Tablet World Series Finals: ExoPC Slate vs. BlackBerry PlayBook, Voting Ends 11/4 at 12:00 a.m.

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Throughout this series we've seen some surprises (like the Apple iPad getting taken out in Game 1), some tight races (like the ExoPC vs. the Archos 101 in Game 5) and some pure slaughters (like the Archos 101 taking out the Viewsonic G-Tablet with 87% of the vote in Game 3). But your votes have narrowed the field of competitors to just two: the ExoPC Slate and the BlackBerry PlayBook. There can be only 1.

Update: The BlackBerry PlayBook has won the Tablet World Series, 58.27 to 41.73 percent. Congrats to BlackBerry and all its fans.

The ExoPC Slate started the competition off strong, knocking out the heavily favored Apple iPad with 77% of the vote. In round two it went on to barely squeak by the Archos 101 with a 1% margin of victory. But does this 11.6-inch Windows 7 tablet have the pitching arm to shut out RIM?

The interface on the ExoPC Slate looks interesting, as it is loaded with tons of tiny discs that serve as shortcuts to apps or other screens. The capacitive touchscreen display is monstrous, measuring 11.6-inches and sporting a resolution of 1366 x 768.  The interior guts include 2GB of RAM and an SSD.

It's competitor is the BlackBerry PlayBook, which won Game 6 with an 11% margin and Game 4 with 65% of the vote. This dual-core, 7-inch tablet runs a new OS. It comes with dual cameras, HDMI output, and the ability to run Flash 10.1 (which means it can run Adobe Air apps). But RIM's secret weapon will likely be its ability to sync with is army of smart phones. Sadly, we're still waiting to review this puppy, but the momentum certainly seems to be there.

It's time to name a champ, by casting your vote below. Then check back on 11/4 at 12:00 a.m. to see who won.

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  • John Says:


    You shit, maybe it does look like a connect 4 game, apples looks like a toy cupboard; its intuitive. We all know how to play connect 4. Just because its a new company does that make it bad? They have a massive devout fanbase already. Hp was started by 2 guys in a shed, no it is the largest seller of computers in the world. It doesant have a processor!?!?! wHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU ON ABOUt the atom is the most widely used netbook processor in the world shitface. The camera is a joke!>?!?!?! The ipad doesnt even have a camera fag face. Go grow a penis you goat blowing, sheep shagging ugly son of a wank stain that not even a mother could love. Im not a fanboy, i dont even own one. I have an ipad. Your acusations are completely wrong you period stained cancer on the anus of humanity

    Just saying

  • Steel Says:

    Wow, I doubt that the Playbook will even sell 3663! Has anyone seen the BB OS lately? Dated, kids.

  • santos Says:

    Voted play book

  • DaveMTL Says:

    This has got to be the dumbest poll I have ever seen. The EXO PC beats the iPad!!!! Exactly how many EXO PCs have actually been sold and shipped? Therefore how can an educated opinion be made? Ok let me check their website to see if they have actually made this something I can purchase... WOW! Nothing!!! Just an email alert. Based on the blog (what a store front, eh!) they appear to have shipped a few. Meanwhile Apple shipped, what, 10 maybe 12 MILLION iPads. So HOW CAN ANYONE SAY IT BEATS THE IPAD WHEN THEY CAN BARELY COMPARE? One is actually a tablet meant to be used like a tablet and the other is a laptop sans keyboard or mouse.

    As for the iPad, in my IT dept., I know of at least a dozen people who have one. About another dozen want one for Christmas (of 2010!). Many of us have followed the EXO PC since the start (we're a Montreal based IT shop) only to be disappointed by the result. You can beat the pants off that machine with a decent laptop! Better screen, keyboard, ports, CPU, RAM, Storage space... and a helluva lot cheaper! This barely counts as a tablet! It uses a laptop/desktop OS in THE WRONG FORM FACTOR.

    Please guys... You have discredited your "competition" right off the bat. Oh wait... I get it... This is all a marketing thing for EXO PC, right!?! Now it makes sense.

  • Josh Says:

    well at least people cant say that this was rigged for ExoPC now. Im really excited to be getting an ExoPC! exopc made it that far on this competition because they are a great product, in the end it came down to two great products and what people use them for. Because even though the rim has decent specs, i would never buy one because it would be worthless to my needs.
    Long live the ExoPC!!!!
    You rock JB!

  • Zorro Says:

    This is from the forum:

    "By: ChuckH0308 | Date: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 21:24
    I have to admit that I had never heard of the Exopc until now either and it's actually EXACTLY what I need except for one's big. Honestly though, it's hard for me to decide between the two because the PlayBook (so far) is missing a couple things that I need (and the Exopc has), but it's the size I want. SO confused...what to do.."

