Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BlackBerry maker’s tablet targets iPad - The Boston Globe

I’m not seeing anything compelling in this device description

The PlayBook will be able to act as a second, larger screen for a BlackBerry phone, through a secure short-range wireless link. When the connection is severed — perhaps because the user walks away with the phone — no sensitive data like company e-mails are left on the tablet. Outside of Wi-Fi range, it will be able to pick up cellular service to access the Web by linking to a BlackBerry.

But the tablet will also work as a standalone device. RIM’s co-chief executive, Jim Balsillie, said its goal is to present the full Web experience of a computer, including the ability to display Flash, Adobe Systems Inc.’s format for video and interactive material on the Web. That means the tablet will be less dependent on third-party applications, Balsillie said.

BlackBerry maker’s tablet targets iPad - The Boston Globe

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