The BlackBerry PlayBook is one heavyweight tablet PC that is getting its final touches in the Research In Motion camp and happens to be the front liner among many a high profile tablet PC awaiting launch in the first half of this year. In fact, the tablet is keenly looked forward to irrespective of the fact that the PlayBook is built for use primarily for the business segment.
Also, unlike many other upcoming tablet PCs, a good thing with the PlayBook is that RIM has kept everyone informed of the developments at their end and has provided videos of the tablet highlighting many of its positive qualities. So while we have known of the PlayBook vis-a-vis its capabilities such as multitasking, support for HD video and Adobe Flash and so on.
The highlight of the latest video is how the PlayBook can flourish in a business environment and brings forth many of its qualities such as viewing Microsoft Office documents or working with business apps and such.
However, in spite of all the good noises that the PlayBook has generated so far, the one aspect that is sure to irk many is the fact that the tablet does not come with its own built-in 3G connectivity and has to rely on a BlackBerry phone to get online. Also, the PlayBook does not feature a calendar and messaging apps for which, it again has to hook on to a BlackBerry. Perhaps the rationale behind such design decisions is that since the PlayBook is targeted mainly at the business community and with the majority of those in corporate world already having a BlackBerry phone, it will make better sense to enable them to work in conjugation with each other.
In fact, so much is the PlayBook dependent on the phone that when the tablet is connected to the phone via an encrypted Bluetooth connection, all secure business data actually gets stored in the phone. And once the phone is disconnected from the tablet, everything gets erased from the tablet as well. So its like you read, or delete your e-mails on the PlayBook but when its about the actual storage of any data, it takes place in the phone. While this will surely be of a lot of use to those who are heavily addicted to their BlackBerry’s, RIM may have a hard time selling the device to those who’d like to have a tablet that functions on its own.
Meanwhile, here is the video that will shed some more light on the upcoming tablet PC.