Despite early evidence that Research in Motion’s upcoming tablet would bear the awkward moniker of “BlackPad,” this week the company announced a device with a slightly better name: BlackBerry PlayBook. I’m still not sure why you’d use the word play when describing a device that you want to promote as a tablet professionals can use to get work done, but I suppose RIM is also working on revamping its image to convince users it can be as hip as Apple and provide you with hardware that can handle multimedia, games, and other apps.
HP/Palm, on the other hand, appears to be taking more direct aim at Apple, by calling its upcoming tablet the PalmPad. You know, like the iPad, but with Palm instead of umm… i?
We’ve been hearing rumors that the company’s new tablet would run a version of the WebOS operating system that powers the Palm Pre and Pixi smartphones and be called the PalmPad. But for the first time, an HP executive yesterday refered to the upcoming tablet as the PalmPad.
Speaking to analysts yesterday, HP vice president Todd Bradley said the “webOS-powered PalmPad” will launch in early 2011. A lot can change between now and early 2011, but it certainly looks like the company is at least thinking of calling the tablet the PalmPad.
Of course, I’m much more interested in learning how well it works and how much it will cost than what it will be called. But I’ll take what I can get for now.