Summary: The BlackBerry PlayBook is a neat, compact and capable tablet. We like it, but sadly that isn't enough, as the lack of apps severely lets it down. Without apps, you'll often find yourself wondering what to do with this tablet – a problem you'd never have with the iPad 2.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: Overall, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is a solid update for the PlayBook. However, most of the improvements it brings to the table are features that should have been there from the beginning. There's not a lot that truly sets the PlayBook apart from the rest of the tablet crowd.
Pros: Sexy design appeals to the Mies in you. Media is a joy with a brilliant display, great sound and an HDMI output. Two cameras: one on the front, a better one on the back. Supports tethering to BlackBerry phones. Comes with office-productivity apps that can read and edit MS Office files. App multit...
Cons: RIM’s WebKit-based browser is about as stable as your bipolar uncle. No native e-mail, calendar or contacts apps. App ecosystem is lacking. You’ll need to install a driver before you can connect it to your PC or Mac. Runs Flash, sorta.
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: 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.
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 tries to enter a one horse race with the PlayBook — but does it have what it takes to stand up to the iPad?
13 April 2011
Summary: Let me say first and foremost that the PlayBook is a really solid device with a handsome and clean industrial design, a hefty set of specs, and a new operating system that shows tons of promise.
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