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BlackBerry tablets coming out in 2011 – get to know a gadget

Research in Motion (RIM) is getting in on the tablet game having announced the BlackBerry Playbook earlier this year and just announced two more tablets to come out later this year.

RIM is entering a challenging market where most current and upcoming tablets run on Apple or Android operating systems, but proves their confidence by announcing three tablets (and we suspect more will come) and a $150 million “BlackBerry Partners Fund” to invest in mobile-computing startups.

Android and Apple are well supported by the developer community meaning that it is less complicated for them to program an app and get it to market than operating systems like RIM’s, but perhaps their proactive investments will entice talent to boost their offering.

What is awesome about BlackBerry tablets?

The Playbook is super light weighing less than a standard loaf of sliced bread (under a pound), has a 7 inch screen (about 2 inches smaller than an iPad, 3 inches bigger than an EVO), rear and front facing HD cameras (for videoconferencing), HDMI video output (so it can plug into your tv to display), microUSB port, 1GB RAM, 1GHz dual core processor, wi-fi and bluetooth.

It is also rumored that BlackBerry is working on a way to charge apps to your phone bill rather than paying by credit card.

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Now that you know a little more about this gadget, what do you think?

AG is not affiliated with RIM or BlackBerry.

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Ralph Bell

    February 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Way behind the curve…My last BB died about a year ago and have an android now. Don’t plan on switching back to BB so no real reason to do the same for a tablet.

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