RIM unveils 7-inch 'PlayBook' tablet set to launch in early 2011

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  • Reply 101 of 411
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    Actually, it is a bit surprising that you don't see the basic difference. One was a game-changing product for which there was no precedent. The other a derivative.



    You can figure out which is which.



    Developers were not on the map much even when Apple introduced the actual product. Apple was most likely using the lead time to figure out market demand.



    What is surprising to me is this was suppose to be the "year of the tablet" and Apple has pretty much eaten everyones lunch. I am shocked that we will go until next year without any other Tablet being released.



    I am one that will switch products if I think something better has come out or suits my needs but I have now had my iPad for so long I can't see using anything else at this point. Well except for the next gen iPad.
  • Reply 102 of 411
    eehdeehd Posts: 137member
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    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    IF ONLY THEY'D RELEASE IT THIS YEAR INSTEAD OF NEXT YEAR IT WOULD'VE MADE A KILLING. TOO BAD.. By the time they release it next year, iPad 2 and others will be out.



    I think RIM is stupid for introducing a product this far out. It won't be out for another 6 months or so. Now the competitors know what features and specs to outdo. Gadgets have short lifespan and becomes outdated very quickly. The playbook specs are impressive for today. In six months I don't know about that.



    Remember when Ballmer was parading around the HP Slate last January? The HP is still nowhere to be found. It's forgotten and nobody cares about it anymore.



    The good that might come out of this is it'll give Apple the motivation to step it up big time for iPad 2.



    I have to agree. I was very impress with the hardware, as it leaves the current iPad in the dust, but I'm sure the second iteration of the iPad will match many, if not all, the specs.
  • Reply 103 of 411
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    Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post


    What's "fake" about the video? In fact it looks a lot like something Apple might do. A public demo also doesn't tell you much except that they've got working prototypes. I don't have any idea whether this product will be any good, or whether it will ship in three or six months, or never. But I think it's silly to criticize RIM for pre-announcing the product with a gee-wiz video, when that's exactly the kind of thing Apple does, and does so well.



    The comparison to Apple's style makes no sense. When was the first time Apple showed us anything about a product without demo'ing and actual working unit on stage first?



    And are you seriously asking me what is fake about a demo where we don't see the device, but all we see are projections of a touchscreen device on bus stops, guitar amps, and photo frames?



    For all you know, they could have captured the output of an iPad app they created, and placed it on all those surfaces...



    And a public demo of the type Apple does tells you a LOT. But more importantly, Apple's track record of demoing completely new devices, and releasing them withing at worst a couple of weeks of the promised date says a lot more. Blackberry has no such record (or at least as deep a record as Apple) of doing anything outside of a phone.



    As a way to demonstrate how worthless this video is,consider an impartial observer viewing this video, and the video of MSFT courier that was floating around Youtube. Most assuredly they would expect the Courier to be released first. Alternatively, consider the demos the "Duke Nukem Forever" team kept releasing (most of which were more polished than this) and ask where that game has been for the last decade...
  • Reply 104 of 411
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    Originally Posted by RichyS View Post


    Why are all these tablets coming out with only a 7" display? Has the success of the iPad limited the supply of 10"(ish) screens for everyone else?



    I know several people that want something a little smaller than the iPad. Apple's iPad is a nice size to leave at home or to slap in a cover and tote if you are used to carrying a small day planner around... but for people who want to stash it in their suit pocket or purse the iPad is too big. Three inches would make a world of difference to people who want a tablet but aren't interested in the whole world seeing them lugging it around. (heh, I said "lugging")



    just sayin'
  • Reply 105 of 411
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    Originally Posted by macnyc View Post


    I'm curious as to what size will win out: 7" or 9.7".



    I'll sit back and wait for the:" that's what she said" jokes.



    I am finding situations where I'd prefer a larger (and maybe, finer) touch surface.



    The Pogo people have demonstrated iPad software that is pressure sensitive and ignores the hand resting on the screen.



    Something like that and a larger touch surface would have lots of possibilities and still be more mobile than many laptops.



