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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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: BlackBerry seemed to be giving up all claim to competition with Apple's iPad when it launched its PlayBook last April without certain key features. What use is a mobile device without email or a built in calendar? Didn't that rather miss the point?
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,
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.