BlackBerry PlayBook battery life to be longer than iPad

BlackBerry's forthcoming tablet to have longer battery life than iPad?

The upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM’s first foray into the world of tablets, is rumoured to have a longer battery life than the Apple iPad.

The PlayBook has been mooted as a serious rival to the iPad and with a possible superior battery life, tableters on the move might just see this as a major plus point over the more expensive 16GB entry level Apple alternative.

Apple’s official figures suggest that the iPad offers up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi and up to 9 hours of juice using 3G data network. However, BlackBerry’s PlayBook is set to trump that figure according to reports.

Research in Motion (RIM), the conceivers of BlackBerry, business marketing VP, Jeff McDowell, said: “It’s going to be equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size."

In other BlackBerry News, RIM has announced it intends to offer users a more multipurpose experience on their BlackBerry smartphone with a clear UI separation between business and social actions. On the move McDowell said: “There are two fundamental use cases on the smartphone – enterprise and personal. The problem is that they are conflicting.”

He added: “We just want to create an innovative soluton 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.”

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