RIM says Playbook battery fears are unfounded

Battery life will be comparable or longer than iPad says RIM executive

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RIM says Playbook battery fears are unfounded Reseach In Motion’s senior vice-president for business and platform marketing, Jeff McDowell has revealed that the Playbook's battery life will be equal too or longer than the iPad.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 25, 2011

Research In Motion's senior vice-president for business and platform marketing, Jeff McDowell has revealed that fears about the BlackBerry Playbook's battery life are unfounded, according to Reuters.

"It's going to be equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size," he said.

Research In Motion has also revealed that it plans to introduce software that segregates BlackBerry smartphone users personal data separate from work related emails and other employer sponsored applications.

This new software, announced by a senior RIM executive, will effectively give a user two phones in one.

"There are two fundamental use cases on the smartphone - enterprise and personal. The problem is that they are conflicting," said McDowell.

The RIM software solution, called BlackBerry Balance is designed to increase security for corporations whose employees use their own smartphones at work, allowing IT departments to focus on securing corporate data.

"We just wanted to create an innovative solution that allows enterprises to manage the corporate data side while 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," McDowell said.

Carriers in North America are testing the Balance software and is is scheduled to be released there in two months. The Balance software will also be available on the soon-to-be-launched PlayBook.

RIM has not said it will host BES functionality on the PlayBook, but McDowell said that is part of their longer-term plans.

Without the direct access to the enterprise server, users will need to link the Playbook to a BlackBerry to link into corporate email, address book and calendar functions.

"The plan is to extend it - that's all roadmap items," he said.

McDowell also revealed that fears about the Playbook's battery life are unfounded.

RIM expects the Playbook to launch with approximately 4,000 third-party apps.

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