Posts Tagged ‘tablet’

Introducing the BlackBerry PlayBook

Research in Motion (RIM) has officially entered the tablet world. April 19 is the date that the BlackBerry PlayBook is going to hit stores at $499. An article on Mashable reviews the product and discusses whether or not they think it can hold its own against the iPad and Android tablets.

The first thing they note is the PlayBook is only 7 inches, which is a “tweener” compared to the 10-inch iPad, according to Steve Jobs. He states the size is too much of an in between– too big to be a smartphone, but too small to be a tablet. However, the author of the Mashable article makes it a point to say that since the PlayBook’s resolution is so high, which makes the text clear and the graphics bright, it feels very similar to the iPad. Their main complaint about the size is that it’s difficult to read in portrait mode, but much better in landscape mode. The author notes that this is a huge drawback.

Other positives about the PlayBook include the familiar interface, accessing notifications and its ability to multitask. The article goes into detail about how switching from one application to another is seamless and would be a “presenter’s dream.”

Some negatives include the lack of quality apps, which is not a new complaint for BlackBerry, and that users would need to hook up their BlackBerry devices to the PlayBook in order to access their mail and messages. The information from their device is not able to store on the PlayBook, however, which some may find inconvenient. Those without a BlackBerry device will have to use another web client for e-mail.

Ultimately, there are pros and cons to the PlayBook. As of now, the main appeal is pretty much just towards those who already own a BlackBerry device because of the limited e-mail capabilities, but RIM plans to tackle these complaints for future versions. To read the full review, you can visit the article here.


Can Samsung’s Revamped Tablet Compete With Apple?

In the world of tablet computers, few companies can stand up and compete with the juggernaut which is Apple.  Last year, with the release of the original iPad, Apple boasted an incredible 3 million units sold in just 80 days.  Samsung’s Galaxy tablet was far less successful.  Not only in terms of sales, but also the tablet itself.  Many annoyed users reported issues such as a slow, lagging browser experience, camera issues and more.  Even Samsung’s VP of their mobile division admitted that there were many inadequacies which needed to be fixed.

The new Galaxy tablet, version 10.1, is expected to be released early this June with new and improved features.  The tablet is already being compared to Apple’s iPad 2, which was just recently released.  Galaxy 10.1 will be both thinner and lighter than iPad 2, with a slightly larger touch screen.  In addition, Galaxy 10.1 will feature a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel camera on the front of the tablet; both cameras will be capable of shooting video in 1080p resolution.  The iPad 2, on the other hand, has a front and rear camera which are only capable of taking pictures in just under 1-megapixel and video in only 720p .

The iPad 2 will have two significant advantages over Galaxy 10.1.  The first, and most obvious, is Apple’s strong brand equity and the head start they already have in the tablet market.  The second is the sheer number of applications available to those who own the iPad (over 60,00o applications and growing) which is much higher than the Galaxy has to offer.

With the release date set for June 8, it is difficult to say how the Galaxy 10.1 will fare against the already popular iPad 2.  From what has been released regarding Galaxy 10.1, though, it seems Samsung’s new tablet will fare much better in the competition than their previous model did.