|Screen Size||7 Inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Max Screen Resolution||1024 x 600 Pixels|
|Graphics Coprocessor||PowerVR SGX540|
|Chipset Brand||Imagination Technologies|
|Wireless Type||802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11g|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 Hours|
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- BlackBerry Tablet Os, 1 GHz dual-core processor.
- It has 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB for storage.
- It has 7 inch multi-touch capacitive LCD screen, 1024 x 600-pixel resolution.
- Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n).
- Supports all blackberry applications, will not work with android applications.
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The BlackBerry PlayBook delivers professional-grade, consumer-friendly experiences that redefine the possibilities of mobile computing. This ultra-portable tablet looks and feels great, measuring less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound. The micro USB port allows for an easy connection to your computer with memory of 16 Gb. It features a vivid 7-inch high-resolution display-WSVGAn display resolution (1024 x 600) that is highly-responsive with a fluid touch screen experience. It also offers industry leading performance, uncompromised web browsing with support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, true multitasking, HD multimedia, advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a robust development environment.
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Though it was used prior everything came with the shipment.. Even the throw away Manuals, Sales box and more.
Purchased it dirt cheap at the time and its still a good deal to this day.
The one and only complaint I have would be the marketplace for games and or apps is tiny, Use it as a workhorse for office, email and video chat and you will have no issues.
Shame this little fellow has not got the same advertizing/marketing as the other 'big' fellows.
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Cons - very few decent apps and most of those are way too expensive, android apps have to be sideloaded - fiddly and time consuming, RIM constantly promising upgrade to BB10 at some point in the future but it never seems to happen and now never will(see next paragraph).
This could and should have been almost a significant a tablet as the ipad but has been constantly let down by appalling planning and support from RIM. It's such a pity because there is a lot to like about the Playbook and even 2 years after it's launch it still performs almost as well as many newer and more expensive tablets. If only the OS could be properly upgraded. Sadly RIM have now decided NOT to upgrade the OS to BB10 and have therefore totally let down very many Playbook owners.
Paraphrasing the the words of my old headmaster - "with a little more effort RIM could do so much better"!
I have just added a fourth star, as I get used to it sideloading becomes easier. NO chance of a 5th star since RIM have reneged on their promises to upgrade to BB10.
It will not replace PC, laptop or Netbook - but it will stop me squinting at a tiny mobile phone display or wasting money on a Galaxy to get a marginally bigger phone display.
I think cases for the Playbook are overpriced. I think the Playbook here on Amazon is super-priced and a real bargain. Just as the 8520 Blackberry is cleaning up for RIm in the Uk so could this Tablet at this price.
Hardware wise it feels well-made, though it's a bit thicker than more recent tablets. Only quibble on the hardware is that power button is annoyingly small and difficult to push. I was a bit unsure about a 7" tablet but in fact find it a very convenient size and weight for carrying around. 2 front facing speakers deliver a decent sound.
Connection wise you get Micro USB, microHDMI, WiFi and Bluetooth. What more could you need? I do find that the Wifi can be a little slow to pick up connection but is fine and stable once it has.
The buttonless OS takes a little getting used to but I really like aspects of it, the multitasking is the best I have seen since WebOS on my Palm Pre.
The main downside is apps, not just the lack of them but also the lack of polish in the provided apps. Something BB10 would have addressed. The Blackberry World store is a bit of a wasteland and for a little while after buying I was regretting my purchase (no DropBox or Kindle!). However, I then found you can run (some) Android Apps (search `apk to bar converter'). It is a bit of lottery but I now have enough working apps to make it useful. Though I do miss OneNote.
There are also issues with charging, you are not suppose to charge with anything other than the supplied charger. Now I have charged with standard USB chargers and while slow it has worked, but there are dire warnings of 'damaging your device'. I have no idea if they are realistic. Secondly I find my device behaves oddly when being charged, to the point of being unusable. Apps open and close on their own, the touch interface becomes erratic. Advice would be to charge ech night with the supplied charger I suppose, though battery life is good and I only need to charge every other day with moderate use.
It's slightly hard not to damn with faint praise, but overall at the right price I think this is a decent buy. Better than the bottom end android tablets I have seen.
Last year we bought a Playbook hoping that Blackberry would release their BBM 10 software. Well, they didn't but we are still using our Blackberry on a daily basis to surf the web and watch cartoons on Youtube.
This is our main use for the Playbook, and although there are games and apps, we haven't got enough time to spend playing whatever game is in fashion. My daughter, however, has got some nice apps to play and draw that can keep her busy.
