumers who want an easy way to perform minor computing tasks without going to the trouble to share schedules and the like.
More power than the iPad. In addition to its improved web browsing software, the Blackberry Playbook boasts a dual core 1Ghz processor. That means that it’s a real computer, probably fast enough to handle consumer games (although they’ll need to be designed specifically for the Blackberry, and don’t hold your breath on launch day) at very fast speeds.
Ultimately, it looks like Blackberry has a hit on its hands with the Playbook tablet. All the elements are there; we’ll have to wait to see how the app community adapts to the Playbook and whether consumers start picking it up.
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Topolsky, Joshua. “RIM Introduces Playbook–The Blackberry Tablet,” Endgadget
“Blackberry Playbook Tablet,” Blackberry.com.