Wednesday, January 12, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook

Hey Guys, it's been a long time since my last post, partly busy, partly just never got around to it. So what's this post about? Something I am very excited about, and I know most of you are too. The BlackBerry Playbook! Now I know most of you have already seen the promotional video for the device already as it's been announced for quite some time now, but I'd like to talk a bit about what I think of the device. First off let's take a look at the specs.

* Full computing power in a tablet format
* 1 GHz dual-core processor
* 1 GB RAM
* Symmetric multi-processing
* Full Adobe® Flash® 10.1 enabled
* Built-in support for HTML 5
* No-compromise rendering of text, graphics and video
* 3G network access using your BlackBerry® smartphone as a modem
* 4G network access available on BlackBerry® 4G PlayBook™ tablet
* Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n
* Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR
* Front facing 3MP camera, rear facing 5MP camera (full 1080p video capture)
* HDMI output

Now, just looking at the specs alone, this tablet is clearly set to outperform the iPad as well as the existing android tablets on the market. To me, the most exciting feature of this tablet is Full Adobe Flash support, something you don't see on the iPad. What this means is you can now take full advantage of the internet on your tablet device. Recently demonstrated was Facebook. With flash support you can actually play your favorite Facebook games right on the tablet, instead of downloading an app like you would do on your iPad! Also shown is the Playbook's ability to show the full content of websites such as Facebook and Youtube, instead of a slimmed down mobile version. Another plus for me is having BlackBerry Messenger on the tablet. If you own a BlackBerry, you more than likely frequent BBM and having it in a larger format that you can use at home or on the go is awesome! True multi-tasking is also exciting. The ability to play a video on Youtube while making changes to your calendar, or messaging someone on BBM is excellent. Full 1080p video capture, and output via the HDMI connection is astounding. I can only hope that Skype will make an appearance on the Playbook utilizing the front facing camera as they have now done with the iPhone 4. So what is my recommendation regarding the Playbook? Buy it! If you are in the market for a tablet currently, hold off until the release of the Playbook. The specs are amazing, the capabilities are above and beyond, and developers are working hard to make sure that app world is stocked and ready to go upon release. Pricing has yet to be annouced, but I would guess it will be comparable to that of the iPad/Galaxy tab. As always, thanks for reading, and check out my youtube videos, my channel is berkvens852.

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