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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RE: Playbook and Galaxy Tab
by ricegf on Tue 28th Sep 2010 11:07 UTC in reply to "Playbook and Galaxy Tab"
ricegf
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2007-04-25

Actually, quite a few tablets are coming in 7" size now, for a critical reason - they fit in a (large) pocket. It's the size I plan to buy, once I find a tablet that's worth my money. MeeGo and webOS both look promising... and this. Nice commercial!

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RE[2]: Playbook and Galaxy Tab
by tuzor on Tue 28th Sep 2010 11:30 in reply to "RE: Playbook and Galaxy Tab"
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2007-08-07

Actually, quite a few tablets are coming in 7" size now, for a critical reason - they fit in a (large) pocket. It's the size I plan to buy, once I find a tablet that's worth my money. MeeGo and webOS both look promising... and this. Nice commercial!


Actually that's what their marketing department would like you to believe.
Why would you want to carry something like that in your pocket. Even if it fit's, it's an accident waiting to happen.

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RE[3]: Playbook and Galaxy Tab
by ricegf on Tue 28th Sep 2010 12:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Playbook and Galaxy Tab"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Um, because I've carried my other tablets in my pocket for the past 4 years with no mishaps?

The point is to have the tablet with you wherever you need it, without having to lug around a backpack or attaché case with a large slate. This is the same use case as for the Kindle 3 (have you noticed it has a 6" display, by chance?).

I agree that it's a different use case than is targeted by iPad, which is most suitable for use on the recliner at home. But I prefer a netbook in that situation, since I tend to type a lot while reclining. :-)

Fortunately, the market will sort this all out and determine if enough people want pocketable tablets, or most prefer an iPad-sized tablet. But certainly this person wants pocketable!

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Mobile devices made by other manufacturers are usually using better than "cheapest shit we could find" components, and things like: fitting in pockets, surviving use in the rain, being dropped on the floor and being sat on, are expected quality levels for non-Apple consumers.

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RE[2]: Playbook and Galaxy Tab
by aliquis on Thu 30th Sep 2010 00:28 in reply to "RE: Playbook and Galaxy Tab"
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2005-07-23

URL to commercial?

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RE[3]: Playbook and Galaxy Tab
by ricegf on Thu 30th Sep 2010 09:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Playbook and Galaxy Tab"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Here y'go. It shows several advantages of the 7" form factor: Fits in jacket pocket, back pocket or purse, and can be operated with one hand while doing something else. Video conferencing with any computer (e.g., Skype), Flash games, streaming to HDTV, taking photos and videos, the 32 gig uSD card, and some other nice features are also highlighted. It's just a great "lifestyle" commercial IMHO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV3xJRjH--8

I'm more of a Meego fan personally, but I'm fairly certain the tablet in my future looks more like the Tab than the iPad. YMMV, as always.

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