After the successful launch of Apple’s iPad 2 comes the latest development of Research in Motion to enter the world of tablet PCs, the Blackberry Playbook. Last Tuesday, RIM announced its Blackberry PlayBook tablet will finally hit store shelves on April 19 after it was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.
The Blackberry PlayBook represents a beginning opportunity for RIM in a booming tablet marketplace. The company will sell its tablet in 20,000 retail and wireless carrier outlets including Best Buy for as little as $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. Currently, you can now make you pre-orders through Best Buy via a $50 deposit.
The Blackberry PlayBook is almost similar to its greatest rival iPad 2. Their main difference lies on the size, weight, and Flash support. RIM’s Playbook is significantly smaller measuring 7.6 inches tall and 5.1 inches wide, compared with the iPad 2′s measures of 9.5 inches tall and 7.3 inches wide.
While iPad 2 is thinner measuring 0.34″ as compared to PlayBook’s 0.40″ thickness, the PlayBook is lighter weighing 0.9lb as compared to iPad 2′s weight of 1.33 lbs. A big drawback though on the iPad 2 is the fact that it does not have Flash support. For a full list of comparison of features, you can visit iPad 2 specs here and Blackberry PlayBook’s specs here.
RIM hopes that the Blackberry PlayBook’s natural attraction with its corporate-friendly smartphones would give sales an early boost.
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