BlackBerry Maker Unveils PlayBook–Its Tablet to Compete With Apple’s iPad

Sep 28, 2010  •  Post A Comment

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion unwrapped its tablet computer on Monday, seeking to woo business customers who might otherwise opt to buy Apple’s iPad device, reports Bloomberg News.

Called the BlackBerry PlayBook, the device has a 7-inch screen, smaller than iPad’s 9.7-inch screen, and is also lighter and slimmer than Apple’s product, the story says. RIM said that the device will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2011 and in other countries in the second quarter, although it didn’t disclose a price for the device.

The company is trying to get its product to consumers before competing tablets are introduced by Hewlett-Packard, Samsung Electronics and Motorola, the article adds. Aside from the smaller size, one difference from the iPad is that the PlayBook’s browser is compatible with Adobe’s Flash technology, giving customers the ability to view a wider range of video content from the Web, the article adds.


  1. I really like the new design.

  2. Okay, so RIM manufacture just announced the release of their new product called the Blackberry Playbook. So, what do you think? Could this be the next big thing? Will you buy one?

  3. This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  4. Great stuff, though there are a few points I would query.

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