Friday, April 15, 2011

Blackberry Playbook

The words "play" and "book" are a bit of an odd choice for RIM's latest attempt at consumer relevance, a tablet that, at its core, runs one of the most hardcore and industry-friendly operating systems known to man. The OS is QNX and the hardware is, of course, the BlackBerry PlayBook. It's an enterprise-friendly offering that's also out to conquer the consumer tablet ecosphere, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the BlackBerry handsets that have filled the pockets of corporate executives and BBM addicts around the globe.

It's something of a serious tablet when compared to the competition running software from Apple and Google and, while it certainly 
has games, its biggest strengths are rather more boring. It does a really great job at displaying PowerPoint presentations, for example, and has the security chops to keep last quarter's dismal sales figures from falling into the wrong hands. Exciting stuff? No, but useful features for sure, and regardless of whether you find those intriguing or boring this is RIM's seven-inch, Flash-having but 3G-lacking tablet clad in an unassuming but extremely sophisticated exterior. It's what's running behind the glass that disappoints.


  1. It has more a lot more strengths than just displaying good presentations. A lot of the following features of the PlayBook are not even present in the ipad 2 :

    Dual Core Processor @ 1GHz
    1 GB RAM
    Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
    Video playback: 1080p HD Video
    HDMI video output
    Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB

  2. Let me tell you sir, these specifications arent there on the ipad or ipad 2 but it is no less, has a perfect touch screen and the biggest of all the appstore. Also if it lacks in the connectors, apple keeps it simple by giving one dock connector that connects to all. Apple makes it user friendly and convenient to use.

    Also to make it much more simpler, when you buy a wacth you get same features on a timex but probably less features in a rolex and at the same time rolex is considered strong. Hence it is also the build quality.

  3. I never said that the playbook is better than the ipad. I myself am a user of the ipad and am way too happy with it. I just wanted to correct your statement , when you said that the only strength of the playbook was to display good presentations. I always believe that a comparison should not be completely bias towards one gadget and has to be balanced.