9/28/2010

BlackBerry Tablet Announced, Named PlayBook

With rumours of a BlackBerry tablet having been around for some time now it was no great surprise to us here at Compare and Recycle to hear RIM have announced the BlackBerry PlayBook. The PlayBook is a rival to the iPad but RIM have taken a slightly different approach than Apple, with the PlayBook aimed at consumers who want a little more power under the hood than the iPad can currently offer.

The 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600 which should be great for watching movies and will unsurprisingly feature capacitive multitouch technology. The inclusion of a dual-core 1Ghz processor comes as a bit of a surprise and is the most powerful CPU seen in a tablet to date. The device also features a generous 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 3MP front-facing camera, making video conferencing possible. The usual connectivity options are included such as Bluetooth, WiFi and microUSB, while the addition of a HDMI port comes as a nice bonus to these other standard connections.

RIM appear to have done a great job on the software front with support for Flash 10.1, a strong focus on gaming and an interface which looks a lot like a blend between webOS and BlackBerry OS. With such impressive hardware specifications the performance of the PlayBook OS should be on par with it’s visual appeal.

It’s unlikely that RIM will be able to compete with the strength of the App Store but as Android has proven, developers are willing to support other platforms than iOS. The iPad does also have a larger screen, although this means that the iPad is quite a bit larger than the PlayBook, so the question of whether this is actually an advantage or disadvantage is really down to personal preference.

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab could offer a strong challenge to Apple’s dominance of the tablet market,  it looks like the real battle may be between the PlayBook and the iPad. The PlayBook is likely to be released in early 2011.

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