BlackBerry PlayBook : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary

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BlackBerry Playbook

RIM (Research In Motion) is a fabulously profitable Canadian maker of Java-powered cellphone/PDAs that have colour screens and an alphanumeric keyboard. They have now branched out into a portable computer similar to Apple’s iPad which they call the Playbook.

It has a dual core 1 GHz Processor with 1 Gig of RAM (Random Access Memory). It has a 71024 × 600 screen. This were considered formidable desktop specs not that long ago.

It has two HD cameras one facing forward and one facing back.

It uses the QNX OS (Operating System), which is what drives the world’s credit card system. It supports Java. Its browser is the first I have heard of that supports HTML5 (Hypertext Markup Language version 5). It supports Flash, which lets you view the bulk of the streaming video on the web.

It is not a cellphone, but it is designed to work in conjection with a BlackBerry cellphone. The website is cagey about whether the pad itself has any communication ability without an aux cellphone. They don’t mention WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) ability either. Presumably it has none. The site is quite frustrating, with a patronising Don’t worry your pretty little head’ design mostly empty black space. “Just look at the pretty glossy pictures. That is pretty common these days, but even the downloadable specs are full of fluff like that. At least they tell you the processor speed and amount of RAM — specs competitor Apple refuses to divulge.


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