Summary: To say that the BlackBerry PlayBook — and a review of the PlayBook — is something of an anticipated event would be an understatement. From the first moment the tech community caught wind (and sight) of Research In Motion’s first foray into the tablet world, everyone seems to be on pins and needles. It’s not just that another company is making a charge at Apple’s iPad — it’s also that RIM has been in something of a bind lately.
Pros: Handsome design, Gestures make the OS easy to navigate, Good battery life
Cons: Software feels sloppy, No native email or calendar, Third-party support is awful
Summary: The BlackBerry PlayBook deserves a second look as an affordable tablet with enough under that capacitive touch screen in the way of hardware to compete against some of those better brands of tablets but a simple option may mar this reviewers recommendation.
Conclusion: Coming back to the PlayBook, RIM does well to match the quality of the PlayBook from the outside to the components used inside. The PlayBook is powered by a Qualcomm dual core cortex A9 CPU running at 1GHz along with 1GB of RAM. Storage comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, however, there is no MicroSD slot so i suggest choosing the highest capacity you can afford. On the connectivity side, you have 802.11b/g/n support as well as Bluetooth 2.1.
Conclusion: Consumer electronics devices rarely leave me feeling this conflicted. I love the PlayBook experience with its fast and mature user interface that's more polished than Android (and I'm an Android user) and far stronger at multitasking than iOS. The hardware is gorgeous and the 7" tablet is portable enough that I do take it with me, unlike the Motorola Xoom and iPad 2. The web browsing experience is second to none and Flash 10.1 playback is impressive.
Pros: Superb hardware, elegant and fast UI, multitasks like a champ., Pro: Superb hardware, top notch display, delightful user interface, solid multitasking, good battery life, full 1080p HDMI out.
Cons: Rushed to market before PIM apps and email client reader. 3rd party apps are thin in this brand new platform., Con: Missing basic PIM apps and email client at launch. BlackBerry Bridge not available for AT&T BlackBerry smartphones (AT&T's fault), quality apps in AppWorld MIA at launch.
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook review - future promise, but lacking today
23 April 2011
Summary: The BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM's entry into the burgeoning tablet market that is currently dominated by Apple. It faces a stiff competition from Apple's iPad and the various Android tablets that are just now coming to market. Does RIM have what it takes to compete at this level of consumer tablet? Is the BlackBerry PlayBook something that the average customer should be parting with their hard-earned money for?
Pros: Fast response, great screen, solid build quality, future promise
Cons: BlackBerry smartphone required for many tasks, few apps, missing core functionality, mediocre camera
Excerpt: The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a good-looking piece of hardware. Like the proto-humans in 2001: A Space Odyssey , you’ll be eager to touch the monolithic object’s black, buttonless visage. But once you do, things get a little more complicated. The PlayBook’s design exudes the same sense of finely honed “business chic” that Research in Motion has perfected in its BlackBerry smartphones .
Summary: It's not really a matter of too little, too late with the BlackBery PlayBook. If anything, RIM's first tablet feels as if it was rushed to market. The PlayBook has a well-designed interface and plenty of power under the hood for serious multitasking. The sharp screen, high-quality cameras, and loud speakers all impress as well.
Pros: Good multitasking power, Sleek and solid design, Crisp 7-inch display, Captures high-quality 1080p video, Powerful speakers
Cons: Need BlackBerry phone to get native e-mail calendar apps, Buggy software low-on-memory messages, Lackluster apps, No video chat option yet, Android Player coming later