Enterprise Mobility: RIM's PlayBook Offers Multitasking and BlackBerry Tethering

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-01-10 Email Print this article Print
Research In Motion used the Consumer Electronics Show to reveal a little more about the PlayBook, its 7-inch tablet aimed at both an enterprise and consumer audience. In contrast to the Apple iPad and growing legions of Android-based tablets, RIM made the decision to build its own proprietary operating system for the device. Hardware-wise, the PlayBook includes front- and rear-facing cameras for video conferencing, and a dual-core processor for running multiple apps simultaneously. Business users may be attracted to the PlayBook's ability to tether with their BlackBerry. RIM let eWEEK fiddle with the PlayBook for a few minutes at CES, and the experience was largely a smooth one. The device seems capable of operating a handful of apps and games simultaneously with little slowdown, while loading Websites quickly (with Adobe Flash 10.1 support). RIM is currently tweaking the device's battery life to provide what executives describe as a full day's worth of use. The question now is whether third-party app developers—and consumers—will embrace the platform.

RIMs PlayBook Offers Multitasking and BlackBerry Tethering

by Nicholas Kolakowski
RIMs PlayBook Offers Multitasking and BlackBerry Tethering
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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