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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 28, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    RIM unveils PlayBook

    Ciara O'Brien

    It’s been flagged for a while, but yesterday, Blackberry maker Research In Motion unveiled its challenger to the iPad. Say hello to the RIM PlayBook.

    Photograph: Bloomberg

    Like the iPad, it has a touch-sensitive screen, wifi and bluetooth. It measures up at 7 inches to the iPad’s 9.7 inch display. Unlike some versions of the iPad, however, it won’t have 3G built in. To access the internet over a mobile network, you will need to connect it to a Blackberry handset. This could either be avery clever move by RIM, or a spectacular backfire. We’ll see.

    RIM  is pushing the idea of “internet as it should be”. In other words, it supports Flash, opening up all those websites that were previously greyed-out boxes to iPad fans. It will also support HTML5. And it’s got a 1GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM too, which means it should, in theory, be super speedy.

    The Blackberry maker is also boasting of its “true” multitasking. In other words, you’ll be able to watch a movie in one window, while going online in another – one area that the iPad falls sadly short in at the moment.

    What else? A camera for video conferencing. Front and rear-facing, if you please. And RIM’s main weapon:  it’s enterprise ready, which means they’re bringing the security and data capacbilities of the Balckberry platform to the tablet.

    Of course, I’ll have to wait until I get my hands on one to see whether or not this is going to be any challenger to the iPad. At first glance though, it looks like things might just have got interesting.