The RIM BlackBerry PlayBook is the first-ever enterprise-ready, 7” tablet released by Research in Motion (R.I.M.), and it’s designed to compete directly with the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab. It differentiates itself first by using an entirely different and proprietary operating system known as the BlackBerry Tablet OS, which supports OpenGL, POSIX, HTML5, and Flash 10.1 (which is blocked on the iPad/iPhone). Another notable functionality is the parallel connectivity between devices, as a BlackBerry Torch (for instance) can be tethered by Bluetooth, after which users can work seamlessly from one unit to the other. One big difference compared to the iPad is that the Playbook has a front-facing 3MP cam and rear-facing 5MP cam that support high-definition video capture and video conferencing.
Like the iPad, the Playbook uses an LCD screen, which means it’s better suited for using on bright, sunny days. Mind you the Playbook’s screen is 7” like the Samsung Galaxy. Power/memory-wise, the Playbook comes out at top with double the processing power and a huge slab of RAM. As for the storage, the Playbook offers 16/32GB plus microSD, versus the iPad which goes up to 64GB. Connectivity is a loss though, as the Samsung Galaxy has WiFi + 3G + Bluetooth 3 + DLNA. But the Playbook has HDMI and USB, both of which you don’t get with Apple.
- BlackBerry Tablet OS w/Multiprocessing
- 7” WSVGA Capacitive Touch Screen
- Full Multi-Touch/Gesure Support
- 1GB Dual-Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- Dual HD Cameras (3MP Front, 5MP Rear)
- 1080p HD Video Recording
- 1080p H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV Playback
- Draft N / Bluetooth wireless Connectivity
- HDMI Video Output
- microHDMI, microUSB Charging
- Supports Adobe Mobile Flash
- Enterprise-Level Security