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CES 2011: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Hands On (video)

RIM is jumping into the tablet game (as is everyone it seems), but theirs has been billed as being directed to the business users out there. After Jonathan Rettinger got to spend a few minutes with it today, we both walked away thinking it worked well, was smooth and was a decent tablet, but neither of us exactly walked away going, “wow, business people are going to go nuts for this.”

The multi-tasking worked well, the videos were smooth and the capacitive screen was extremely responsive, but we just couldn’t grasp how this would be “the” tablet for business people. That’s up to each person to make up their own mind, but to us it was just yet another tablet on the market.

For those who don’t remember the details, here are the Playbook tech specs again.

  • 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz Tegrdual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
  • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...