Hey, can't blame RIM for marketing their strengths. Obviously it doesn't tell the whole story, plus it is not independent. I am bias toward Apple, but I think most people could agree you couldn't conclude anything from this video other than the RIM product seems better at these SPECIFIC tests under CONTROLLED conditions. And yet you still see the iPad and its much bigger screen looking nice in this video in which RIM wants the playbook to look like the better product... If I were working for RIM to make this video I would of tried to make the size difference less noticeable.
And yes, RIM is touting a product and its abilities that are not on the market yet. In 2 or 3 months (or more) when it is out, it will not seem as amazing as it does today, nor will the price. Add to that Apple will most likely have its 2nd generation iPad with a significant update to design/specs/features just around the corner. Maybe we should start looking for Apple employees with "security clearance" in bars with iPads that look or behave oddly...
Plus, rendering speed doesn't tell the whole story. Small nuances in the experience are totally unaccounted for until you try them for yourself or at least have independent uncompensated reviewers tell you what they honestly think in large numbers. Battery life for example is excellent on the 1st generation iPad, and I can't see it getting worse in the 2nd generation. Touch responsiveness in iOS is EXTREMELY consistent and I always give Apple credit on just how predictable a touch is on their iOS devices. The touch screen and software accuracy is amazing when you compare it to other tablets or mobile phones.
Apple often delays features that other products have such as copy and paste, but at the same time, I think Apple holds back features that they think are not up to Apple standards of quality. Apple in my opinion rarely makes a frustrating main feature in a device. I am reminded of when they introduced visual voicemail with the original iPhone. Before this, voicemail was a HORRENDOUS experience that has heard much foul language directed at it. The same goes for video on early iPhones. Cycorder was able to 'unlock' video recording, but it was never great quality. On the 3GS, Apple introduced video recording and at the time, it was great quality for what it was.
I do agree Apple is very controlling of what is and isn't allowed, and sometimes should offer choice, but sometimes this control keeps their users from making bad or unproductive decisions that keep them more or less happy or satisfied using Apple products. Overall, Apple does a great job.