Dan Rowinski's Mobile Platform

By Dan Rowinski

Blog archive

BlackBerry PlayBook in action: Some hands-on video time

As a topic of discussion, the BlackBerry PlayBook has been a hot item for the Mobile Platform. We put it on the cover of GCN for our February issue and several government agencies are awaiting its arrival before jumping into the tablet market.

On Tuesday BlackBerry maker Research In Motion announced the PlayBook's availability and pricing. The 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi version will start at $499 ( the 32G is $599, the 64G $699) and be available through Best Buy stores starting April 18. Federal agencies probably are not going to have to go through Best Buy, but that's what RIM announced.

At  the MobileFocus event at CTIA Wireless in Orlando, we ran in to some working BlackBerry PlayBooks and, after resolving some Wi-Fi issues at the venue, had them give us a hands-on demo. They have not yet finished some of the enterprise applications (sorry, I tried, they would not show us) but it looks like the device will do some slick multitasking. The 7-inch tablet has a good look, intuitive interface and feels good in the hands (which is a must for tablets because of the nature of the form factor).

We will see when RIM sends the GCN Lab an official demo model, but for now enjoy the video of one of the most anticipated device releases of 2011.

Posted by Dan Rowinski on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:19 PM


Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.