RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook On Sale at April 19 – Accept PreOrder Today!

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced that the highly anticipated Blackberry Playbook will be available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in U.S. and Canada starting April 19.

You can now pre-order the PlayBook from bestbuy.com with start price $499 for 16GB WiFi version, 32GB and 64GB with $599 and $699 respectively.

Tablet competition between army of Android devices and Apple’s iPad has been intense and now Playbook has just joined in with hope to grab some shares. The PlayBook was announced September 2010 and only make its presence for sale on April 2011. It would be interesting to see how it can take off from here considering Apple’s second generation iPad is highly demanding in US and on its way to global on 25th March. Furthermore, a more powerful and impressive Android Honeycomb seems to becoming standard for all Android-based devices and is gaining its popularity.

However, it is still early to conclude anything as BlackBerry has its own fans and lovers.

BlackBerry PlayBook specifications:

  • 7″ 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
  • Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
  • Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV)
  • 1080p HDMI output
  • Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
  • GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support



Google Released Chrome Web Store!

The Google Chrome Web Store

Google has followed the Apple footprint to launch its own Chrome Web Store. Like Apple’s apps store, the Chrome Web store offers a wide range of apps, extensions and themes which works on Chrome. Once you are in the store, it is intuitive to find the apps categories on the left-hand section.

Once you have searched your favorite apps, simply click on it and it will brings you to its own page displaying all related information about the app. Some apps are for free but some require you to buy it before you can install it. If you are not satisfied with the apps, Google allows you to cancel your order within 30 minutes after you have paid the app. Not a bad idea!

To start with, I recommend you to install “NPR for Chrome”, “Dream2”, “NYTimes”, “Poppit” and “Amazon Windowshop” because these were the apps being demo’ed in the launch event and Google even invited senior officers from NYTimes, Electronic Arts (EA) and Amazon to run the demo.

You can literally find your installed apps by opening a new tab. All of the apps will be listed nicely in the first row.

While most of these apps are developed in HTML5 format, the user interface are so rich, visually appealing and interactive. I have tried NYTimes and absolutely love it. The display of news and images are never been engaging and interactive. I think viewing and navigating the page with touch screen device by flipping with fingers will be an awesome experience. Too bad I don’t own any of those devices but still quite enjoyable using keyboard. And, you can read it offline if disconnected from internet.

The store starts with 500 apps and is growing fast. For developer, it is yet another great store for you to showcase your masterpiece and generate popularity. For normally user like me, I have another choice to download great apps and enjoy them!

Visit at https://chrome.google.com/webstore and I am sure you will love it like I do.