    So, did ExoPC lose? Muh, ha ha haaa. ExoPC has become the Hydra of Roman lore... or, Obi-wan if you're more the Star War type. Either, have a nice day, RIM... We'll be back. Ooh, Terminator. Excellent.

  • Jon Says:


    Seems the processor is either a Sumsung or Nvidia. Here is some info about the samsung.
    "The 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 Dual Core application processor has been designed using Samsung's 45 nanometer low-power process technology and sees each of the 1GHz cores coming with a 32KB data cache and a 32KB instruction cache."

    Notice the "each of the 1GHz cores"

    I bet the do not call your processor a 4.8 GHz Dual Core Processor.

    I am not going to argue about it. Just remember when you find our that it is 2 1GHz cores that you can't be taken seriously.

  • Dave Says:

    thats just an assumption, now me personally iv had a look, and i cant hook my phone up to the exopc via bluetooth and then view my phones display on it, nor can i then use the main functions of my phone (messages, calendar etc) on the exopc, and lastly i can use my phone tethered through bluetooth to connect to the web when im not in a wifi zone without the need for any (potentially costly) additional software.

    then add flash, adobe AIR java and imho a better looking UI and im sold, i can have a tablet, and not need an extra data plan other than my current blackberry, so it saves me money too.

    maybe people arent looking at the specs/capabilities of the exopc, maybe they are, but maybe those voting for the exopc arent looking at the specs/capabilites of the playbook. they both look good to me, but playbook does it for me for the points iv put above

  • Scott Says:

    RIM Playbook, definitely!

  • Ryan Says:

    Disappointing results. Oh well. Congrats RIM. Well played. We'll see who wins on the real battlefield of the open market though!

    It's Exo Time!

  • La boulette Says:

    J'ai recu un message facebook pour gagner le playbook dont je n'ai aucune idee de ce que c'est
    Cela dit "link reveale after your Playbook vote"
    OU CA le link!!!!!!!!!

  • BOBAFET Says:

    Hey I vote for Black and I don't get the link for win a Playbook!!!!!
    Anyone know what's the link for win the playbook???

  • allen john Says:

    Playbook all the way! Nothing but BB.

  • alex Says:

    @ jonathon
    than the people voting for blackberry are not even reading about the exopc. the only reason rim is winning is because they have more people that know about it, NOT because it is a better product.

  • Hank Says:

    The BlackBerry Playbook is beginning to pull ahead in this contest ... I am not surprised. I can not wait to get one!

  • Zorro Says:

    When calculating the speed rating for dual-core processors, you take the rated performance and divide by two. For example, my Opteron 180 is rated at 4.8GHz, but the clock frequency is 2.4GHz. Find the documentation where it states that the Cortex-A9 is operating 1GHz clock freqency, and not 1GHz performance rating and we can settle this.

  • David Says:

    So the Exo PC forum shows up and votes for their device, and then the crackberry nation shows up to vote for theirs.
    I don't see a problem here.
    And I thought that people that just went on the internet to listen to music would vote for the ipad.

  • david Says:

    WTF???? HOw is the blackberry winning! Its like the ipad but with a diff os, the more practical computer is the exopc!

  • Ian Says:

    Poor crackberry addict... They don't even realize that crackberry and their brand is popular only due to their quite innovative but annoyingly CLOSED PLATFORM BB messenger. Other than that, it's just another smartphone.
    Now they trying to make slate devices using the similar concept, proprietary OS, very limited number of apps, limited number of accessories, limited number of add on device, etc etc.

    I hate Apple due to their draconian control (and have NO Apple devices), but I choose IPhone anytime over anything Blackberry. More third party accessories, more third party apps developer, etc etc.

    I believe that deep down inside, you guys realize all this fact. That's why crackberry addict (or RIM themself???) trying desperately to win this absurd competition by even offering FREE Playbook, which is not even available yet and only God knows when it will be release or ever be released...

    Just a note, it's better to be brand neutral than being brainwashed to any specific brand...

  • W. Says:

    Good game, RIM. Good game....

    I've personally voted for the ExoPC, and seeing all it's features (and its flaws) I am certain I chose correctly. Time will tell, though. Time will tell.

  • jonathon Says:

    crackberry for the win! blogged about the poll, that's why the playbook came back and is going to win now. crackberry > exopc and laptopmag

  • brandon Says:

    that wold be cool to have a playbook

  • alex Says:

    i just got a message on my facebook saying "vote for blackberry and you could win!". im calling bs. exopc should be winning. crapberry only had 200+ people on the other competitions and suddenly it has 3000+?

    thanks rim this contest is no longer valid thanks to you.

  • Bob Says:


    1) agree, to a point.
    2) agree
    3) Not a strong argument. Which forum would you say is bigger? Exo PC forum or xda and all the other forums dedicated to android. Those forums are all filled with tech savvy people creating amazing applications for the android mobile platform.

