Friday, October 29, 2010

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How Blackberry Playbook Compares to Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Dell Streak

RIM (Research in Motion) has unveiled its iPad rival and it does justice to its brand too. Its screen size (7 inch) is smaller than the iPad but it has a denser resolution for its screen which is however bigger than the Samsung Galaxy and the Dell Streak.

What Blackberry officials say about it?

The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing and high performance multimedia.
I can't think of anything more architecturally game-changing that we've done, other than the launch of the original BlackBerry.

However, the danger for RIM is that Apple already has a big head start in the tablet market, and the buzz around its apps and ‘cool factor’ is significant. Ten features of the Playbook to know: 
Dell Streak, 5" screen
  1. It has a 1024x600 screen (denser than iPad) and weighs 400 grams (lighter than iPad, c. 700 grams)
  2. It runs BlackBerry Tablet OS powered by QNX technology.
  3. Runs apps written for WebWorks and Java.
  4. It's got an onscreen keyboard and the music player looks a bit like the iPod app on the iPad.
  5. Dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM which means a considerable multitasking advantage over iPad which struggles when several tabs run in Safari or some apps are running in the background. 
  6. Adobe Flash 10.1 and Adobe AIR are built in. AIR opens the door for some app opportunities.
  7. it comes with dual cameras (with video conferencing) and lots of ports; the rear camera is a 5-megapixel shooter, while the front is three megapixels (for video chat).
  8. It's got a standard micro USB port and there's a Kindle App on the way (It is more book-sized than the iPad).
  9. Easily pairs with a BlackBerry phone, so you can use the tablet to look at anything that's on the phone, without syncing the two. 
  10. It's coming out next year (US early 2011, elsewhere after March), and the price is unknown.
Here is a comparison of PlayBook with other tablets in the market: 

-Gizmodo, Blackberry, Mail Online, International Business Times