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BlackBerry Playbook

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Overall 7
Performance 7
Battery performance 8
Display 7
Camera 6
Software 7
Speakers 7

Can an email app save the PlayBook?

23 February 2012
  • 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
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Overall 7

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.
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Overall 7
Performance 4
Battery performance 9
Display 9
Weight 10
Noise 10
Gaming performance 2
Connectivity 4
Keyboard 4
Temperature 9

Review BlackBerry Playbook WiFi 16GB Tablet/MID

3 December 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 7

BlackBerry PlayBook Review: In Depth

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 7

BlackBerry Playbook 32GB

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

Review: BlackBerry PlayBook.

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 7

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. Is the business-friendly tablet still fun and useful for consumers, or is it a tweener[...
  • 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

Expert Review

4 February 2014
  • 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
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Overall 7

BlackBerry PlayBook review

TechRadar UK
30 July 2012
  • Summary: Multi-tasking powerhouse still needs an interface boost
  • Pros: 1080p HD video playback, Fast dual-core processor, Bright screen, Super cheap
  • Cons: Too few apps, Small screen, Clunky interface, Weak battery
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Overall 8

BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 review

PC Advisor
6 July 2012
  • 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.
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