    .
  • Reply 106 of 411
    samabsamab Posts: 1,953member
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    Originally Posted by gchriste View Post


    Maybe it sounds better to the North American audience, but from my Australian perspective the name PlayBook would not sit well in a business environment at all. You can just picture it... the junior staff member walks into the exec meeting... the CEO asks "hey what is that?"... the junior sheepishly answers "Playbook". Your fired... no games in my meetings!



    Ok over dramatised.. but seriously, playbook, for business?



    Except that the CEO from your example probably got an MBA from a US business school --- they all speak the same lingo.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    The only logical explanation from a vast majority of your posts is that your work for Verizon (or have a short on ATT).



    Neither.
  • Reply 107 of 411
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    Originally Posted by chronster View Post


    Well, you're right, I'm calling the device we see in the video cool.



    Here's my question. WHAT DEVICE? All I saw was a bunch of mocked up videos on random weird flat surfaces (like a bus stop, photo frame, guitar amp, etc...).



    This is no better than the iPhone mockup videos folks were releasing on Youtube in 2006. Well, actually, it might be worse, because those people at least had some conception of what the HW would look like. This video only shows a mockup of the SW.
  • Reply 108 of 411
    The ad only had brief split second snippets of the actual device running the OS/software. Everything else was images projected/CGI'd onto backgrounds. Nice effect, but notoriously short on real. Compared to the Apple ads which show the device at work (and are admittedly time-compressed in spots) this isn't a definitive demonstration of what it CAN do, only what they want you to think it can do. It's marketing, and not bad stuff at that. The actual device remains to be seen in the wild until next year sometime (assuming at best EARLY in 2011 - with no parts issues or short-run problems). After all they need to stay in the market and be seen as relevant. It's their market segment under attack here.
  • Reply 109 of 411
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    Originally Posted by GQB View Post


    Or, I could just stream content from my iPad to a TV using something like, oh I don't know... oh yeah: AirPlay.



    If Rim things they're going to shed their corporate roots and become a media hub, they're delusional.

    1080p is just a feature-list check-off.



    I disagree. The difference is that you wont see Apple TV in classrooms, and conference rooms where you might want to show a presentation. This is an extremely useful feature, that serves a different purpose from AirPlay.



    That being said, its not like the iPad cannot do it already...



    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...eo_output.html
  • Reply 110 of 411
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    Originally Posted by addabox View Post


    How do you know it's going to be cool? From a mocked up video? I seem to recall a lot of people that were pretty sure the Courier was going to kick ass and take names, based on a video, and we know how that turned out....



    Maybe it'll be nice. Maybe it'll be deeply flawed. I'm very curious about battery life, since the specs sound pretty power hungry.



    At any rate, about the best we can say at this point is that RIM is going to bring a 5"x7" touch tablet to market running an OS they recently purchased and that given the specs it should be reasonably speedy. Beyond that (and by every metric that really counts-- ease of use, interaction with eco-system, if any, battery life, quality of apps) we don't really know anything.



    Hard to give a figure on the battery life, when you have a virtual product.
  • Reply 111 of 411
    patspats Posts: 112member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bregalad View Post


    I haven't been paying much attention to RIM so I don't know what their sales are like, but the people I know who have both iOS and BlackBerry experience think the Torch is not only the best phone RIM has come out with, they prefer the Torch to the iPhone.



    Are you a professional comedian
  • Reply 112 of 411
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    Originally Posted by samab View Post


    And Apple was able to sell that many iphones because carriers had to massively subsidize the iphone --- to the point that AT&T had to issue a profit margin warning.



    ATT is making money hands over fist with the iPhone.



    The "profit warning" (not sure what you are talking about, tbh, since these can be for many reasons, but I am assuming you are talking about when they advised shareholders in the first quarter after the $200 iPhone released that the next quarter profits would be depressed) was issued because the iPhone has a large upfront cost for ATT (they pay Apple the ~600 bucks the moment an iPhone is sold) which depressed the first couple of quarters' earnings for ATT, but the nearly 2400 they make off a customer comes over a period of 2 years. As a decently large iPhone subscriber base was built up, this effect completely disappeared.
  • Reply 113 of 411
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,157member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by samab View Post


    But Verizon never needed to announce a profit margin warning on all those buy-one-get-one-free blackberries either.