We also use the Playbook as a PDF reader and now with the second one we will use it to video chat when away from the family for work. At least this is our hope, since sadly we didn't manage to do this with the Blackberry Z10, which I had to return.
All in all, for the price we paid, we are satisfied. It charges quickly with the fast charging docking station and I am sure that we don't use it to its full potential. We have a terrible computer at home and we haven't downloaded music or videos onto the Playbook yet.
I am sure that if we really needed Apps such as Skype or Whatsapp (or anything else that is in fashion these days) this would not be the tablet to buy, but these Apps can be installed on a smartphone very easily.
All in all, a good tablet for web browsing and media playing if the budget is tight.
The Playbbok is also tethered by bluetooth to access your phone's 3G network, useful if you are unable to obtain a wifi signal. There is therefore no need for a 3G variant making the Playbook a good value alternative to the i-Pad. The Playbook has HDMEI, USB and Fast Charge connectors but no memory expansion capability or SD card. I would thererfore recommend at least the 32MB version.
I did have a little difficulty getting the software to start-up but the free 90 days UK support line soon sorted the problem and it has been trouble free since. It is comforting to know that that there is help from Blackberry if you need it.
If you own a Blackberry phone it becomes a no-brainer. Hooking up to your phone to share your data connection is child's play and works really well. You also get to use your phone as a remote control and keypad, so you can hook the pad to the TV (HDMI) and use a nice big screen for playing movies in your hotel room, or surfing the net, without having to stay physically close.
I find this tablet great to use, well supplied with apps that I want (office document creation/editing, surfing, email, iPlayer, Youtube etc).
There are some pros and cons (as with everything I guess in life). Here are my observations in short;
- Good quality, solid, beautiful tablet
- Very good screen, good resolution, pleasing to the eye
- Responsive touch interface (could have been a bit more responsive/faster though)
- Good battery life (for an average user)
- Some good games (if you are into this kind of thing)
- Good quick processing power
- Easy use of multiple apps (multitasking)
- A bit messy (easy actually but should have been much easier through the app world) to install android apps as RIM does not offer them to begin with
- Annoying that apps like kindle and skype either non-existent (latter) or you have to sideload them (in my view they should have been available as standard)
- Difficult to make it work with my smartphone; although it connects I still cannot use my phone as a wi-fi hotspot (I can with my netbook...easily, like a breeze; my netbook is 3 years old and better on this than the tablet)(by the way I do not have a blackberry mobile to see what the connectivity would be like)
A good tablet with some very annoying hiccups, which they may seem small, but essentially ruin the whole experience. In a highly competitive market this little hiccups should have been working perfectly like a breeze. I find it unacceptable these things to be a problem. I am seriously thinking of selling the tablet.
This is my first blackberry device and I am beginning to see why RIM has not been doing well recently. Little annoying hiccups make it difficult for people to trust and keep buying a product.
Ok; its far from junk. Its nicely built, has a bright screen (great for showing off pictures & video) & a competent web-browser. I like the size and weight. BlackBerry Bridge is a useful feature if (like me) you're one of a seemingly dwindling band of BB users.
But there are some signficant problems. Its slow to boot up (90 seonds maybe, unless you leave in stand-by and that drains the battery quickly), its slow to charge (I leave it overnight), bettery life is poor if you are using Bluetooth (maybe only a couple of hours), I find the touchscreen is often unresponsive, and the browser sometines spontanioulsy shuts down (in fairness the OS2 upgrade seems to have improved that). And its just awkward to get things done (try mailing a photo or file to a contact - virtually impossible with OS1, clunky and slow with OS2, unless you connect to a PC, which at least you can do, but is hardly the point surely). BB Bridge freezes & I've had to reinstall 3 times (tough to do by the way - if you're interested, try to delete BB Bridge AND Bluetooth items on BOTH devises & start install from stratch). I watch streamed videos on my iPhone, but they won't play on the Playbook on the same WiFi.
You get the picture... but the point is that iPad users I know report none of the above proplems.... To be clear, I'm Apple agnostic, but I'm just left wondering if RMI have put anywhere near enough development into the Playbook, or have just lost interest.
So I bought it becaue I'm a BB user and wanted a reasonably cheap tablet to find out if I would get use out if it. I do. And it somewhat pains me to say it, but my next one will be an iPad.
I have had it a week and like it. I have found it to have bugs but it's a new product and I am sure software updates will come thick and fast. Specific examples include Youtube videos stopping whilst playing and difficulties updating calendar entries on my Bold using the Playbook bridge function. Most annoyingly I took the Playbook out to a meeting where I wanted to use the Bridge for internet access and it would not connect to my Bold. I had to remove the device from Blutooth and then reconnect it but it took me a while to find a forum to tell I needed to do this. Using my Blackberry's data plan with the Playbook whilst out of WiFi range is a fantastic benefit of Playbook.