  • CommonSenseForTechies Says:


    I find it hard to believe you're in IT yet you prefer Winblows over Unix. ExoPC looks like crap, what a horrible idea with those disc things. And windows is crap. PlayBook for the win!!

  • Playbook13b Says:

    The playbook has some amazing specs and the live demo videos are already out and it runs amazingly! I can't wait to buy this device...I'm a huge apple fan but when I bought my pad (pun intended) I was very disappointed cause honestly it sucks nuts! Sure I can play with it but its really just a giant I'm gonna get the worlds first professional grade tablet cause it looks amazing! So goodbye apple you make some amazing TOYS but that's all your good at making. Hello RIM!

  • Josh Says:

    1. the ExoPC is available.
    2. they are both great devices that each have there place. everyones opinion is different and so they prefer different things.
    3. the ExoPC forum is mostly made up of IT people, like myself, which goes to show which is the prefered device by people who do more that get on the internet and listen to music.


  • Patriot Says:

    I received an other mail from unknow guys
    On my facebook account...

  • Steeve Says:

    Blackberry c'est de la vraie merde...

  • BlueMan Says:

    Hey guys! Have you ever heard Chinese iphone 3G? All look like Apple iphone 3G but, it come's with Windows Mobile OS , removable Battery , 2 camera , 2sim card slot , micro USB port , 8gb/16gb/32bg memory and TV tuner. Is it sound like some?

  • AJE Says:

    @jb82 Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Stop your crying!!!

  • joseph Says:

    @ XORave
    Did you just say available ? This tablet isn't even near to be available...

  • jb82 Says:

    Breaking news... i am going to release the JB-BOOK sometime. It will have a 10000GHZ QUAD core processor, run for 200 hours, run every operating system, scalable so it can be pocket sized one day or 20" the next if you want, and costs $50.

    Blackberry owners .... if you are going to vote for something you don't know anything about you might as well vote for the JB-BOOK!

  • Jon Says:

    Your statement is incorrect.
    "Um, you do understand that a dual-core 1GHz processor is 2x500MHz processors, and not 2x1GHz processors, right?"

    It does run 2x1GHz

    So yes it is a win for the Playbook.

    No star for you.

  • Sir James Says:

    Also, as a software development product manager, I know that I can develop for Win7 touch devices on a device like this, that will also run in other environments (i.e. non-touch), the ExoPC is a fantastic device for application developers who are targeting that type of market (of which I'm sure there will be many).

  • Sir James Says:

    I just voted for the ExoPC. (I also have an iPad)

    here's why ExoPC will win:
    - it's the first real Win7 tablet that looks cool and is usable
    - win7 is wayyyy more open to software developers, and uses all the stuff I want it to
    - ExoPC, while it's first gen in the UI and all that, has delivered, with almost all of the ports and this and that, and though it's still a bit heavy on battery if you operate it in high performance mode, it does exactly what we all expected it to
    - ExoPC as a company has done a great job with the early adopters, keeping them in the loop, having a forum for feedback, being very attentive to people, etc.

  • lordskos Says:

    Une tres belle machine, avec enfin une alternative l'os de mac et de google .. Et puis il faut le dire de belles performances au niveau du hardware !!
    Alors vive l'exopc !

  • jb82 Says:

    From 350 votes in the preliminary rounds to nearly 3000 ... hmm i suspect some cheating or some archos fans helping out!

    The playbook is nothing special.... i'd rather have one of the android ones. There are likely to be even fewer apps made for the blackberry. Stick to what you are good at ... corporate devices. They should have made one with an active digitizer, great video conferencing facilities etc. That is what business people want not a play thing.

  • Squirrel Tamer Says:

    Brand loyalty is probably the biggest factor in this vote.
    Both tablets have their plusses and minuses. And both allow you to do a lot of the same tasks.
    It all comes down to whether you need a Blackberry or Windows friendly device, IMO.

    Personally, I don't use any RIM products, but I do use many MS products. So, the EXOPC gets my vote.
    I am also intrigued by their app store idea. If they could grow that thing to be at least as big as the Android Marketplace, that would be quite an achievment. Windows needs their own app store to compete in this market. Maybe the EXOPC app store could be that missing link?

    As an aside, to the person who said HTML5 will not replace Flash:
    Microsoft themselves have said that they are focusing on HTML5 (instead of their own Silverlight product) for web applications. Silverlight is being left in the dust before it even got going. It'll be used for mobile and business programs at this point.
    Apple is anti-Flash, and focusing on HTML5.
    Google is focusing on HTML5, and a top Google employee is one of the head people on the HTML5 board.
    It may not be next year, but I think HTML5 will replace Flash and Silverlight on a large portion of the internet (and it already has in some cases).