    Therefore --- the only logical explanation that pass SEC filing standard is that handset subsidies for the blackberries ain't that bad.



    This has nothing do to with verizon. I don't know why you love to stick verizon in every iPhone and blackberry discussion. Verizon is not the only carrier in the world to offer free blackberry phones. The fact is blackberry phones cost almost no initial payment to purchase.
  • Reply 114 of 411
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    IF ONLY THEY'D RELEASE IT THIS YEAR INSTEAD OF NEXT YEAR IT WOULD'VE MADE A KILLING. TOO BAD.. By the time they release it next year, iPad 2 and others will be out.



    I think RIM is stupid for introducing a product this far out. It won't be out for another 6 months or so. Now the competitors know what features and specs to outdo. Gadgets have short lifespan and becomes outdated very quickly. The playbook specs are impressive for today. In six months I don't know about that.



    Remember when Ballmer was parading around the HP Slate last January? The HP is still nowhere to be found. It's forgotten and nobody cares about it anymore.



    The good that might come out of this is it'll give Apple the motivation to step it up big time for iPad 2.



    Well, according to CNBC, this thing ships next month to corporations and developers



    http://www.cnbc.com/id/39386888



    So the idea that this is pure vaporware just took a hit.



    The article also states that pricing will be in the lower range of current tablet prices.
  • Reply 115 of 411
    I like what I saw even if it is basically a "look what we want to deliver" ad. And I like RIM soooo.... good luck to RIM in getting that thing done and dusted for us to run for ourselves in the next 6 months.



    I think the next year is going to be a lot of fun watching this market evolve. I eagerly await the next touch interface device that makes me go "wow." (No android winner yet)



    Until then I've got my iPad that works.... NOW.
  • Reply 116 of 411
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    Originally Posted by macnyc View Post


    How is his comment bullshit? I think battery life, processor overload with Flash and having a good app store are all valid concerns.



    Concerns? Yes. Dismissing the product entirely for those concerns? That's bullshit.
  • Reply 117 of 411
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,603member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post


    Most other companies aren't paranoid like Apple when it comes to releasing specs. Not saying that is good or bad just that Steve Jobs tends to be the only one that worries about stuff like that.



    Apple's 'paranoia' has as much to do with showmanship and presentation as anything else. I have no idea why people get upset about the secrecy. Do you (you, as in all the people that routinely complain about this), get all petulant when your parents refuse to tell you what they bought for your birthday present? The secrecy is part of the event. The showmanship is SJ's thing. He loves the 'one more thing' as much as the next guy and he is the one who gets to deliver the line. But the true reason behind Apple's secrecy is that it has always been, and continues to be the primary reason the company receives millions and millions worth of free publicity every year. (see previous article)
  • Reply 118 of 411
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    Originally Posted by addicted44 View Post


    Here's my question. WHAT DEVICE? All I saw was a bunch of mocked up videos on random weird flat surfaces (like a bus stop, photo frame, guitar amp, etc...).



    This is no better than the iPhone mockup videos folks were releasing on Youtube in 2006. Well, actually, it might be worse, because those people at least had some conception of what the HW would look like. This video only shows a mockup of the SW.



    Well we have photos of the device, we have a decent hardware specification list, and we have a video of the OS. I think that's enough to pinpoint what device I speak of



    As to the videos from 2006 you're talking about, the difference here is this is the company telling us what to expect, while those other videos were people guessing.
  • Reply 119 of 411
    ivladivlad Posts: 740member
    How is it professional when it's called PlayBook. that's so awful!
  • Reply 120 of 411
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by grking View Post


    Well, according to CNBC, this thing ships next month to corporations and developers



    http://www.cnbc.com/id/39386888



    So the idea that this is pure vaporware just took a hit.



    The article also states that pricing will be in the lower range of current tablet prices.



    awwwww SHNAP
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