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Blackberry Playbook Release Date

There have been new developments in the release date for the Blackberry Playbook. The Playbook is most likely going to be released in March 2011. This may be some indication for the release of the iPad 2 which may beat the Playbook to the finish line and be released in February 2011.

So what will be the difference between the Blackberry Playbook and the Apple iPad?

The Playbook has the ability to multi-task. This separates the Playbook from the iPad; however Apple’s update could rectify this. Multi-tasking will allow for two applications to run at the same time and tabs to be minimised. The dual-camera feature is very important especially because it allows for conference calling. The Playbook also has a built in USB port unlike the iPad, but the iPad 2 is most likely going to have a USB port as well. The iPad is for all the family but we don’t think the Playbook will be as it is intended and designed to be used for businesses.

Other surprising news is that the Playbook will not be using the latest Blackberry operating instead it will be running on the Blackberry tablet OS. Blackberry has also integrated Adobe Flash and Java into their Playbook.

The design of the Playbook is typical Blackberry. It is very sleek and is the obvious black colour. The Playbook’s size is 7.48 inches by 5.10 inches which makes it smaller than the iPad which is around 9 inches in length. As it only weighs 0.9 pounds it is very easy to use anywhere whether it is on the train, in the office or in the car. The Playbook’s screen is 1024 x 600 which mean it will be able to produce high definition media clips.

What do you think about the Playbook, would you buy it over the iPad?

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42 Comments

  1. bradey says:

    I probably would buy a PlayBook over an iPad for a few reasons,
    for starters, I’m a faithful blackberry user (not to say I don’t like using iPhones or anything, I just perfer Blackberry OS Over iOS), another reason would be the BBM integration, the ability to chat with anyone with a blackberry OR playbook. And lastly, I perfer the smaller form factor over iPad.

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    • JV says:

      I’m faithful to BB as well because of the OS, however this article says “that the Playbook will not be using the latest Blackberry operating (system) instead it will be running on the Blackberry tablet OS.” I read on another site the OS is called QNX which is not compatible to any BB apps. So we’ll have to see how good this thing really is.

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    • Laedeekat says:

      I agree whole-heartedly. I plan to purchase this gadget. I like the convenience of a small ‘laptop,’ and have been a blackberry user for a few years.

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      • Bruse says:

        I can’t wait to purchase one. I love the playbook size and adobe flash. I play lots of games in facebook so playbook is perfect for me. U can’t play flash games with the ipad…that’s sucksss…that’s why I didn’t get the ipad last year

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  2. Terry says:

    Definitely!

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  3. Lyle says:

    I am patiently waiting for the BlackBerry Playbook.

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  4. stewart says:

    most definitely,would be interesting to see what the cost would be?

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  5. billtech66 says:

    absolutely will I buy the Playbook over the ipad.
    I have an apple Mac Pro, an iphone 4, Windows 7 and XP computers.

    I’m tired of the shift apple has taken over the years, with the iphone and the ipad, which are high quality elegant products, but just for kids. Toys.

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  6. Ben says:

    Hope Rimm offers to trade my ipad for the playbook,

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  7. I really love to see the final specs of Playbooks. Adding USB port, BBM chat, huge Ram and storage, and also affordable price would be enough to defeat iPad

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  8. Brad Letourneau says:

    Can I prepurchase a couple of them? I have been patiently waiting for the release. I don’t care what the price will be. I need a mobile device to assist in selling real estate. iPad will not operate MLS or other real estate software which is the reason I will not buy them for me and other agents. My iPhone is just too small and limited. Hurry Blackberry, hurry!

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  9. Jim C. says:

    Will the Playbook have a phone? I’m torn right now btwn. purchasing a Samsung Galxy Tab without a phone (U.S.)now or waiting til March for the Playbook. Have been mostly happy with my Blackberry Storm phone and not sure if I should wait til March.

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  10. John Garner says:

    I will be waiting for the playbook, and will purchase it ASAP.. I just need a date!!!

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  11. Amanda says:

    I own everything apple except for my phone. I love my Blackberry and will never switch to an iphone. I have an iPad and its cool, yes… but the Playbook is going to be amazing and I can’t wait until it comes out!

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  12. Dan says:

    I would purchase the Playbook over the iPad. I prefer Blackberry to Apple. The only problem I see relates to service contracts. I have not researched the Playbook yet but if it ends up being like the BB Torch and is only available through AT&T then I will have to pass. Since this is a Tablet PC I am not expecting a problem. I have determined that if you are a Sprint customer you will never get the newest Blackberry product. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  13. Byron says:

    You folks need to do some reading. The Playbook does not have a 3G radio, no carrier required.

    It can work with WIFI out of the box. It can also connect to the Internet via Bluetooth on any Blackberry phone an it uses your EXHISTING BB DATA PLAN. It syncs with your BB via Bluetooth and can access anything on your BB. This will be available thru many retailers, not just the cell carriers.

    You will not have to have a BB to use it on WIFI, but you will have to have a BB to access the Internet if WIFI is not available. It will not connect with iPhone or Android phones.

    Due out in Q1 of 2011

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  14. Michael says:

    Blackberry and only Blackberry. I will take one now for beta test.

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  15. Mehrab says:

    I’ve been looking to get into real estate and have been looking at ways to improve communication and add some sort of ‘wow’ factor when in the field and the Playbook looks like it’ll be a great product to use simply b/c a lot of real estate websites now use flash for their interface which the iPad doesn’t allow as Safari for the iOS’s won’t support it.
    This is where the BB will take off in my opinion b/c of a lot of businesses that need a flash compatible browser.

    IF they add a SD slot, usb port, front facing camera and allow flash, I think the iPad’s will dominate the business world as well.

