Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Sep 2010 22:17 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Is Research In Motion still, well, in motion? Heck yeah they are. They just unveiled their long-awaited tablet, christened the BlackBerry PlayBook. It's got a dual-core 1Ghz ARM processor, and it runs... QNX! This alone already makes it the most awesome tablet ever.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 27th Sep 2010 22:34 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Calm down dear, it’s only a commercial.

Price hasn’t been set because I expect that they don’t actually know yet. Getting the manufacturing nailed down for next year leaves plenty of room for price scale. This all seems very high spec (even the iPad is not using an A9) and on face value would cost $800+. Blackberry could quite easily shoot themselves in the foot with pricing, and their me-too reaction to the iPhone has me rolling my eyes.

Yes, it’s QNX under the hood, but can I install my own image on it, is it going to be all proprietary locked down, no-touching, no-hacking? I think they could actually hold ground on the iPad if they let developers hack the system.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 27th Sep 2010 22:55 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Calm down dear, it’s only a commercial.


Apple announced the iPad over two months before it shipped - the 3G model took three months. The white iPhone 4 has been announced four months ago, with no shipping date in sight. It took more than six months for the webOS/Pre from announcement to shipping. Windows Phone 7 - same thing.

It's entirely natural to announce a device with a brand-new operating system 4-5 months early in order to make sure developers get with the program.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by JonathanBThompson on Tue 28th Sep 2010 01:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
JonathanBThompson Member since:
2006-05-26

Both the iPhone 4 and the iPad had firm ship/sale dates and prices when announced: this does not. This has a nebulous ship date and completely unknown price.

Because they did spec the hardware as high-end as they did, I'd be surprised if it is anywhere near comparable in price to the iPad. Sure, the iPad has 1/4 the RAM, etc. but everything is a tradeoff, and plus, more RAM and faster CPUs eat batteries for breakfast, so, for RIM's sake, I'd hope the smaller screen and (presumably) smaller process dualcore ARM processor use less power, or they simply won't compete when it comes to one of the iPad's biggest selling points: it's not tethered to a power brick or anything like that. Now, where the PlayBook may be a better bet is for those that find the smaller size more to their liking: hey, there's simply no one-size-fits-all solution for all needs ;)

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by aliquis on Mon 27th Sep 2010 23:03 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

Yes, it’s QNX under the hood, but can I install my own image on it, is it going to be all proprietary locked down, no-touching, no-hacking? I think they could actually hold ground on the iPad if they let developers hack the system.
WeTab is supposed to run MeeGo, also run Android apps.

License of MeeGo and QT is ok. Whatever they will lock down the item and application development I have no idea .. Sadly chanses are high for the whole market. Companies are idiots.

Edited 2010-09-27 23:05 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

People are buying ipads as web browsers, not for the app store.

It would be nice if they got it to around 4-5 hundred but I could still see people paying a premium for it over the ipad.

Better size, higher DPI, dual core, Flash, ARM battery life, Blackberry functionality and "playbook" is a great name on top it all.

QNX is just icing on the cake. This is a very strong entry, I'm impressed.

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tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

People are buying ipads as web browsers, not for the app store.

It would be nice if they got it to around 4-5 hundred but I could still see people paying a premium for it over the ipad.

Better size, higher DPI, dual core, Flash, ARM battery life, Blackberry functionality and "playbook" is a great name on top it all.

QNX is just icing on the cake. This is a very strong entry, I'm impressed.


Right, because the several billion applications [> 1 billion for just the iPad alone] are copies of Safari for the iPad.

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tuzor Member since:
2007-08-07

People are buying ipads as web browsers, not for the app store.

It would be nice if they got it to around 4-5 hundred but I could still see people paying a premium for it over the ipad.

Better size, higher DPI, dual core, Flash, ARM battery life, Blackberry functionality and "playbook" is a great name on top it all.

QNX is just icing on the cake. This is a very strong entry, I'm impressed.


Better size and higher DPI ?
The current iPad still has a higher resolution screen and it's an enjoyable 10" screen which is awesome for browsing, games or whatever and this is the current iPad; don't forget that by the time the Playbook is out the new iPad will have been announced.
ARM battery life ? Why wtf is the iPad running ?
Besides the larger size of the iPad allows it to have a larger battery which is a big advantage compared to the rest of these tablets and there's no mention of battery life on the Playbook, just wait and see.

As for the iPad just being used as a browser, you must be living in a cave because numerous reports all over the net would disagree with you.

Edited 2010-09-28 19:33 UTC

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Beachchairs on Tue 28th Sep 2010 02:19 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Beachchairs Member since:
2009-04-10

Yes, it’s QNX under the hood, but can I install my own image on it, is it going to be all proprietary locked down, no-touching, no-hacking? I think they could actually hold ground on the iPad if they let developers hack the system.

If their policy is anything like that of their Phones, then replacing the software shouldn't be that much of an issue. Using an unofficial OS on my Curve was as easy as running an installer executable.

That's not to say they won't go power drunk with their tablet...

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