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BlackBerry Playbook Review – Is the PlayBook a Playa? (video)

by Jon Rettinger | April 22, 2011April 22, 2011 1:30 pm PST

A new tablet contender has entered the stadium, and despite the fun name, the PlayBook is serious business. With its BlackBerry pedigree, the device is enterprise friendly, with the hardware chops to handle the web-browsing, vid-watching and mobile-gaming demands of today’s consumers.

There are more than a few noteworthy features, like the ability to pair it with BlackBerry smartphones, future support for Android 2.3 apps, and a hearty spec list.

BlackBerry PlayBook Specs

  • 7-inch display (1024×600 px res)
  • Weighs 0.9 lbs
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 3 MP front cam, 5 MP rear (1080p HD vid capture)
  • HDMI, MicroUSB and MicroHDMI outputs
  • BlackBerry tablet OS (QNX)
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 and Adobe AIR
  • Support for Android 2.3 apps (via app player) coming this summer
  • Pairs with BlackBerry smartphone for access to email, calendar, address book, task list and BBM (via BlackBerry Bridge)
  • WiFi only: $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB), and $699 (64GB). Future 4G versions will be available.
  • Available at Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Radio Shack, and Staples, among others.

RIM’s first tablet has made some generally decent impressions, albeit kind of mixed. But how does it stack up in the real world? Well, I’ve unboxed and taken this tablet through its paces (even filmed some of that, for your viewing pleasure), and having used it awhile now, I’m diving in to give it the full review treatment.

What’s the speed and usability really like? Is the Playbook’s smallish screen/form factor a winner? Is there enough here to overcome issues like minimal app support? For answers to these questions and more, click play to find out.

Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...