Enterprise Mobility: RIM's PlayBook Offers Multitasking and BlackBerry Tethering
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 developersand consumerswill embrace the platform.