  • Mister Daniels Says:

    I voted for the playbook. I've owned a black berry device since 2008 and for me it just makes since to stick with them. The interface will be familiar so it will be much easier to learn how to use then switching to a different device. I am a huge fan of the size. If I wanted a bigger screen I would just stick with my HP Mini. I am used to the BB products, the good and the bad so I know exactly what to expect when buying another black berry product. Call it brand loyalty, but my vote is with the playbook.

  • bill357 Says:

    PLAYBOOK! Qnx has the capability that no other OS has plus with RIM you have the security that no one else can offer. I think that the Playbook will be the tablet that sets the bar in the business world both for its size and capabilities, plus it will sync with Blackberry smart phones which is a big plus in the business world. For all other things outside the business world the addition of Adobe AIR preloaded is attractive. For me I'm getting a Playbook as soon as it comes out.

  • sonicpix Says:

    I wasn't really interested in a tablet until I saw the playbook. It seems serious and now I can see its usefulness for work as well as personal. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

  • PJ Says:

    I voted for the Playbook. If I wantd a large screen device, I will stick with my laptop..

  • Bob Says:


    So your argument against this being similar to a netbook is that it has a higher resolution? I hardly find that compelling. For a 10-11 inch screen, the extra pixels won't make much of a difference. Sure, some programs require higher resolutions to run, but those are windows programs. Programs that use the increased resolution generally eat up more file space and processing power (which also drains the battery).

    Also, while you have full access to Windows 7 software, that software was not made with touch screens in mind. It just isn't.

    The 'marketplace' (to find apps that were created for intended touchscreen use) for the Exo PC is much smaller than the android or ipad marketplaces. Yes, you don't get 'stock' access to the android marketplace with any tablet yet. But Android has an amazing following of users who quickly rectify that situation. Take the Viewsonic Viewpad that came out yesterday. Some users have already figured out how to install the marketplace. When I watch the youtube videos showing the Exo PC running some non-tablet windows programs, it makes me cringe. The lag is tragic. To some extent, it's better to have access to the programs and have them run slowly than to not have access at all. I'll concede to that. But I don't believe that tablets are intended to run full desktop applications.

    You mention that you can use Citrix VPN. That's great. it's useful. For those people who need that kind of functionality, the Exo PC would obviously have a tremendous advantage. I don't think the majority of people who would like to buy a tablet would use it though.

    Address my main argument: Why would you buy the slate over a netbook or laptop? it weighs the same (as a netbook) but lacks a keyboard or mouse. If you need a device to write your thesis, edit graphics, create large business spreadsheets, why would you opt for the slate which makes all these things way more difficult?

    I'm all about open debate, which is why I keep responding. You say I haven't done the research, but tell me why you think so? I'd love to learn something new. As new positives have shown up about the Exo, I think I've been rational in accepting them.

  • Mjones21 Says:

    @Gadget and what???

    Your post shows your ignorance of these products. Since when did the Playbook run Android 2.2 or an Android or Opera browser? If you did any research you would know that is has the innovative QNX OS and webkit browser. And there is no way HTML 5 will replace Flash, especially since Adobe Air apps are starting to get big (fyi the Playbook does run Adobe Air)

  • i read the specs Says:

    I'm amazed at how many people who have posted a comment think the playbook is running android OS. News flash- RIM competes with android. The playbook is running their own OS developed by Qnx who they acquired a while back. Read the specs before you post uninformed garbage.

  • BlueMan Says:

    Absolutely yes, the Playbook does good by hardware spec.
    ExoPC Umm...... what's a different?
    CPU 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450?
    2 GB RAM?
    Display 11.6″
    Resolution 1024×768?
    32/64 GB SSD?
    $599USD/32GB SSD, $749USD/64BG SSD?
    Ell that all in hp mini Only $350USD with 4GB RAM

  • Zorro Says:

    Um, you do understand that a dual-core 1GHz processor is 2x500MHz processors, and not 2x1GHz processors, right? And, you do know that a dual-core 1GHz CPU is slower than a 1.66GHz single-core CPU, yes? The A9 would be faster than the N450 only if they were clocked at the same speed, but since it's only a 1GHz processor on the RIM... well, it's only a 1GHz processor vs. a 1.66GHz N450 on the ExoPC - so the ExoPC wins by a substantial margin... Did you fail math in high school, I mean... this is all pretty basic stuff. 1GHz < 1.66GHz. Remember, the alligator likes to eat the bigger number. No star for you.

  • Patriot Says:

    I received 2 mail for vote BB
    I did't know anything about all tablet before. I just use my BB... I dont need a huge Black...
    Anyway a lot of noise for pub from both side

  • knottyrope Says:

    Well I am in high hopes of the Playbook winning, it will extend the capabilities of the BlackBerry smartphone. It will not be a second device that is independant. I dont want to setup yet another device with all of my setting etc. i just want it to work with what I have already.

    Last I looked the Playbook was ahead today.

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