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Blackberry Playbook: The Blackberry Tablet

Tech Blog
Tuesday, 28th September, 2010

Yes, we have ANOTHER tablet on our hands. This time from my favourite company (LOL) Blackberry.

First off I dont hate Blackberry. I like them for what they are supposed to be used for, which are primarily a business communicator. They have a few products for the home market, with more to come, as we see here.

Its called the Blackberry Playbook, and i actually think it looks quite nice. There isnt too much info on it yet, none that the general public care about anyway, a few specs have been thrown out there, but no information on 2 things which for me would decide getting one or not: Battery Life and Price. So what do we know about it:

  • Its a tablet device, it looks pretty good
  • 1ghz dual core processor, 1gb RAM
  • It has a 7″ display 1024×600 screen resolution, multi touch
  • Size – 130mm x 194mm x 10mm and weighs in at 400g (0.9lbs)
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Runs Blackberry tablet OS /QNIX Technology
  • True Multi-tasking, Built In Micro-USB connector, It supports flash woohoo!! 😛
  • 3mp front facing camera, 5mp high defination rear facing camera

As mentioned, no information on battery life, price or even release date from what i can find.

Is it for me? Well probably not. I am assuming this is going to be expensive, and from what i have seen of other tablets, nobody seems to be able to come close to the battery times Apple is getting, which for me is a crucial factor in getting a device like this. Another reason is the screen size. 7″ is too small, if i want to buy a device like this i need a middle ground. PC 22″ Laptop 15″ Phone 3.5″…I need something a bigger than a phone and a little smaller than a laptop. 9 – 11″ for me is perfect, i can carry that around like a book, it wont fit in my pocket, but a 7″ screen isnt going to either.

More to come

The year 2011 (or maybe even late this year) will be the year of the tablet. HP have their Slate coming, we have the iPad, we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab and now we have this. 4 tablets from 4 huge companies, as well as other ones from other companies.

I am going to wait it out, and see what the future holds. The good thing about this is that companies like Apple now have real competition for the iPad, they will have to step it up, so maybe i will get the “iPad 2” or whatever it happens to be called when it is released 🙂

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