Here’s today’s ugly tablet rumor, if you’re pinning any hopes on the upcoming PlayBook tablet from RIM (makers of Blackberry devices). According to one analyst there are serious issues with battery life for the new PlayBook – which is managing just a few hours and may be the cause of its delayed release (now not due until May of next year).
Research in Motion is unable to match the iPad’s longer battery life with its prototype PlayBook tablets, which get just a "few hours" of battery life, according to one analyst. Analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros. issued a note to investors Tuesday warning that engineering issues with the BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life could be the cause of delays.
The battery issue could "require a bit of re-engineering," said Wu, and is "likely why RIMM pushed out its launch to the May 2011 quarter."
Oh boy. There’s trash talking, and then there’s ‘somebody slow down on the meds for that guy’ trash talking. The co-CEO of RIM (makers of Blackberry devices) is falling well into the latter category in his latest pronouncements on his company’s still-unreleased tablet called the Playbook.
Invigorated by RIM’s better-than-expected results, Balsillie touted RIM and the PlayBook as superior to Apple in a several minute rant during the company’s earnings call, Silicon Alley Insider reports. Balsillie’s comments were in response to a question from JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall, who asked what RIM’s plans were to get ahead of Apple and Google in the market.
"I think the PlayBook redefines what a tablet should do," said Balsillie, who believes the market will shift away from "a proprietary SDK and unnecessary apps," presumably a reference to Apple’s iOS and App Store, to "web fidelity and tool familiarity."
Very impressive looking results for the Playbook, the upcoming tablet device from RIM (makers of Blackberry devices). The results for the rendering of the page with a lot of Flash content is hardly a shocker of course, but the overall results are a little surprising – although I imagine these sort of tests can always be shaped a little to favor the product being promoted.
Oh, and the really obvious qualifier here is that the Playbook is still not released, and not even due to be released until next year. So let’s see how this test goes with an actual product that’s out on the shelves, and versus the iPad 2 that should be out around the same time.
The score is tied, the clock’s run out and the team needs a win. Everyone gathers round coach as he pulls out the iPad and draws the play. Players quickly see and understand their assignments. Go team! Continue reading →