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VIDEO: The BlackBerry PlayBook Versus the iPad

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BlackBerry OS vs. iOS. Ready? FIGHT!

So you got really excited when RIM revealed the PlayBook earlier this year, and are disappointed at all this speculation that it's just vaporware. You wanted a RIM tablet to go with your BlackBerry and you don't really know when you'll be able to have one. Unfortunately, we still can't tell you when the PlayBook is going to launch (other than RIM's very vague 'early next year') but we can show you what you have to look forward to.

RIM has just posted a video of a PlayBook/iPad web-browsing duel to YouTube. Of course, the PlayBook fares pretty well – we can't imagine RIM would post the video if it didn't – but it is nice to get yet another peek of the ever elusive PlayBook. Check the video below and let us know what you think! Can you hold out until 'early 2011' to get one or will you cave and get something else in the meantime?

BlackBerry PlayBook and iPad Comparison: Web Fidelity

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    qu3becker , November 16, 2010 11:00 PM
    That is because they are holding the IPad wrong... It's magical, remember?

    Oh Hail Jobs!
    /Sarcasm
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    firebee1991 , November 16, 2010 10:56 PM
    The PlayBook is shaping up to be a very promising device. The only con I really see with it is that the screen looks like it may be too small. Time will tell.
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    hexacanon , November 16, 2010 10:57 PM
    ipad looks huge next to playbook
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    qu3becker , November 16, 2010 11:00 PM
    That is because they are holding the IPad wrong... It's magical, remember?

    Oh Hail Jobs!
    /Sarcasm
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    tayb , November 16, 2010 11:07 PM
    otacon72No matter how much people want Flash to go away it's not going to happen anytime soon. Could it be Apple doesn't like Flash simply because it's products can't handle it well as it pertains to battery life? The only thing Apple has going for it is battery life since it's products are underpowered and way overpriced. I've used an iPad and don't like it..it's to big for my tastes. I'll be getting a Playbook.


    Flash sucks and it kills performance and battery life. I've never once wished I had flash on my BlackBerry and disable flash on any of my desktop or notebook browsers.

    Having said that, I would still like to have the option because I am forced to use flash on occasion while I wait for the rest of the uncivilized developers to adopt their websites to html5. I don't play games.
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2010 11:25 PM
    you do not disable flash on your desktop...
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    xantek24 , November 16, 2010 11:33 PM
    Oh, NOW blackberry makes a fast browser...
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    Anonymous , November 16, 2010 11:49 PM
    Flash is a memory hog and a pest -- designers who abuse it should be forced to work in a room full of wasps so they realise how it feels to be distracted and annoyed.
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 16, 2010 11:57 PM
    Yeah, the flash on the Playbook runs like dog snot. Look! I can load Crysis! But, I can't play it because it's too slow. :/ 
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    kelemvor4 , November 16, 2010 11:58 PM
    otacon72No matter how much people want Flash to go away it's not going to happen anytime soon.


    Too True. Also, the fact is flash its-self doesn't pose any problems, it's the overuse of animated ads on various websites. You can eliminate the ads and have only the desirable content with Firefox and adblock+ (or similar for other browsers that have ad blockers). Apple blaming flash for the problem seems kinda like ford blaming Goodyear for potholes to me.

    In the end, who cares if apple users don't get rich content on the web. They can use lynx for browsing for all I care. Imagine how much battery life an ipod would have if you eliminated all that battery draining image rendering too!
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    christopherknapp , November 17, 2010 12:03 AM
    otacon72No matter how much people want Flash to go away it's not going to happen anytime soon. Could it be Apple doesn't like Flash simply because it's products can't handle it well as it pertains to battery life? The only thing Apple has going for it is battery life since it's products are underpowered and way overpriced. I've used an iPad and don't like it..it's to big for my tastes. I'll be getting a Playbook.


    Or could it be that you don't know poop from chewy chocolate?

    Flash WILL be overtaken by HTML technology very soon, within a decade is my prediction.

    Do you see how slow and sluggish the Flash is on the Playbook? Grow up and learn something, will you?
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    firebee1991 , November 17, 2010 12:21 AM
    christopherknappOr could it be that you don't know poop from chewy chocolate? Flash WILL be overtaken by HTML technology very soon, within a decade is my prediction. Do you see how slow and sluggish the Flash is on the Playbook? Grow up and learn something, will you?


    Just because it may be overtaken in a decade doesn't mean that devices made now shouldn't support technologies that used in the majority of websites now. Gotta keep up with the present and not just the future.
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    jmchien , November 17, 2010 12:34 AM
    I'm a bit skeptical, in my experience with the iPad webpages load much faster than demonstrated here...is it b/c of the flash?
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    toastninja17 , November 17, 2010 1:12 AM
    I'd rather buy the Galaxy tab.
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    smeker , November 17, 2010 1:43 AM
    otacon72 I've used an iPad and don't like it..it's to big for my tastes. I'll be getting a Playbook.

    Good for you man! You go and get that Playbook :) 
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    Albyint , November 17, 2010 2:21 AM
    The only tablet I would buy. I want one, but I think Im getting a lappy instead :-( Sad....
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    stoogie , November 17, 2010 4:56 AM
    macs fail apple fails
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2010 5:44 AM
    Playbook looks way to small, I prefer the 10" iPad anyday when it comes to using the tablet for anything more than a video on an airplane....

    1024x600 was a stupid resolution to use in NetBooks and it is still stupid in tablets. EPIC FAILURE!!!!

    Using the classic trick where you compare the speed of a beta product with a product released months ago, classy there Rim. I am quite sure that if that iPad would be running latest greatest beta/alfa from Apple result would be different. Like comparing apples and piers.....

    and yes, you completely sold me on flash with that sluggish performance...or NOT, I am sure that batterylife likes flash to! but I do agree that there are websites (even if 2 many of them are harder to use and doesn't get the message thru) and videos out there using flash and the Skyfire webbrowser for iPad are a success .

    A "Playbook", what is that? Something I buy for my Nephew 2nd bithday? Epic name there Rim!!!




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    nebun , November 17, 2010 11:12 AM
    competition is good
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    tsnorquist , November 17, 2010 12:01 PM
    I can tell you the Java Script is god awful on the iPad - i tested it for a site i built for a friend. That being said, it doesn't look fluid on the playbook either - smoother, but not great.
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    Euphoria_MK , November 17, 2010 12:08 PM
    Flash on PLaybook is laggy like hell.... I wouldnt brag much about it if I was RIM. Just because it can do something, doesnt mean that it should do it...
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