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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry PlayBook: Great Tablet, But Not Much to Play With

Tech2
3 February 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 7
6.7
Performance 7
7.0
Battery performance 8
8.0
Display 7
7.0
Camera 6
6.0
Software 7
7.0
Speakers 7
7.0

BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 review

theverge.com
7 January 2014
  • Summary: 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. There was no email or calendar app (yes, really), and few apps of any kind to speak of. PlayBook 2.0, a software update released this week, is RIM’s attempt to solve many of those problems.
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry PlayBook Review: In Depth

Recombu
16 October 2011
  • 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?
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Overall 8
8.0

The BlackBerry PlayBook: A Working Review

i4u.com
6 October 2011
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry PlayBook Review

thinkdigit.com
11 August 2011
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0

Review: BlackBerry PlayBook.

gadgetsteria.com
26 April 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
7.5

BlackBerry PlayBook Review

Digitaltrends
25 April 2011
  • Conclusion: The PlayBook is not an “iPad killer,” whatever that means. We doubt that anything can kill the iPad right now, just as nothing seems able to kill the iPhone. What RIM has done is widen the category, proving that a 7-inch tablet can be useful and offer up an experience as unique as the iPad’s.
  • Pros: Great design and sharp screen, Unique OS, Fun, intuitive gestures, Android, Java app support coming, Great keyboard, Best in class browser
  • Cons: Launch apps plentiful, but lacking quality, Screen size may be too small for some, BlackBerry Bridge has limitations, No native email, calendar apps
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Overall 7
7.0

BlackBerry PlayBook Review

Tablet PC Reviews
18 April 2011
  • Excerpt: RIM is walking the fine line between enterprise and consumer tablet with its BlackBerry PlayBook.
  • Pros: Tough, solid build, BlackBerry Tablet OS responsive, fluid, Most complete tablet browser to date, Office apps superb
  • Cons: Missing basic apps at launch (coming soon, however), No SD card slot, Power button way too small, Memory management needs work
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

PC Advisor
6 July 2012
  • Excerpt: When BlackBerry released the original PlayBook it had some curious issues. Native email, contacts and calendar apps were missing, the app store was barren, and the price matched the iPad at £399. BlackBerry has addressed all these problems in the PlayBook 2.0, making this budget tablet a far more appealing option. The PlayBook OS 2.0 operating system incorporates the missing apps, there are more apps to choose from, and the price has been cut aggressively.
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Overall 8
8.0

BlackBerry PlayBook with 2.0 Firmware

Trusted Reviews
24 February 2012
  • Summary: We take a second look at the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with its new 2.0 Firmware and low price.
  • Pros: Hardware is still among the best, Speedy operation and great in-built apps, Astonishingly low price for a quality tablet
  • Cons: Suffers occasional performance dips, Interface still has a few quirks, App support still trails the iPad and Android competition
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