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Blackberry PlayBook & Apple iPad: No Comparison, And There Shouldn’t Be

by on April 24th, 2011

There was a great article posted at eWeek a few days ago that discusses why the PlayBook and iPad, both tablet computers, cannot be compared to each other.

Leading up to, and after, the launch of the Blackberry PlayBook, the device received a generally bad review from industry analysts. The negative light came mostly by comparing the PlayBook to the iPad, or that the PlayBook wasn’t the iPad, more specifically.

With the massive success of the iPad, it is almost as if the PlayBook was destined for doom from the beginning. The iPad has become the standard for tablet computing.

This failure to pay homage to Vision of Steve Jobs and his belief in what should constitute a great tablet is striking many tablets. But the PlayBook is getting worse than most because it’s the most unlike an iPad of all the tablets.

 

Using some humor, the author perfectly summarizes why the Blackberry PlayBook has had such terrible reviews and why the two devices cannot be compared to eachother:

…when the PlayBook arrived I was actually expecting something else, in this case a genuine Virginia ham that was supposed to arrive in time for Easter from a smokehouse in Surrey, Va. It turns out that the FedEx delivery got here first, but the PlayBook comes in a box that clearly can’t hold a ham. It also doesn’t look like it tastes as good as a ham, it doesn’t have a brown sugar glaze and I don’t have to warm it in the oven at 300 F.

But wait. Why is it that I’m comparing the PlayBook against a Virginia ham? Well, why not? It makes at least as much sense as comparing the PlayBook against an iPad, except that the iPad doesn’t taste as good as the hams that Sam Edwards makes either.

 

The article then continues with some of the differences between the PlayBook and the iPad, and why those differences don’t really matter because, after all, the PlayBook was not designed as an “iPad killer”. It is, instead, its own tablet, designed for different users and different purposes.

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