RIM Pits BlackBerry PlayBook Against iPad on Video, Guess Who Wins

We’re just as excited as you are to see the BlackBerry PlayBook in person. But on video is almost as good. RIM shared this video today to demonstrate its slate  in action versus the might iPad. In it you’ll see the PlayBook load a site faster, actually run Adobe Flash content, and render graphics more smoothly. All of this looks great, but it will take apps, apps, and more apps for shoppers to stray from Apple’s tablet and the coming wave of Android slates. And there’s also the matter of size. The 7-inch form factor makes the PlayBook more portable but not necessarily a better reading and productivity device.

Does this video make you want the PlayBook more or less?

Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. Bill Says:

    The Playbook looks awesome and I can now see how the more portable size will make a “huge” (pardon the pun) difference. I think better portability is actually directly connected to improved productivity and improved reading experience for that matter since I can use it in more places and positions to read stuff. And apps? I don’t agree that success will turn on the number of apps. The tablet is not a big smartphone. It’s a little/thin/portable computer and I don’t need a million apps on my PC or Mac, so why would I need them on a tablet? Sure, I need some, but I think it’s a mistake to confuse the needs of the tablet market and the smartphone market.

  2. JonGl Says:

    Fewer apps means fewer chances that you will have what you need. For instance, I need some specialized apps that are only on the iPhone, and not available on Android, WP7, BB or any other smart phone (except the now obsolete Palm Garnet OS).

    This promo is nothing more than a promo. Apple could easily show comparable areas where it shines over the Playbook. This particular one appeals to gear-heads. It’s kind of funny that a manufacturer which has always appealed to serious, business-types is touting features that only matter to the opposite sort of person who would be more interested in gaming, etc. Go figure. It is most definitely a “me too” device that is trying to carve out its niche. Whether or not it succeeds only time will tell…

    BTW, I don’t own an iPad, and have no intention of owning one…


  3. Douglas Tron Soltys Says:

    Hi Anna,

    As you saw in the video, we’re confident that having Flash provides a better web experience for PlayBook users. We totally agree with Bill’s comment that productivity and reading improves because of the 7 inch form factor, which makes it easy to take anywhere. Hope to share some new videos with everyone again in the future.

    Douglas from RIM
    @tron / @BlackBerry / @BlackBerryBlog

  4. Armando Acevedo Says:

    The fact that the Ipad does not support Flash is the only reason why I don’t have one. When I get home I don’t want to pull out my laptop to go on the internet and see what I need to see or edit what I need to edit. The technologies demonstrated on the video are needed to interface and interact with many websites. If it comes from RIM I know that I wont have to wait for my company to upgrade their mail server so that the tablet can access my corporate mail and other mail services. Looks like the only tablet on the market that has it well put together.

  5. vera mulder Says:

    Am excited about the possibilities of the blackberry playbook, but, if it has all the extra charges connected with the ipad, forget it. will buy neither.

  6. michael Says:

    I am blackberry owner. I am a Lenovo (W7) tablet PC owner. I have looked many times at the iPhone and the iPad. I can’t talk for other people, but it is all about usability for me. I am looking for a portable tablet that boots fast and allow ink/handwriting with a decent note app so i can get rid of paper note book in meetings. Full integration with my mail system is a must. If it can scan, I can get rid of paper. That’s where I use the blackberry camera for. I hope any of the tablet vendors can deliver this for me.

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