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BlackBerry PlayBook Web Browsing Demonstration

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BlackBerry PlayBook Web Browsing Demonstration
After quickly getting a feel for its shiny new QNX based platform, we just had to hone in on one key aspect of the BlackBerry PlayBook that’s surely going to be one driving force for anyone looking to pick one up – and that’s none other than the web browser.

Continuing to rely on a Webkit based browser, there’s a sense of excitement that’s bestowed upon as we quickly took the tablet on a test drive to check out some of our favorite web sites. Impressively, it’s able to load up complex sites like ours in no time and all, and even more surprising, it doesn’t stutter in the face of Flash content. From embedded YouTube videos to Flash powered ads, we’re amazed that the PlayBook is very well versed in accurately providing a serious web browsing experience. Compared to some other tablets out there, we’re still able to fluidly kinetic scroll without hiccups while Flash content is playing.

Of course, you’ve got standard features like multi-touch pinch zooming, double tapping to re-size text, and the ability to open links in new tabs by performing a long press. Although it exhibits a satisfying experience from the onset, there are still some instances of it taking some time to render things on the fly – but it’s not bad at all. As it stands right now, it’s just nice to see a tablet that superbly imitates the full desktop web browsing experience without compromising on certain aspects.

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posted on 15 Apr 2011, 12:10

1. Xpple (unregistered)

I like how the hid the tabs so they don't take up screen space but are easily accessible via an icon or gesture however, they then give you a menu/title bar that takes up as much space as tabs would--I don't need to know what the title tag of the web page is, get ride of that dead space RIM.

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 18:39

5. Xpple (unregistered)

Found out that the menu/browser title on the browser can be hidden via a setting, though I haven't seen it done yet.

Also, apparently RIM says they will have 3,000 apps available for the PlayBook at launch, and though there is NOT a native email client built in there are third party email clients--not sure but that's what one user stated.

One thing they really did right is the HDMI out. You can do HDMI mirroring and you can go into "presentation" mode where you can play a video out via HDMI to your HDTV and then use the PlayBook to do other things--Android & the iPad just do mirroring which is very annoying. The PlayBook has great multitasking. . . have to give them credit on that.

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 14:45

2. Monica Cerna Rodriguez (unregistered)

Hmmm... That's interesting. Where did you first hear about this? Do you have other blog posts I can take a look at?Monica Cerna RodriguezMK Partners IncSalesforce Consulting Experts

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 16:50 1

3. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

Who would want a tablet with Flash support?!? What a POS! I'll stick with my iPad 2 thank you very much ;-)

posted on 15 Apr 2011, 17:59 1

4. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

Note to thick headed people: the above comment is sarcastic. Thank you.

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 08:47 2

10. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)




posted on 16 Apr 2011, 17:53

11. LionStone (Posts: 844; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

yep, gettin quite annoying...

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