John from Research in Motion recently posted a video showing the integration between the RIM PlayBook and the RIM BlackBerry. RIM’s key strength for wireless email and data access has been enterprise-grade security, and this extends to the PlayBook. Other tablet devices on the market aren’t so “enterprise-ready,” although this hasn’t stopped enterprise people buying them.
Anyway, some key points to note from the video above:
– The PlayBook and BlackBerry are linked via Bluetooth. (Of course, if the PlayBook was called the BlackBook, RIM would say that secured Bluetooth was called Blacktooth.)
– What you do on the PlayBook impacts what happens on your BlackBerry too. Eg., in email, reading a message on one device marks it as read on the other device.
– No corporate data is stored on the PlayBook. When the connection between the devices is broken, the data on the PlayBook is removed. Given the connection is based on Bluetooth, this means that once the devices are more than 10m or so apart, there is no longer a connection.
In terms of the last item, this is only limited to the PlayBooks that don’t have their own cellular / 3G network connection. Some professionals will want to carry both, others will just want the BlackBerry, others will just want the PlayBook.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one of these …