Blackberry Playbook – Review Round-Up

The Blackberry Playbook is a 7″ tablet with a 1024 X 600 WSVGA display. It’s run by a dual-core 1GHz processor with 1 Gb of RAM. It has a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 3MP front-facing camera, both of which support 1080P recording. It’s WiFi only, comes in 16($499), 32($599), or 64 Gb($699) versions, and it supports Adobe Flash. But will it support your tablet habits?

Research in Motion (the company that makes Blackberry) is calling it “the world’s first professional grade tablet”, so it better do everything, right?

Check out the reviews below.


In a lot of ways, the PlayBook is more polished and usable in its beta state than the Motorola Xoom, and it’s straight-up the best seven-inch tablet out there. At the same time, I don’t think anyone should buy it right now—BlackBerry user or otherwise—for at least a few months, to see if the platform has enough legs to carry itself to where it needs to be.

Like :

  • It runs a solid handful of apps (simultaneously, if you want) without going catatonic.
  • Awesome multitasking UI.
  • The battery life is legit all day long.
  • The screen is super solid.
  • Stereo audio.
  • The front camera is mega-awesome, compared to every other tablet and phone’s front camera.
  • You can dump music and photos and other files onto the PlayBook via Wi-Fi (though I had to manually plug in the IP address and mount it on a Mac).

No Like :

  • No Android apps yet.
  • You can’t create custom app categories.
  • There’s no universal search to quickly find apps.
  • You can’t re-arrange your open app cards.
  • Half the time you try to touch a link in the browser, you don’t know if you touched it correctly or not—the feedback isn’t fast enough.
  • Not a fan of the App World or Music Store interfaces—they feel cramped, and it seems hard to find good stuff.
  • Needing to tether to a BlackBerry to use native mail, calendar and contacts apps is annoying, and potentially deal-breaking any way you slice it. (You have no mail, calendar or contacts stored on the PlayBook if you’re not tethered!)


It’s a well-constructed device with great media-viewing capabilities, solid hardware specs and a price on par with the current tablet market. But with serious gaps in key areas like app selection and Flash stability, you may want to think twice before picking one up.

WIRED Sexy design appeals to the Mies in you. Media is a joy with a brilliant display, great sound and an HDMI output. Two cameras: one on the front, a better one on the back. Supports tethering to BlackBerry phones. Comes with office-productivity apps that can read and edit MS Office files. App multitasking is innovative and intuitive. Runs Flash, sorta.

TIRED RIM’s WebKit-based browser is about as stable as your bipolar uncle. No native e-mail, calendar or contacts apps. App ecosystem is lacking. You’ll need to install a driver before you can connect it to your PC or Mac. Runs Flash, sorta.


The good: RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is a fast, powerful 7-inch tablet with HDMI output, advanced multitasking and security, and a browser that integrates Adobe Flash 10.2 for a desktop-style Web experience.

The bad: The 7-inch screen cramps the powerful browser, the wake button is almost impossible to push, and some stalwart features are only available when pairing a BlackBerry phone.

The bottom line: The BlackBerry PlayBook ably showcases RIM’s powerful new mobile operating system, but its middling size diminishes many of its best features.


We have hardware that looks and feels great but isn’t being fully served by the software. And, ultimately, we have a tablet that’s trying really hard to please the enterprise set but, in doing so, seems to be alienating casual users who might just want a really great seven-inch tablet. Oh, and don’t forget that bummer of a power button.

Right now, the BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet that will come close to satisfying those users who gravitate toward the first word in its name: BlackBerry. Those who were more excited about the “play” part would be well advised to look elsewhere, at least until Android compatibility joins the party. Then, well, anything could happen.

My Opinion : The multi-tasking looks great, and if anything seems like the main reason to buy the tablet. Such a poor design choice in the tiny power button boggles my mind. Why didn’t you just rip-off the iPad’s? That thing is just like a phone’s and works great.

You can’t use e-mail or a calendar (contacts either, but that stuff should be on your phone anyway) without also having a working Blackberry phone. I can recognize RIM wanting to push users to also use a Blackberry, but this KILLS it. Apps are always a big issue when it comes to buying a tablet too. It’s still going to be a while before anyone starts beating Apple.

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