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Blackberry announces iPad alternative, the Blackberry PlayBook

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iPad has some competition!

Blackberry announced it's latest development, the PlayBook. This new tablet device is the latest competitor for Apple's iPad. Will you make the switch?

iPad has some competition!

Apple has some new competition for their wildly popular iPad: The Blackberry PlayBook.

Blackberry's parent company, Research in Motion, made the announcement yesterday at its DevCon conference. The Playbook boasts a pretty impressive list of features, including a 1-Ghz Dual-cortex A9 processor, a gigabyte of RAM and either 34 or 64 GB of storage space. Attendees also sang the praises of the graphics of the 7-inch Playbook. Users will also be able to type, similarly to the iPad.

Other specifications include:

  • HDMI video playback
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • Ultra-thin design
  • Open platform system with the new Blackberry WebWorks platform

Despite the impressive details, it's unclear how the PlayBook works from a user's perspective. Blackberry officials held up a working prototype, but wouldn't let reporters near it to check it out.

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The Blackberry PlayBook is expected in U.S. stores in early 2011 with a worldwide rollout later in the year.

What do you think about the Blackberry PlayBook. Will you check it out, or stick with the iPad?

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