Bought this in America after a long wait. I have a BB Torch and was looking forward to email sync without a 3G contract.
I wanted a device that would allow drag and drop file transfer, ability to view PDF, PPT, Word and XL documents - it's not really a tool to edit these, but viewing on the superb screen is great. I wanted a better web experience than with the Torch, but don't expect Google Chrome performance. I wanted a camera that would allow me to take pictures during presentations and conference poster sessions.
I wanted something fast and portable - the best tablet is the one you carry with you.
I'm not that bothered by Apps and don't play games. I do listen to music and already have my Torch sync'ed to iTunes.
So it delivers on these fronts and for that I am very pleased. I can view my extensive reference collection at the touch of a button, answer emails and BBM.
Now the unfinished part...
Amazingly, for a "professional tablet", it did not come with a File Manager!!!! So I have 1400 files listed in alphabetical order every time I open Adobe reader. This has been fixed with a very good App for £4.99, but really, what a faux pas!
None of the file viewers cater for file structures, despite them being present when mounted on my laptop and viewable through the File Manager App. I expect that will come with upgrades.
The keyboard is nice to type on but needs some cursor keys. The web browser could do with a scroll gesture to move down the screen.
I had to upgrade BBM on my Torch, to make it run through the BB Bridge interface, but that seems to be working fine now.
It's pretty hard on battery life. I bought the dedicated stand-charger and it stays on this all night. My USB ports don't really give enough umph to charge the Playbook.
Overall, I am delighted. Minor bugs aside, and the web browser has a few, I think it offers exactly what I wanted. I didn't want an iPad, I wanted something more flexible. I didn't want Apps, but I did want access to pdf files. If this sounds like what you are after, then you won't be (too) disappointed either.
I fully expect the experience to improve in time