Research in Motion is heating up the tablet wars with the BlackBerry PlayBook, which aims to outshine Apple and Samsung in business appeal.

Speed and security

The BlackBerry PlayBook touts support for 1GHz dual-core processors allowing for, as it says, "highly-responsive and fluid touch screen experience for apps and content services".

The tablet is compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Server, meaning help desks will already be familiar with the tablet. Using an encrypted Bluetooth connection, RIM says, the tablet can communicate securely between devices. It adds: "When connected over Bluetooth, the smartphone content is viewable on the tablet, but the content actually remains stored on the BlackBerry smartphone and is only temporarily cached on the tablet (and subject to IT policy controls)."

A true business tablet?

RIM is billing the BlackBerry PlayBook as 'professional-grade' tablet perfect for businesses. It has a point. What the BlackBerry PlayBook may lack in fun apps it makes up for in business appeal (security, links to back office resources, and syncing with BlackBerry smartphone). With its close ties to its BlackBerry smartphone cousin (already extremely popular among office workers) the PlayBook might just find a welcome home at work.