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RIM Demos PlayBook at Adobe MAX


RIM has used Adobe’s Max Conference to provide the first glimpse of its PlayBook tablet in operation. Yesterday, Adobe unveiled the SDK for its Adobe AIR platform supporting the Blackberry Tablet OS. RIM is hoping that AIR’s cross platform appeal will persuade developers that otherwise might not look at Blackberry OS to code apps for the PlayBook.

RIM chief executive took to the stage to show off the PlayBook running the regular desktop PC version of YouTube and demonstrated it playing back an HD Adobe Flash 10.1 video. The PlayBook seemed pretty sluggish in operation but as its not scheduled to ship until next year, there’s still plenty of time to sort that out. Hopefully.

The Playbook will feature a 7in display with 1,024 x 600 resolution and will be powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core GPU with 1GB of RAM and three and five megapixel cameras front and rear.


October 26, 2010, 6:53 pm

Big deal, my (Android) phone can do that. Providing what people expect isn't worthy of applause. Though not having it should be worthy of scorn (though iPad sales don't seem to be showing much in the way of scorn).

Oh and the presenter needs to give his nodding dog "yup yup yup" a haircut.


October 27, 2010, 5:12 pm

I did want a tablet ... but fortunately I've been given an iPad by my employer in order to do some work on it ....

Day1 - picked it up ... browsed the web ... put it down ... picked up my laptop and browsed the web as it was intended.

and the thing is just too heavy for extended browsing anyway ... at least with my laptop as I'm looking at the screen it sits there at the correct angle without me having to hold it ... what a disappointment. Maybe for 200 quid ...

Haven't picked the iPad back up since - and I can't help have the feeling that if I had paid 600 quid for it I'd be suffering from a serious case of buyers remorse right now.

At least the RIM effort has flash ... although it does look a little slow and clunky


October 28, 2010, 7:27 am

@Castalan: Thank you for pointing out the issue of the weight of a tablet. I've been trying to highlight it myself but with little response. Three quarters of a kilo is too heavy for a device that you'll be holding most of the time.


October 28, 2010, 1:45 pm

@ffrank: you're so right - having used one now I'm really surprised no one really comments on this aspect.

Out of interest I bought my wife a current kindle - and the difference in weight between it and the ipad is like night and day - with the leather cover on it's a tad lighter than a hardback book - and she absolutely loves it.

doesnt stop her trying to use it as a touchscreen device though ... ;)

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