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RIM Reveals More PlayBook Details at WebWorks Developer Event

PlayBook Portrait Keyboard

The Engadget team was at a BlackBerry WebWorks developer event last night in San Francisco and caught more details on the BlackBerry PlayBook. While at the event they caught some more footage of the BlackBerry PlayBook in portrait orientation and got to play around with it a bit. They also heard that TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) which RIM just acquired is working on the PlayBook’s bezel gestures which are not finalized yet. Supposedly TAT will be “lending a hand” to the UI division to improve the interface interactions. About battery life they got more confirmation that the PlayBook should be able to survive a full work day. Last but not least they learned that the PlayBook’s “Module Cavity” that we heard about before would not be user upgradeable but rather a way for RIM to add hardware enhancements in the factory. My guess is it will be used for the 3G and 4G radios in upcoming PlayBooks.

Let us know if you spot anything else!

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  1. The 7″ format is perfect for two hand typing in portrait imo. I could see myself using it in portrait mode more than landscape.

    I wonder what other bezel gestures could be implemented? I hope TAT is making more improvements to the UI as it evolves.

    • I agree. With my Droid, iTouch, and Storm I prefer to do landscape typing as I can use my thumbs and it feels comfy. With the Playbook, the portrait mode will be similar to that. I hate typing on the iPad. Find myself doing the one finger typing method. Ugh!

  2. I hope TAT really gets involved with the UI. Some of the things they can do are awesome.

  3. Never thought of landscape mode being better for typing but that makes sense.

  4. This means even MORE feature rich device on top of what it already is… woaw

  5. can we just get a release!!!!
    im sick of waiting and watching videos, I want to hold one in hand!

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