6 reasons BlackBerry’s PlayBook is a game-changer for the enterprise [RIM]

There’s no shortage out there of tablets to choose from, that’s for sure. But one that deserves a serious look from a business or IT admin point of view – particularly if your organization is standardized on BlackBerry – is the all new PlayBook.

Here are 6 things organizations will like about the Playbook:

Security: For starters, and of major concern from an IT perspective, the PlayBook works seamlessly with BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) in the event it’s lost or stolen. That means you can easily and quickly wipe data from the device remotely.


Plays well with BlackBerry: If your organization’s phones are standardized on BlackBerry, PlayBook provides a wireless connection to Blackberry phones using the Blackberry Bridge (though we have learned that this feature has not been working well for people.)  Email and  calendar can be accessed and phones and tablets all work from the same mobile platform.

Faster, Flash-supported Browser: Not only does PlayBook’s browser load content faster than other tablets, but it offers users richer, more animated content because of its support of Flash. The PlayBook browser is also as web-compatible as possible, enabling developers to use Flash or web standards like HTML5 to deliver true web fidelity.

Travel and Portability: Its small size, in that sweet spot between mobile phones and larger tablets, makes the PlayBook portable for travelling. BlackBerry has also included  productivity apps like Documents to Go that integrate word processing, slideshows, spreadsheets and a PDF viewer right into it. There’s also the Mobile Voice System, BlackBerry’s integrated communications platform, which offers the same functionality as a desktop phone and one business number for employees from virtually anywhere. Plus the PlayBook’s high-quality cameras are ideal for business travellers who want to Skype with family and coworkers.

App multitasking: The PlayBook’s  dual-core processor is built for heavy-duty multitasking so users can watch videos, send emails, browse the internet and open a variety of apps simultaneously without slowing down. And speaking of apps, the PlayBook takes advantage of Android’s ever-expanding library.

Plays well with others: If your organization has a mixed environment, you can tether any smartphone to the PlayBook using Bluetooth functionality to access the phone’s 3G data when the Playbook isn’t in a WiFi Zone.

So, bottom line, is there a market for a variety of tablets with differing shapes, sizes and functions? Of course. But from size and portability to power, performance and smartphone integration, we think the BlackBerry PlayBook has got game. And Computerworld readers agree in their latest poll on the iPad vs. the Playbook.

About Bob Pickering

Bob Pickering is a Senior Vendor Account Manager at Softchoice and leads the Telecommunications category.