Excerpt: When we reviewed the BlackBerry PlayBook back in April , we couldn’t help feeling the device’s insides didn’t match its outsides. The PlayBook is a well-built, good-looking device, but its software was buggy, frustrating, and frankly unfinished.
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
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.
Conclusion: The improvements to the BlackBerry tablet OS seem to have been a long time coming but they're welcome nonetheless. It's a powerful device for both work and play, and it's finally starting to measure up to its rivals. But the lack of unique BlackBerry features, such as BBM, can't go unnoticed.
Pros: Native email client, sharp 7-inch screen, pocketable size, gesture controls, 5-megapixel camera and decent 3-megapixel front-facing camera, HDMI port, HD video recording
Cons: Still not many apps, no BBM, limited Android app support,
Excerpt: It was quite a long time coming, but after 1.5 years the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE tablet finally got released to the market. It doesn’t differ much from its non-4G LTE-enabled counterpart but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Excerpt: would be an understatement. Ever since Research In Motion made overtures that it would enter the tablet market, we were stoked at the possibilities. This is Canada's very own tablet, how could we not feel a tingle of excitement.
Conclusion: The BlackBerry PlayBook is a decent entry into the market, with its svelte form factor, minimalist good looks and sturdy performance. But the lack of apps could tell against it, as could the lack of a dedicated email/calendar/contacts client.
BlackBerry PlayBook: Professional-Grade Tablet Contender Or Another Imitation?
15 June 2011
Summary: It's been a while since our first look of Research In Motion's contender in the newly-sprouting tablet market, and since then we've get acquainted with the quaint device and feel out the kinks. In our hands we've held the Wi-Fi-only 16GB model.