We saw a little bit of the BlackBerry PlayBooks browser in a previous demo comparing it with the iPad. This time RIM decided to take a different angle by showing off how you can use the web just like you do on your desktop. They do this by showing off sites like YouTube and then move on to Facebook. I think the point they are trying to stress is that if you have the full web you don’t need apps. For example, why be limited to the functionality in a Facebook app when you can have everything?
I still think there are some definite purposes for an app like synchronizing with local applications like email and calendars but it will be interesting to see how RIM continues with this theme. At the same time pushing how easy it is to develop apps while showing how apps are redundant… 🙂