BlackBerry PlayBook preview (video) RIM 7 inch tablet
After reading about some Tablets that are going to be released in the near future I think we can all say RIM is behind in the Tablet Wars when it just now is starting. But RIM has decent marketing skill so that can make this tablet a success. #technology
It’s true, the BlackBerry PlayBook is weird in some ways. You have to tether to your BlackBerry to get your calendar or email. But it’s also pretty great.
It’s sort of the idealized seven-inch tablet, so dialed in it might be generic if it wasn’t so cleanly executed. As thin an iPhone 4, the corners are rounded, but not too rounded. The back is a rubber-y soft touch, but not too rubber-y. The button-free glossy black bezel? It’s actually a blank touch surface for gestures, like the Palm Pre. A 3-megapixel front camera stares out of the top.
The question is: Who, besides BlackBerry users, is going to want to buy it? The core email and calendar apps are completely tethered to a BlackBerry. Without your BlackBerry, there is no native email or calendar app—just access through the (admittedly good) web browser. But that’s gonna turn off a lot of people. And we didn’t get a chance to see what the new App World looks like, or any of the future apps that could make it a truly killer tablet—or break it.
This form factor is totally going to live and die by the apps, by the that things you can do with it. RIM’s smartly giving developers a lot of way into the PlayBook—Adobe AIR, HTML5/web apps (which they call WebWorks), a native SDK (only for special developers), and they can —but how many are going to bite?
RIM’s got something here that could really stand on top of the bajillion other crappy tablets that are going to launch this year. They just have to take it the rest of the way.