I bought an Otterbox to protect the Playbook and this is very solid and chunky.
Overall I like the size, screen and potential, but with the current lack of apps and bugs I would have to say I prefer my iPad and if I could only have one tablet I would choose Apple. With that said, I like my Playbook and would not send it back. The QNX operating system is fast and I cannot wait to see it on a Blackberry phone in Q2 2012 (RIM is always late so when they say Q1 it must mean Q2).
Battery great, high quality, and out of the box it works extremely well for the basics. Try to get it to do more than this and you will be disappointed (even with sideloading Android apps - which are very flaky when you try to run them... Kindle being an example - it's made me buy a Kindle because it was so rubbish!)
I wanted a tablet for a while but was put off by the price. When I saw this BlackBerry playbook for this price I read through loads of customer reviews, and found them all mostly very positive, so I took a chance and bought one. I already have a Blackberry bold phone, and use documents to go all the time.
I must say that to set up the Bridge software and download it to my phone was quick and simple. Once done the tablet and phone are linked by bluetooth and you can keep your phone in your pocket and access your messages, we'll everything, I love it!
When you are away from your wifi or free hotspot, you can still get on the Internet because the Internet is accessed via bluetooth (Bridge) through your phone in your pocket.
Also if you download "print to go" to your pc or laptop you can select print to go and your document will appear on your tablet in pdf format, so instead of carrying around wads of paper printouts, you can have them on your tablet
I highly recommend this tablet, it also looks good, we'll made and easy to use,I like it more than the ipad.
As many reviews on the Internet have said, the application store doesn't have some of the most popular apps, such as kindle and Skype, but they can be sideloaded which isn't as complicated as it sounds. Just look it up on the Web.
I think that a lot of the negative reviews from tech sites where made before the 2.1 update, when native email support was put on and the price was an unrealistic price, £450 for 64GB. Time is a great healer and now at £130, (although I paid less £99.99 a week ago??), it's a much better buy.
HD screen which is bright and colourful. Stereo speakers on the front which are very good quality for a tablet. True multi tasking. Very fast response from touchscreen. Great on screen keyboard with very intuitive predictive text. Hdmi out with presentation feature for meetings and photo shows.
Before I bought the playbook, I thought that a seven inch screen would be too small. However, because of the quality of the screen, text is actually easy to read and it makes a great ereader. There is not another tablet that can match the playbooks browser ,it has flash support so iplayer, itv player 4od and demand 5 all work. I have to mention that netflix and lovefilm will not work because they both run on Microsoft silverlight, which the browser doesn't support.
But the main thing I like the most above everything else, is that unlike android devices, the PlayBook doesn't crash every couple of days. Reliable is the word.
So ifyou are thinking of getting a tablet but, are stuck to a budget, the PlayBook is a great buy. Stop thinking about it and just get it, trust me, you'll enjoy it.
The 7" screen is so clear and has a firm glass front to make touch use a positive experience. The lack of buttons (apart from power and volume) is refreshing and the ability to use the border as a touch area is fab. It didn't take me long to set the Playbook up and get going with the swipes and touch areas. There are built-in lessons for most things and anything that you forget or don't know is easily available online via many sources.
This brings me to the browser - I have read that RIM are suffering through lack of Playbook sales which is a shame as the browser is very quick and responsive through the wireless connection; though the Blackberry Bridge depends a lot on the signal area for speed but I haven't noticed much difference. There are a lot of built-in applications but I have deleted some of them that I will not us and found it easy to browse and add those I do want.
The colours on-screen are vibrant and far better than my laptop, watching video and TV through iPlayer is superb and complemented by excellent sound through the built in speakers. Even music throught eh Playbook speakers is great but connecting earphones adds another dimension.
Boot up time can be frustratingly slow but what did I expect?! No real difference to my laptop there. The much reported lack of Apps is annoying as there are plenty - depending upon what the user wants. Battery life is much better than I expected and lasts plenty long enough to take travelling without having to worry about going flat.
The Playbook came with a neoprene envelope cover which is perfectly acceptable and usable but I purchased a PdAir stitched leather cover which really sets the gadget off.
I've not used the camera much but have played with video and stills when learning how to use it and they are intuitive and produced great results with the little I have done so far.
A downside for me is lack of DLNA at the moment. RIM say it will come and maybe with the upgraded OS in the New Year I will be appeased.
Overall well worth the money and I love my Playbook. I know people with iPads and I wouldn't swap!