BlackBerry PlayBook Web Browsing Demonstration

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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PlayBook
  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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7 Comments

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.

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.

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

3. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

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

4. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

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

10. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

PHONEARENA!!!!! YOUR SH*T IS BEING TAKEN OVER BY SPAMMING ROBOTS!!! FIX IT PLEASE!!!

11. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

yep, gettin quite annoying...

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