Blackberry is also in the race of Tablet market now with its new release called Playbook. The specs of Playbook are :
- OS: QNX, BlackBerry Tablet OS with with symmetric multiprocessing
- Processor: 1GHz dual core Texas Instruments OMAP4430
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB internal
- Display: 7-inch WSVGA, 1024×600
- Battery: Lithium-ion 5400 mAh
- Ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headset
- Weight: 14.4 ounces (425 grams)
- Dimensions: 7.6(h) x 5.1(w) x 0.4(d) inches
- Camera: 5MP rear-facing, 3MP front-facing
- Sensors: Accelerometer, GPS, digital compass, 6-axis gyroscope
- Keyboard: Virtual QWERTY
- Networks: LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+ models later in 2011
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Tethering: Only to a BlackBerry smartphone
If you are already a Tablet user, I guess PlayBook is not going to inspire you much. The distinguishing feature in PlayBook is its fast browsing and simple yet innovative interface. If you are a hardcore Blackberry Fan, then this is some for you. Another great feature of PlayBook is its Swipe up and Swipe down.
Now coming to the major drawback, like majority of Blackberries, PlayBook has less number of apps where Apple and Android are already dominating the market. Another drawback is that it does not come with native email and calander which RIM says that they will add it later this year.
In a nutshell, PlayBook is for two types of people. One who are hardcore Blackberry loyalists and second who wants to experience ultimate web browsing and use it for business features like video videoconferencing etc as it is an excellent solution for enterprise
While Apple is hitting the market with its latest news all related to its new products, then blackberry does not want to stay back. Rim has lately launched the new ‘Playbook’ as a rival to the iPad in Los Angeles at the Adobe Max Conference. Playbook is a multi-touch7-inch tablet with a common design as of iPad; however, it is incorporated with the RIM’s BlackBerry services.
RIM has adopted an entirely different approach towards Adobe technology as considered to Apple which has simply refused making using of Adobe technologies into its iOS gadgets. However, the Playbook is not only featuring Adobe Flash but also in incorporating the entire system with the Adobe Air technology, as this is extremely useful in powering all the major applications. The Adobe Air technology has been developed by Adobe as this will enable the Flash based applications to run offline.
RIM is also offering such developers who can create applications that can be approved via the RIM store and will be integrated as to be accessed freely in the BlackBerry Playbook. The Playbook is featuring accurate multi-tasking and a large number of applications can be running in the background as the machine is being used. The applications can be easily switched in the same manner as using Application Switcher in the iOS 4.1 update. Some desktop interfaces are similar to that of iPad, particularly when it comes to the interface that is used by Apple to display photos; however, there are several back end services like RIM security that is providing significant differentiation behind the scenes which should be considered.
The differentiation is between RIM’s Playbook and the iPad as it should be the only focus. The RIM’s Vice President, Tyler Lessard stated that we are looking the expectations of our consumers. It is one of the things that was desired and required for day-to-day activities. Consumers do not want a product that they think is going to be left behind which they happen to pick once a while. Manufacturing it in a 7-inches form is one of the most important factors.