Research in Motion confirmed that the battery life of the Blackberry Playbook, its first tablet, will be better than the Apple iPad.
RIM Business marketing VP, Jeff McDowell, told Reuters that "It’s going to be equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size."
Apple quotes 10 hours for the iPad on Wi-Fi and up to nine hours when 3G is switched on. RIM seems also poised to separate user interfaces for business and non-business purposes.
In the same interview, he said that “There are two fundamental use cases on the smartphone – enterprise and personal. The problem is that they are conflicting.”
He suggested that the company wants to create an "innovative solution that allows enterprises to manage the corporate data side whilst at the same time give their employees the freedom to use Facebook and browse the web and get their internet email at the same time.”
This, it appears, could well turn out to be a serious security conundrum. The Playbook is expected to be launched in the first half of 2011, possibly after the iPad 2 goes on sale.
Apple has been enjoying a bumper year with the original iPad as it reported that up to 80 per cent of Fortune 100 enterprises in the US are either deploying or have already deployed the tablet.