RIM outs PlayBook browsing video

BlackBerry maker RIM has posted a new video of its forthcoming PlayBook tablet device and once again seems intent to concentrate on its ability to play Flash video and games and not much else.

The seven-inch, business-centric, proddable PC, which will soon be going head-to-head with Apple's genre-defining iPad, is also shown playing high-definition HTML5 but the majority of the three-minute demo trumpets its ability to play nicely with Adobe's proprietary Flash format games and video.

Steve Jobs has infamously banned Flash video from all of Apple's iOS4 devices claiming that the format is long-in-the-tooth, buggy and eats battery life like a hobo at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

RIM already has a hard act to follow with the original iPad, having come to the party as late as all of the other wannabes, but the imminent release of the iPad 2 could reset the bar for everyone, even if you can't play Flash games on it.

Having said that, the obviously pre-vetted web sites showcased in the demo are as slick as slick can be and we can't wait to get our hands on RIM's (probably) sub $500 iPad alternative.