It seems like, since the dawn of the new millennium anyway, anything Steve Jobs and the folks at Apple touch turns to gold. The iPod line has been reigning supreme every since its introduction to the world a decade ago. The original iPhone dropped and revolutionized the smartphone market. And Apple’s latest toy, the iPad, has been flying off shelves faster than regular pads. Success breeds competition, and instead of sitting in their offices all day with their thumbs up their butts, the people at RIM, creators of the Blackberry, have taken notice and are almost ready to launch a tablet of their own: the Blackberry Playbook.
Like most tablets out today, the Playbook features a sexy yet minimalist design. It’s smaller than an iPad, featuring a seven inch, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support, and weighs less, too, at just a hair under a pound. Under the hood lays the brand spankin’ new Blackberry Tablet OS, which resembles a cross between Web OS (found on the Palm Pre) and Apple’s Coverflow and allows for things like true multitasking and compatibility with Adobe Flash 10.1. and Adobe AIR apps. Unlike the current generation iPad, the Playbook has dual cameras (a front facing 3 megapixel shooter and a rear facing 5 megapixel one) that support video conferencing and 1080p HD video recording respectively. There are a number of ports available along the side, including micro USB and mini HDMI ports, that you can use them to connect things like your Blackberry phone so you can look at information on your Playbook without the need for syncing the two devices. Of course, standard features like Bluetooth and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi are built in, and everything’s being powered by a blazing fast 1 GHz dual-core processor.
The Playbook won’t be available until sometime in the Spring of next year with the price yet to be determined.
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