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RIM’s “Playbook”, Another Pretender To The Throne?

It is generally agreed that Apple’s Ipad is the flagship tablet in the market today. But good thing the product is being revamped and repackaged as the iPad 2, a lot of tablets have played catch-up and probably would have edged it out of the top spot.

The Motorola Xoom was featured on this site as one of the hottest tablets soon to be released. Another contender is the Playbook, a product from the stables of the manufacturers of the Blackberry brand.

The last one year has seen the market share and sales of the Blackberry plummet, no thanks to the Android OS backed gadgets. However, the company has decided to field the Playbook as a device that would probably revive the fortunes of the company.

It has the following enviable specs;

  • 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16-64GB of storage
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
  • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

Hands-on tests at the CES showed that thePlaybook was much snappier that most devices out there. I daresay that if RIM should consider a release of a 10.1 inch version,  we may officially ask the Ipad to abdicate the throne in favour of the Playbook.

It is expected to be released very soon. There was, however, no mention of the pricing.

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Push Email

With the landmark judgement against Research in Motion (RIM), a Canadian Company and the providers of the Blackberry PDA, for patent infringement in 2006 and an award of US$612.5 Million in favour of NTP Inc, a Virginia based company, it seems safe to say that the technology of push email was pioneered by NTP and not RIM as widely believed. Even as at the time of filing in this report, there is an existing suit filed against Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Motorola for infringement of wireless email patents.

Not withstanding, the initial setback, it is a fact that RIM has been able to create a niche for itself in the wireless email sector, so much that its Blackberry product has become synonymous with Push email. They hold the ace and all other push email providers we will discuss in this write-up only try to attain the standards set by this company.

There are many solutions available and each uses a slightly different approach. However, most mobile solutions do not use a true push-model but employ a pull-model whereby the clients pull emails from the server at set intervals instead of having the mails pushed to the device from the server.