In September, the Canadian company Research in Motion (RIM), known for its business-oriented BlackBerry smartphones, announced its first PlayBook tablet, which attracted the attention of the public and other market players. The device turned out to be really interesting, and in terms of filling it is the best of what is on the market and of officially announced products too. A positive reaction was also caused by the specially developed BlackBerry Tablet OS operating system, for which a well-known company in certain circles is responsible. QNX. The release of the tablet is expected only next year, but RIM has begun a systematic offensive against competitors in general and Apple in particular right now. First, she did a head-to-head comparison between the iPad and the PlayBook.
Since the product itself is not yet on the market, and therefore there are no third-party programs for it either, the company began to compare bundled software, namely a web browser, its functionality and speed on two devices. For his part, the executive director of RIM Jim Balsillie (Jim Balsillie) started proving at the event Web 2.0 Summitthat people really only need a web browser on a tablet, and not the tens of thousands of apps that the iPad has. And this very PlayBook browser is better and functions 3-4 times faster.
The fact that the PlayBook renders web pages much faster than the iPad could have been assumed before, but now it has been proven in practice. This result was expected because the filling in the new gadget surpasses that in the iPad for a generation. The processor is more powerful (ARM Cortex A9), the RAM is four times more (1 GB in the PlayBook and 256 MB in the iPad). Although a high-quality operating system can also play a significant role, intelligently distributing hardware resources, which was demonstrated earlier at the Adobe Max conference.
Those glitches in Safari on the iPad
In the Acid3 test, both devices have parity – they completely passed it, but the browser found a graphic glitch on the iPad. I checked with myself – there is one and not even one. Ideally, there should not be any extra elements in the picture at all, and the PlayBook showed just such a picture. It was also shown that the RIM tablet supports Flash to the fullest, and this is true. The official website of Adidas looks the same on the PlayBook as it does on a computer browser, it is fully functional, only it slows down mercilessly. On the iPad, of course, everything looks much simpler, instead of a solidly animated page, we see only static images. But then again – is all this beauty necessary if the browser falls into a stupor on it? And this is on the latest processor, to say nothing about the same Samsung Galaxy Tab, which also supports Flash, but the technology works even worse there.
In general, the test was interesting and it showed that RIM has created a really cool gadget. In addition, the company plans to sell it for no more than $500. But on the shelves of shops this device will arrive only in the first quarter of 2011 in the US and in the second – in other regions of the world. Then he will have to compete with the iPad 2 and other equally powerful alternative products that will use the new version of Android already adapted for tablets. [TechCrunch]
In September, the Canadian company Research in Motion (RIM), known for its business-oriented BlackBerry smartphones, announced its first PlayBook tablet, which attracted the attention of the public and other market players. The device turned out to be really interesting, and in terms of filling it is the best of what is on the market and of officially announced products too. The specially designed BlackBerry operating system also caused a positive reaction …
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