    I’ve always been able to seamlessly pair BB devices with Apple products and I’m sure there won’t be any issues in the past.

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  16. Phil hubbard says:

    We re big Blackberry users, we’ve just rolled out torches to everyone. If it can do Skype and has webcam and is competively priced to Ipad they will blow the Ipad away. Apple innovated the concept but RIM will hopefully delver a much better product. I cant wait.

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  17. Nick says:

    Even being an apple fan and looking up info on my MacBook and iPad, BlackBerry is a great company. I have the BlackBerry Torch and find it as good as an iPhone, I think that the PlayBook will be a great tablet and a tough contender to the iPad.
    Good job BB

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  18. Bt says:

    As long as you can install iTunes on it you will b able to tether iPhone to playbook. I wonder if the playbook will have it’s own Bbm pin number so if you don’t have a bbery u can still use Bbm.

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  19. Scandal X says:

    I will DEFINITELY buy a playbook over the iPad. I’ve never been a fan of Apple and now that Apple has competition, I’m looking forward to Blackberry giving them a run for their money. I currently have an iPhone and it given me nothing but headaches. I should have NEVER gotten rid of my Blackberry. What was I thinkin? Back to Blackberry to stay.

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  20. Frans says:

    So Playbook it will be. Why get anything else. Flash and Java on something which is working like it should without the need of ituna to copy music in a simple way. I mean, do you still need a reason to think this over. Da

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  21. Dan73 says:

    I was looking to get an Ipad but after seeing the Playbook, I’m going to wait. I almost traded my BB Tour for a droid because of the web (flash) but now that the Playbook has flash I will definitely get the BB Playbook! It’s time that BB stepped it up!

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  22. Carlos says:

    The Playbook may be the killer product to top over the Ipad, but its the more sensible choice.

    Ipad is basically chosen for its coolness but for business folks like me…it does not have a great ROI:

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  23. Pawan Bhojwani says:

    its a nice device altogether will surely buy one just waiting for it desperately .. tried to get in touch wid people back in US so tht i hv some1 to use on time..

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  24. Kimberly says:

    can't wait for it's release

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  25. Steve says:

    I cant believe they are not releasing it in time for Christmas

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  26. Bill Johnson says:

    Counting the days for the release, have purposely not purchased the Ipad waiting for the Playbook.

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  27. Tony Lewis says:

    I am in need of a mobile computer that is portable and fits my needs as a Realtor. I have a blackberry phone currently and don’t appreciate the monopoly that Apple has given t AT&T for so long. This inferior cell company, at least in my area, has taken advantage of their customers for far too long. I am hoping that the advantages that RIMM offers will make this new playbook a viable option and worth buying over the IPAD!

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  28. Ben says:

    I’m not an Apple, iAnything fan, not because their products are poor, but because of the way they operate. First, they left off a number of things on the iPad, mainly a webcam, so they can sell the iMinions a newer iPad this year. Second, the cost of their products are always overpriced. As a cost-conscience consumer, why would I pay extra $$ for a comparable product just because everyone else has one. I’m looking forward to the release of the Playbook and hope that I can pair it with my older Blackberry from Sprint. For me the pairing is the biggest feature to buy the Playbook over the iPad. Also glad they are supporting Flash, but I do hope there’s a switch so I can turn it off when I want. Flash is a known resource hog. I work for a media company and that’s all they talk about is support for the iPad, sure hope that this release opens their eyes to other possibilities.

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  29. John says:

    I will be one of the first to buy!!!

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  30. Dan says:

    I’m tired of waiting for the release of the playbook. I registered on the BB site for updates about the playbook and havent received the first update. Would certainly had preferred the playbook over the iPad, however I dont have the luxury of waiting. The rumored release of March, 2011 kills any chance that I will wait that long. I will be purchasing 12 iPads by the end of Jan., 2011. Sorry BB

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  31. Shivendra says:

    YES i will … just waiting for it to launch …

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  32. Shivendra says:

    RIM needs to speed it up ….. or else loose to the competition …

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  33. Taede says:

    I would purchase the PLAYBOOK. I love blackberry for it’s email and BBM but the other features suck. The playbook erases all that other stuff. I would use my phone just to make calls and my playbook for everything else. Of course Blackberry will wait to long like that always do and someone will come out with a device that has the same specs or better. Blackberry you are losing your grip on what you have. If you lose you core that will spell trouble for the company. Of course you don’t need to rush and put out a piece of garbage. but 2 devices would have been nice. one at the end of this year and another in 2011

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  34. Taede says:

    I would purchase the PLAYBOOK. I love blackberry for it’s email and BBM but the other features suck. The playbook erases all that other stuff. I would use my phone just to make calls and my playbook for everything else. Of course Blackberry will wait to long like they always do and someone will come out with a device that has the same specs or better. Blackberry you are losing your grip on what you have. If you lose your core that will spell trouble for the company. Of course you don’t need to rush and put out a piece of garbage. but 2 devices would have been nice. one at the end of this year and another in 2011

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  35. ladybug says:

    I have heard the battery in the blackberry playbook can not be remove.
    Is this true? If so what happens when the battery goes bad? I am very impress with the bb playbook. Just sick of Apple’s control. Just hope bb playbook’s price is alot better than Apple’s.

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  36. ankit says:

    Playbook all the way! Tired of the kiddish iPad. Don’t own it myself but I’ve used it. And rumors are floating about that the new Tablet OS might support android apps. If that’s true, then well, there’s no doubting who’s the winner amongst the iPad, galaxy tab & d Playbook!
    Come on RIM release it already!!!

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  37. Marg says:

    Playbook over IPad in many times over. One word: flash. Besides, the Playbook is a much sensible choice.

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