Is it just me or has the news been flying around about the BlackBerry Playbook being released ‘this year’ been going on long enough? I’m pretty sure news of this brand new, never-seen-before, fastest-ever tablet and new hold-onto-your-hats-Apple-bosses-there’s-a-new-kid-in-town Blackberry Playbook was supposed to be released bloody ages ago. Not to be a pain but how is it we’re still waiting but the USA has got it already. It’s not fair. I want it now. The iPad is cool and defo something I’m considering of getting one if BlackBerry doesn’t pull their pants up and get on with releasing theirs already. BlackBerry have said that they will launch the new tablet this year, early this year. Er it’s May already, a little hint of an exact date would be just dandy please. The device will feature a 7-inch multitouch screen and a new operating system derived from the company’s purchase of QNX. BlackBerry chief executive Mike Lazaridis was joined at the launch by the company’s founder, Dan Dodge, who said that “QNX is going to enable things that you have never seen before”. Lazardis said the PlayBook would be “the first professional tablet”, and Dodge added that it would be “an incredible gaming platform for publishers and the players”.
The tablet will be able to run Adobe’s Flash, which Apple’s iPad doesn’t, and offer micro-HDMI and micro-usb ports. It weighs just 400g and includes dual HD cameras for video calling. Pricing and release dates, for the UK and the rest of the world, have not yet been announced, but it will be available in the USA in the first quarter of 2011 and “international markets” in the second quarter. Although 3G and 4G models are planned for the future, the device will initially connect to the web via wifi or via a user’s BlackBerry smartphone, and offer a reflection of its screen for expanded use. Lazardis said it will offer “true multi-tasking” and “an amplified view of what’s already on your BlackBerry”. It’s expected that 16gb and 32gb models will be offered.
So I’m a thinking here, BlackBerry bosses if you can just hurry up a tad little bit quicker so I can buy this tablet and be happy as. I don’t wanna dive into the world of Apple, I have an iPod and that’s it for me with my relationship and Apple but please don’t make me swap my BlackBerry Curve (although it can be crap sometimes – just saying), I don’t want to swap my BlackBerry Messenger for cool apps that tell you how long it takes to make your beer that cold enough in the fridge (I know right, POINTLESS!). So do it for your people, your BlackBerry geeks who like me can’t wait for this little slice of happiness to just be here already.