BlackBerry PlayBook plagued by battery issues, says analyst

BlackBerry PlayBook plagued by battery issues, says analyst
Research in Motion is working hard to deliver the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in the Spring, but analyst Shaw Wu from Kaufman Bros (the same guy who last week said that the BlackBerry Torch is coming to Verizon) says it has battery issues.

The venerable "industry and supply chain sources" have revealed to him that, while great progress is being made tailoring the QNX operating to the tablet, it is still not power-optimized, and the battery life is pretty sad. Developers that have early access to the BlackBerry PlayBook are complaining of battery life of two to four hours, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab lasts around six, and Apple's iPad - around 10. We are sure that native support for Adobe Flash 10.1 doesn't help with battery life either. "From our understanding, this could require a bit of re-engineering", says Wu.

QNX, while very modern and stable operating system, has been working into network equipment, cars, or even nuclear power plants control, where battery life isn't as much of an issue as with a slim, portable tablet. According to the analyst, the first idea that sprang to mind was to shove a bigger battery in there, but that would add bulk to the 0.9 pounds device, which measures just 0.4" thick.

Another issue around the PlayBook is that BlackBerry App World has only around 15000 apps, and QNX ones are just getting started. Apple's App Store is the only place where developers can make good money for now. Android apps are mostly free, or are easily cracked, and the market access is fragmented by countries. 

Because of the engineering and application store issues, the analyst is predicting just 700 000 units of the BlackBerry PlayBook sold in 2011. Well, RIM is making enough money off its handsets (it's the second most profitable cell phone company after Apple), so it can afford to lose some, while it is going through this transitional period, replacing its operating system, and upgrading its hardware platforms.

source: BusinessWeek

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10. heyhey

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Hm a price hasn't been released yet and the only leaks I've read start at 399, where are people getting 500 from? And I'm interested to know if your comments are aimed at all tablets or the PlayBook? This has 2x the processing power and 4x the memory of the iPad, I can see tablets replacing laptops sometime in the near future (not yet).

8. John unregistered

Gotta say... I think most of you are missing the point about tablets in general. They're not even supposed to be computers. They're Internet appliances, more akin to using a microwave in terms of functionality, than using a computer. To put it in other terms, you guys sound like the geeks who touted all the superior virtues of DOS to Windows or MacOS. You're missing the point big time. No one is going to care about this stuff pretty soon. These devices are intended to be stupid simple. So in a sense, you're right about laptops being more powerful.... But the paradigm just shifted. Again... By Apple. Again.

9. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

We get the point of tablets, but it's stupid to pay $500+ for something that's main function is to browse the internet. Especially when people already have something that already does that function, like a laptop or smart phone. Apple didn't shift the paradigm, Steve Jobs just got on stage, used his reality distortion field and said "You need this, you will buy it!" They haven;t made anything new, they just took an old concept and made their own version of it. The difference is, their device has a lot of polish then it's predecessors.

4. mmgbmt

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

if tablets had microsof office or something similar so i could write essays or make a power point id get one but why would i spend as much as i would for a laptop for something that just runs apps like my phone??????

6. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Totally agree with you. There's an HP tablet that runs Windows 7, but for the price, you might as well get a laptop. Not many people have realized that a tablet is just bigger version of their phone. The purpose of a tablet is to give the the functionalty of a laptop, condense is further to make it even more portable while not losing the functionality of the laptop. And running a mobile OS like iOS, Android, Blackberry, whatever, takes that functionality away as these tablet makers are just making a device that surfs the internet.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Agreed no tablet will replace my laptop... YET!!! they are far more powerful... I think tablets might have their people who only need a few things, or just the basic one or two things at a time... and wont wanna take all on the smartphones... eventually I'll get a tablet to do e-reading(for some reason i can e-read on any device but my laptop... its a me thing), playing board games with fiends and... I need another test subject(

1. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

A tablet is basically a way of saying "I have $500+ to blow, let me buy a bigger version of my phone, that has less functionality and less processing power than a laptop for the same price." A tablet may be nice in the right circumstances, but they're too expensive for what they're worth.

2. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

You have no idea what you are talking about. Show me a laptop that came work like my iphone and run the apps. I cant wait to get an ipad 2. Now for the tab n playbook yeah who cares. The tablet is no better than the shit phones with those OSs.

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

fanboy alert

5. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

1) You sir are an obvious fanboy 2) Show me an iPhone that can download games from Steam, while downloading torrents, while you play Flash games on, while playing you're own music in the background, while you talk to your friends on AIM, while vide chat to your friends over Skype, while browsing Wikipedia, while surfing the internet as you wait for the World of Warcraft dungeon queue to put you in a dungeon. Can your iPhone do that... at the same time? I don't think so. You want me to show you a laptop better than your iphone? Okay here's two: I'm not even going to show you the MacBook Pros, and you want to know why? The two computers I just posted, are cheaper and more powerful than a MacBook Pro will ever be. 3) If by apps you mean games. Games for mobile phones are still a joke no matter how popular the game is when you compare it to a console, handheld or PC. I'll give you an example, I'll take the most popular games for iOS and the Nintendo DS. Angry Birds vs Pokemon. Obviously people are going to choose Pokemon over Angry Birds. Pokemon too kiddie for you? Okay, Angry Birds vs. New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo wins again. Know your place fanboy.

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