BlackBerry PlayBook: Top Dog for Businessmen?

 

By Posted 23 Mar 2011, 16:15

With so many impressive tablets being released this year people are finding it hard choosing the right tablet for them, today we thought we would look at which tablet is the obvious choice for today’s businessmen.

RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook is what many experts believe will be the businessman’s tablet, if you check out the official BlackBerry Playbook website you will see that a lot of its features seem to be perfect for the modern day business user.

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Let’s start with what we have come to expect from RIM‘s BlackBerry devices, BlackBerry Enterprise Server compatibility (out-of-the-box), this will allow you to connect to enterprise networks to sync emails, contacts and calendars etc. In layman’s terms it means that you will be able to connect your PlayBook to your existing business / enterprise network securely, reliably and easily.

The PlayBook will also support a lot of commonly used technologies, firstly when browsing the web you will be able to view both HTML5 and Adobe Flash 10.1 content, the iPad 2 does not offer Flash support, businessmen may need to view Flash content every now and then, therefore the PlayBook should not disappoint.

Multitasking is also supported, this will be very useful for business users. When writing articles I quite often have a few web pages, a word processor, image editor and email client open, without multitasking capabilities my work would take a lot longer.

When Apple unveiled the iPad 2 many were shocked to see no 4G connectivity, well the BlackBerry PlayBook is 4G complaint and there will be WiMax, LTE and HSPA+ variants, also all models feature WiFi a/b/g/n, this should ensure that you can stay connected no-matter where you are.

If you already own a BlackBerry smartphone the PlayBook is a great choice of tablet, the PlayBook can wirelessly connect to your BlackBerry to access email. calendar, the address book, tasks lists and BBM.

Finally the PlayBook will offer Adobe Mobile AIR, Open GL, SMP, POSIX OS and WebKit support, this will allow developer to easily port their apps, before hearing this many were skeptical about the PlayBook’s app offerings.

To us the BlackBerry PlayBook looks like the ideal choice for businessmen / enterprise users, do you agree?

  • Tami

    I agree with this totally, but when are they ever going to launch it?? First it was January 2011, then they said first quarter of 2011, then April 11th, then I heard sometime in June – what exactly is the holdup if they supposedly have all this done? Or is it all jus ttalk? Some of us business blackberry users would really like to get on with it. No where on Blackberry's site does it give a specific launch date. That's the real question. Will they ever launch it before Apple launches a third IPAD??

  • Neuro Guru

    Forget it! So may BB owner already bought ipad, and which company want somebody to use a tab in office? is there something called computer on your desk? Tablet just don't fit in the business world. And besides all these, a 7 inch tablet has the same price as ipad and other 10 in tablet? are you kidding me, RIM….. have I even mention RIM Playbook's nobody-know-what OS? ….. Apps?….. yeah, I think I just stop right here.

  • jettgerbil

    Obvivously Neuro Guru, is not in business or done his research.
    BB owners may have bought the iPad for the kids to play with, the "toypad" just doesn't measure up.
    The name is business is portability and security two things BB Playbook has, and the "toypad" lacks.
    Don't get me wrong the iPad was very much ground breaking, however, it is very far from perfect, even its second outing…which brings up a point 10 months after Ipad 1, another one…people should wait two years and get the Ipad4, it should really be something by then.

  • tablet war

    it's launching april 19th in 20,000 retail outlets across north america (wifi only version) with 3g & 4g versions by summer.

    people like myself have already pre-ordered the device….futureshop, best buy, staples…

    it will be the top dog tablet in the business world hands down….

    the question is whether it will make a dent with consumers and REALLY boost rim's revenue. predictions from as low as 2 million this calendar year to as high as 8 million.

    i think it will sell more than any other tablet with the obvious exception of the ipad.

    ipad predicted to sell 40 million this year.

    the qnx os on the tablet will be ported to blackberry phones. so ios and android watch out. the qnx platform is the most powerful and they got TAT for UI!