Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BlackBerry PlayBook

Yesterday at Research in Motion's annual DEVCON get together in San Francisco, the BlackBerry PlayBook was unveiled to be the next contender to enter the growing tablet arena. 
Looking at the specs for the device that have been released, it appears on the surface like it could position itself to be a true player:
-  1 GHz dual-core processor
-  1 GB RAM
-  Secure and manageable (Corporate win in my opinion)
-  Out-of-the-box compatibility with BlackBerry Enterprise Server (no extra infrastructure!)
-  Corporate data access (again, no extra infrastructure!)
-  True multi-tasking
-  Full Adobe Flash 10.1 enabled
-  HTML 5 Support
-  New OS built on QNX technology

But with all of the pluses, is having to have your BlackBerry smartphone nearby and paired to the tablet via Bluetooth to get your corporate data going to be a blessing or a curse? And with that pairing constantly running, how will that effect battery life?  Time will tell.
I really hope this gives RIM the shot in the arm it needs in my opinion to stay a leader in the market.  I love BlackBerry, but the last two generations of the devices have left me wanting more.  Much more.  Stay tuned!

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