RIM PlayBook

RIM Shares their Playbook – Is It Enough?

RIM Shares their Playbook – Is It Enough?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Invasion of the Tablets.  I wrote about how within the industry tablets are one of the hottest trends happening right now and for good reason.  Today Research in Motion shared with the world their Playbook Professional Tablet.  We have all been anticipating RIM's entrance into the tablet market for a while now and since it is official its time to start the analysis.

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BlackBerry PlayBook QWERTY keyboard and charging dock accessories look likely

BlackBerry PlayBook QWERTY keyboard and charging dock accessories look likely

For a company that's built its reputation on hardware keyboards, RIM's decision not to give the BlackBerry PlayBook anything but an on-screen QWERTY could be seen as an unusual one.  Still, there's plenty of scope for accessories; the press release may be light on details, but we can draw a few conclusions from what RIM has said.  For instance, as well as the microHDMI and microUSB, there are battery charging contacts on the PlayBook tablet.

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BlackBerry PlayBook takes on iPad: Full Specs & Details

BlackBerry PlayBook takes on iPad: Full Specs & Details

RIM obviously knew they'd need some serious hardware to take on the iPad, and so they didn't hold back with the BlackBerry PlayBook.  We've got the full specs now, and this 7-inch 1024 x 600 multitouch slate is a pocket powerhouse that challenges not only Apple's tablet but the Samsung Galaxy Tab, too.  An ARM Cortex A9 dual-core 1GHz processor gets things going, then there's 1GB of RAM, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, microHDMI and - in the future - the promise of both 3G and 4G models.

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BlackBerry PlayBook official: 7-Inch 1GHz “Professional” tablet

BlackBerry PlayBook official: 7-Inch 1GHz “Professional” tablet

It looks like we might have spoken too soon. At this year's BlackBerry DEVCON, the possibilities are endless for Research In Motion. They have plenty of pent-up rumors and speculation being thrown around. Most of that around the BlackPad, the first tablet from the house that built BlackBerry. And, sure enough, RIM is working on a tablet device. It's not called the BlackPad, though. It's called the PlayBook, and it is indeed the BlackBerry tablet.

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