Tablet Talent Show: RIM's Playbook Arrives!

tabletWhen HP sent me a Touchpad in July, I dove into the tablet market for the first time. The Touchpad didn't make it, but it got me wondering if there's a viable iPad alternative out there. No doubt Apple's iPad is a dominating #1, but what's #2?

In my quest to experience more than the iPad and Touchpad, I decided I'd like to spend some time with RIM's Playbook, Motorola's Xoom, Samsung's Galaxy and Asus's Transformer.

RIM's Playbook arrived earlier today and I'm right now installing Blackberry Bridge to connect it to my Blackberry.

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Motorola is installing the Android 3.1 update and then shipping me a Xoom. I'm hoping to have that by the end of the week. I still need a connection at Samsung and Asus, so if anyone can help with that, I'd appreciate it.

This tablet talent show should be fun. I'll rank 'em all and list the pros and cons here.


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CQ

I would love to find a tablet-touchpad that could handle a basic coffee table Windows game like from Wes Cherry's Win 3.1 earlier bugfree Solitaire shareware inspirations, MeggieSoft Rummy family of card games, Those hundreds of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf (dos) courses, Randy Davis's Visual Pinball (upto 8.0), and/or Zillions of Games. Links found below:
http://www.bufton.org/meggiesoft/
(JNSE) http://webpages.charter.net/afhanser/pwp-tour/ plus http://www.sportplanet.com/coursedepot/tng/jnse-a-c.htm
(VP) http://www.nirvana.dreamhosters.com/UpDownload.html
http://www.zillions-of-games.com/

In the same way, I still can play Pacman era arcade games directly thru emulation since Windows 98; not asking for a full OS emulator here. Just for the classic lite gaming wished for by this (now) middle aged person.

August 24, 2011 @ 12:14 PM

Digger

A (tech/I.T. engineer) friend of mine who is with the federal government has both the iPad and Playbook. As you would expect from an engineer, when asked to compare them, "both have their strengths and weaknesses". "If you're interested in e-mail data security (obviously important for the federal government), there is only one choice, the Playbook." The Playbook really does multitask and is the better "computer". That's his executive summary review. It will be interesting to hear what you have to say, Mike.

August 24, 2011 @ 1:58 PM

RIM

Hey CQ!

We are working on getting a NDK(native development kit) out for PlayBook. Once this is out, dev's will be able to port those games to PlayBook fairly easily. Check out what some of our guys did with the NDK in about 6 hours of work!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUD92yQfFe0

That's Quake made multiplayer! Any POSIX applications(mostly Linux apps) are easily ported to PlayBook!

Cheers...and have fun Mike!

August 24, 2011 @ 2:41 PM

Liz

I love when you do this kind of thing. Given what you do for a living, your thoughts are always substantive. Looking forward to the results!

August 24, 2011 @ 3:05 PM

Andrew

Let me know if you can find the power button!!

It's not a very good location.
Cheers!

August 24, 2011 @ 4:12 PM

Predictioni

RIM will be dead in one year.

August 24, 2011 @ 4:17 PM

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