updated 11:10 pm EST, Mon January 24, 2011
Company still won't disclose specifics
Research In Motion has continued to defend the BlackBerry PlayBook against doubts over the tablet's battery life. In an interview with Reuters, RIM's senior vice president for business and platform marketing, Jeff McDowell, claimed the tablet will sustain battery life "equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size."
McDowell suggests analysts' skepticism regarding the battery life is baseless, however the company has yet to disclose any specific figures with hour estimates for various tasks. Another RIM executive several weeks ago suggested the company is aiming for a "full day" of use, which is estimated at eight hours.
The iPad is said to achieve 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music, with just an hour drop when browsing via 3G networks. RIM's reluctance to pin down an official figure has been viewed as an indication that the PlayBook's battery will not match the iPad's longevity, however.
Aside from the battery comments, McDowell also noted that the PlayBook will be compatible with 4,000 third-party apps by the March launch.