Summary: It may be labeled version 2.0, but this is the operating system the Playbook should have shipped with. It’s relatively complete, mostly bug-free, and though it’s filled with plenty of oddities, quirks, and issues none are hugely problematic. The additions are smart ones, the new apps are mostly good (though real, useful Android support is still a pipe dream), and the operating system generally works really well.
Pros: Much improved performance, Email, calendar, contacts apps are finally native, Smart UI enhancements
Cons: Still some bugs, particularly with scrolling, Android app selection is weak, Email app could be better
BlackBerry PlayBook: Great Tablet, But Not Much to Play With
4 January 2012
Excerpt: Once an industry darling, Research in Motion (RIM), the company that makes BlackBerry devices, has lately been navigating stormy seas. RIM’s market share has fallen in key markets like the US thanks to smartphones powered by a visibly aging OS and almost obsolete hardware specs when compared with other top-of-the-line competitors.
Summary: Professional gamer? Blackberry touts its tablet as a symbiosis of entertainment and work. Is the BlackBerry Tablet OS worth being tied to? After all, that excludes the large selection of apps on the Android Market.
Pros: Handy size, Stable case, Brilliant colors / good contrast, Bright TFT for outdoors, HDMI video out, Long battery life, Operating concept, The control concept with swiping over the lateral edges. The super bright screen is a knockout.
Cons: Only 12 month manufacturer warranty, Time Out can't be disabled, No virtual environment for Android apps, No email client, No SD card slot, A timeout of more than five minutes.
Summary: The PlayBook might be the ultimate diamond in the rough. It features fantastic hardware and great stock features, but with a disappointing app selection and a handful of weird bugs thrown into the mix. I can't recommend this tablet to the average consumer at its $499 entry price. But it may end up worth that a month or two down the line when (if) RIM gets a handle on their app situation.
Pros: +Great form factor, +Fast and very powerful multi-tasking, +Excellent camera and file storage
Cons: -Terrible at sharing media, -Buggy browser and mixed flash support, -No meaningful app selection
Conclusion: What the PlayBook can do, it does very well. We thought this would be the dry middle-aged tablet, but we’ve been impressed by how well it’s been able to handle video, music (through the great 7Digital music store) and the internet browsing experience. But it’s what the PlayBook can’t do that lets it down. The apps section, one of the core parts of the tablet experience, needs strengthening- a lot. No embedded email client?
Summary: Right now, the BlackBerry PlayBook is ideal for a BlackBerry smartphone user looking to purchase a tablet. This is mainly due to the BlackBerry Bridge sync option. However, even then we would advise potential buyers to wait it out till there is a respectable apps eco-system. Current apps in the App World are nothing to write home about. RIM had announced that Android apps would soon be ported to the BlackBerry App World, but that has yet to happen.
Pros: Excellent multitasking, Brilliant display, Flash and Adobe AIR support
Cons: Limited number of apps, Biased towards BlackBerry smartphone users, Poor implementation of the power/sleep button
Conclusion: Getting right down to the nitty gritty, can we say we’d recommend the PlayBook to anyone? In all truthfulness — not at this point. RIM simply left out or failed to develop various key areas of the PlayBook including several major marketing points. The simple fact is this: RIM should not have released the PlayBook until all of the marketed features/services were fully operational and meticulously tested.
Summary: Introduction Blackberry Playbook offers a combination of powerful features and a brand new operating system, which are enough to woo a lot of users. Although RIM had initially intended Playbook to be an enterprise focused tablet, it has become extremely popular in the general consumer market as well. In fact, the device is being considered by many as a perfect too to be used both for fun and business with equal efficiency.
Pros: Offers HD video playback of 1080p , Dual-core processor ensures speedy operation , The camera is exceptionally good , Has a great battery life , The design is simply splendid , Comes at a truly affordable price
Cons: Does not have too many apps , Does not support 3G , Has no memory extension facility
Summary: RIM's revised BlackBerry PlayBook addresses all the original tablet's shortcomings. It offers unbeatable value at £169, putting budget Android tablets to shame. Read our BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 review to find out why this tablet should be at the top of your wishlist. UPDATED 7 JUNE 2012.