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RIM CEO Says Non-existent Tablet Is Way Ahead of the iPad


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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."

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Browser Speed Test: RIM’s (unreleased) Playbook Tablet vs. iPad

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.

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