1RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
Months past its expected launch date, the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook went on sale April 19. Priced from $499 to $699, the PlayBook relies on a wireless tethering feature called BlackBerry Bridge, which uses the connectivity of a BlackBerry smartphone to display email, calendar and other information from the phone.
3Popping the Lid Off
4The Rear View
RIM has a lot riding on the success of the PlayBook, and folks at Texas Instruments must also be crossing their fingers for its success. iFixit found at least eight chips on the tablet’s motherboard that are from TI. A few of them, visible on the back of the board, are outlined in purple, red and orange.
iFixit found a 20 watt-hour battery inside the PlayBook. While smaller than the iPad 2’s battery, the PlayBook’s display is smaller, which means a little less drain from things like video theoretically could even out their battery life. (According to some reviewers, however, it doesn’t.)