Well lookie lookie. Steve Jobs may think 7" is too small for a tablet, though some of the trends we have seen since he made that statement have been proving otherwise. On a recent CrackBerry poll with over 11,000 respondents, 61% said 7" was plenty big for a tablet while another 20.5% said it's not how deep you fish, but how you wiggle the worm. All in all, at least among CrackBerry readers the vast majority are thinking the PlayBook's more compact 7" stature is a good thing, not a bad thing.
Now we have some further validation that the BlackBerry PlayBook is a winner thanks to LaptopMag's Tablet World Series, where the BlackBerry PlayBook took home top spot! Sure, we are still months away from the BlackBerry PlayBook being released, but it managed to knock off the Exo PC in the finals, taking 57% of the votes. We have only just recently seen the PlayBook in action, at AdobeMAX, but it seems to be getting some great hype around the tech community. Hopefully the QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS, with support for Adobe AIR, will bring in a lot of new developers to BlackBerry, and truly make some great applications that are second to none. Combine great applications, the PlayBook's awesome hardware, and RIM's core services (when bundled with a BB), and together it really should make for a best in class tablet. At least we hope it will. * Message to RIM - you already won the vote for best tablet so don't efff it up! * :)
Developers, don't forget to register for the Develop for the BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR. The 1st webcast starts today at 2pm EST!
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