My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: RIM and the PlayBook - Blade II

Thursday, December 30, 2010

RIM and the PlayBook - Blade II

…….Light thickens; and the crow
Makes wing to the rooky wood

Shakespeare, Macbeth, III, 2

The much talked about RIM Tablet, namely the PlayBook, is to be one of the new Tablets to debut along with the as yet named Motorola Tablet at CES 2011 in Las Vegas as per the article It’s tablet time at CES 2011”, published December 24, 2010, 3:49am PST by John Morris, Laptops & Desktops, ZDNet.

My well tailored blog article on the Motorola and RIM and their respective Tablets, entitled “Motorola, RIM and the Tablet - Indiana Jones and the Palace of Doom” explains the anticipation and the hype associated with these up and coming Netbook, Laptop and now PC killers as per another blog article of mine, entitled “Tablets and the Future of the PC - Jurassic Park and License to Kill”.

Hint: Motorola’s Tablet, possibly dubbed the LightSabre, a guess of mine from a previous blog article entitled “Apple iPad and the Competition - The Rescuers” and running Google Android OS 2.4 aka Honeycomb as per the article “Google shows prototype Tablet running Android 3.0”, published Tuesday December 7, 2010 2:01 pm ET by Barry Levine, Newsfactor and confirmed by the article “Google Engineer Demos Prototype Motorola Android Tablet”, published Tuesday December 7, 2010 5:50 am ET by Mikael Ricknäs, PCWorld, Yahoo News.

Most likely, with only days to go until CES 2011 in Las Vegas, everything is moving into place and all the products have been tested and made ready for their world debut. Again, another guess: Motorola may be doing a tie-in with George Lucas of Star Wars fame.

Maybe even an AT-AT (All Terrain – Armored Transport) or “Terrio-Walker” as per the movie Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) battle scene re-enactment, with the AT-AT representing the Empire and their unstoppable Apple iPad? Watch the YouTube video entitled “Hoth Snow Battle Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Even Carlette Deleon aka the Pet Tales Chick aka “Dilly” of Television Jamaica confessed gadgette of Smile Jamaica fame on Television Jamaica fame would wish to have Television Jamaica cover the event. CNET News and ZDNet will be there, so I won’t miss a moment of the gadget-palooza, as the Americans would say.

So the news of the RIM’s PlayBook having less than stellar battery life as suggested by the article “Blackberry PlayBook: Car Battery not included”, published December 28, 2010 12:33 PM PST by John Paczkowski, AllThingsD, CNET News - Digital Media.

This  may in fact be on the same level as Microsoft COO Steve Ballmer’s declaration that their Windows Phone 7 OS cannot edit and paste as per my previous blog article, entitled “Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 - Love Potion Number Nine”.

Or even Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the Antenna Gate as per my previous blog article, entitled “Apple iPhone and the Loop Antenna - Strange Encounters of the Third Kind” and my follow-up article on the very same subject entitled “Apple and the Antenna - Black Sabbath and much ado about nothing”.

Thus this story being carried by CNET and which is a regurgitation of the news by Kaufman Brothers analyst Shaw Wu claim as to a weak battery life being the reason behind the delay to 2011 may be nothing more than a play for media attention, straight out of RIM CEO Lazardis Playbook – pun intended deliberately.

The feisty kickback from Canada’s No. 2 smart phone maker to Reuters (who else but the International Media?), is bull’s eye for the Media paparazzi at large to attack as per the article “RIM rejects claims of weak PlayBook battery”, published December 30, 2010 1:08 PM PST by Lance Whitney, CNET News - Digital Media.

 Email from RIM to Reuters, quote: “Any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented” should be the match that sets the fire to the kindling for a slow smoky Bar-B-Que quality flame. MM…mmm.

Thus RIM is off to a nice start. Their Tablet concept is excellent, as it is a Business Tablet, targeting a niche Market that it always had. Throw in the fact that the RIM PlayBook tethers to your existing Blackberry smartphone via Bluetooth and is effectively an extension of the Blackberry OS, only on a bigger screen.

Long time fans of RIM and their Blackberry already used to the Blackberry smartphone will appreciate the fact that unlike the Apple iPad, it is not just a bigger Apple iPhone, but a Business Enterprise Solution on the go that easily replaces your Laptop, especially in meetings where the Blackberry is not needed.

Throw in RIM’s legendary security, so strong that not even RIM can hack their own encryption as per the article “RIM chief suggests method for eavesdropping”, published September 28, 2010 8:36 AM PDT by Lance Whitney, CNET News - Privacy Inc and despite the failure of the test-run device capacitive touch scene Blackberry Torch 8900, the Playbook may be their finest hour.

Especially as RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie (is there such a thing?) spoke of the company being, quote “pretty flooded with content and game-type and media-type partnerships and social-solution-type partnerships”, with what appears to be, quote “pent-up interest in the PlayBook [that's] really overwhelming”, as per the article “Blackberry Playbook landing as soon as February?”, published December 17, 2010 7:11 AM PST by Don Reisinger, CNET News - The Digital Home.

This after posting a better than expected Fourth Quarter, beating the very same analysts expectations on Wall Street, in plain black and white as per the article “RIM earnings better than expected”, published Thursday, December 16, 2010 5:12 PM ET, CBC News, Blade II (2002).

Like the Indianapolis inspired HP Slate 500, there is a lot of pent up demand for Tablets as per my previous blog article, entitled “Apple iPad vs HP Slate 500 - The Force Unleashed in the Tablet Wars”.

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