We’ve seen a lot of information about what an awesome consumer tablet the BlackBerry Playbook is — thanks to support for HD video, Adobe Flash, and multitasking. But BlackBerry is best known for making business-friendly devices, and the PlayBook has some enterprise features as well… some more attractive than other.
You can pair the PlayBook with a BlackBerry phone to share data and a 3G internet connection. That part’s pretty cool. Less cool is the fact that pairing the tablet is the only way to use it over a 3G network for now. The tablet also won’t have its own native calendar, messaging, or calendar apps. Instead those apps will only be available when the tablet is paired with the phone.
You pair the tablet to a phone over an encrypted Bluetooth connection. By doing that, your secure corporate data is actually stored on the phone. When you disconnect your phone, the corporate data disappears from the tablet. That lets a corporate IT department deploy the PlayBook without setting up any new accounts.
When the devices are synced, you can read, delete, or otherwise interact with your email on the PlayBook and your data will be saved on the phone.
From a corporate standpoint, I can see the appeal of these business-friendly features. But I think I’d rather have a tablet with its own native calendar and email apps which can be used without a phone.
You can check out a demo video of the PlayBook paired to a BlackBerry smartphone after the break.