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Leaked Training Doc Shows BlackBerry PlayBook Coming to Staples in April

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A picture of a training doc shows that Staples will be running training sessions for the PlayBook on March 30th, which bodes well for the rumor that the device will launch April 10th. With the tablet arriving after the iPad 2 and the Motorola XOOM, you have to wonder what’s left for RIM in the consumer space. Even though they seem late to the consumer game, they’ll still have the enterprise and loyal customer base to prop up initial sales.
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BlackBerry PlayBook Pricing Revealed? 8GB, 16GB and 32GB Models

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It may be a little early to accurately predict or have concrete information about PlayBook pricing but the source was one of the first to get their hands on the PlayBook. Rumor has it that there will be 3 models of the PlayBook (8GB, 16GB and 32GB) and they’ll be available at following prices:

8GB: $399
16GB: $499
32GB: $599
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Another Hands-On Look at the BlackBerry PlayBook

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It’s a shame this group who have a BlackBerry PlayBook weren’t able to record a better video of the PlayBook in action. Currently, the PlayBook has gone out to select enterprise customers and this is when the leaks start to occur. Whoever has the PlayBook right now is probably pretty worried about getting pinched as it would cost their business a relationship with RIM. In any case, the team have put together some impressions in a writeup which is worth checking out. Highlights include:

  • UI is very appealing and fluid with no noticeable hang-ups or delays (even running the currently installed Beta QNX OS, which typically has more bugs than final releases).
  • Opened 12 applications and it didn’t miss a beat.
  • The PlayBook is very light (.9 LBS), yet feels solid and well built.
  • Feels better than the iPad in the sense that you can type in horizontal mode comfortably with thumbs, not feeling like you need to set it down.
  • Pairing your BlackBerry will allow mirroring of your device data (Email, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Tasks, etc) on the Playbook without physically storing any data.
  • Your Playbook will also be able to share the data plan you already have on your BlackBerry
  • PlayBook was used very heavily for a full day only starting with slightly over half a charge and it ran the distance.

The PlayBook just keeps looking bettter!

Some BlackBerry News You May Have Missed Last Week

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Were you away last week on vacation? Were you busy at work and didn’t have time to check the latest BlackBerry news? Well you’ve probably missed out on something cool. We have a ton of news surrounding the PlayBook, new apps and rumors about what to expect in the coming months/year from RIM. Hit the jump and catch up!
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BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad Internet Speed Tests and Comparisons

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RIM’s corporate culture seems to be changing significantly as they move towards a more consumer focused company. Recently, RIM released a BlackBerry PlayBook versus Apple iPad speed test video which is risky considering both companies have such large legal teams. Speed tests are also difficult because there are so many variables that can affect the test. Overall, it looks like RIM did an excellent job putting the test under clean conditions and it’s obvious the PlayBook kicks the iPad’s butt into oblivion when it comes to rendering websites fast and fully.

These videos are awesome and I’d love to see the PlayBook against the Galaxy Tab next.

Jim Balsillie Shoots Back at Apple CEO Steve Jobs About PlayBook and Tablets

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It’s great to see RIM firing back at Steve Jobs and not letting him get away with snide remarks about the PlayBook. As you may or may not know, Jobs had this to say about 7″ tablets: “The current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA, dead on arrival. Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small.” In response, Jim Balsillie had this to say:

“For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7″ tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.”

The 7″ PlayBook looks like a size that makes a lot of sense. It looks like you could fit the PlayBook into a blazer pocket which would make the size very portable.

What do you think? Is 7″ a good size or do you think the PlayBook should be bigger?