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4.0 out of 5 stars Playbook review, 13 May 2011
I bought one of these in the US when I was there a couple of weeks ago.

I wanted two things

Objective 1. An ability to link in with my blackberry so that I could work and review documents (Word, excel, powerpoint and PDF) more effectively with a bigger screen. This it does well through the blue tooth 'Blackberry Bridge' which takes data from my blackberry and displays it on the playbook screen. Cut off the bridge and all your data goes away from the playbook - so it is pretty secure. It is really easy to link it up to other people's blackberries too - by downloading the bridge app from Blackberry App store which is free.

Conclusion - The playbook does this well though sometimes the link is slow to update new emails coming in

Objective 2. I wanted a pad that would deal with flash on websites - this was the main reason i hadn't bought a Ipad 1 or 2

Conclusion - The playbook does this well and unlike other reviewers I haven't come across any issues with the web browser

Other features I like

- no monthly fees because there is no phone chip in the Playbook - if you don't have a wifi connection to hand - then it can browse using your blackberry's connection through the bridge browser or by tethering to your phone of any brand through bluetooth (if your phone can do that)
- half the physical size of the Ipad
- good battery life - eight hours
- Great screen and ability to use mini-HDMI cable to connect to a much bigger screen
- you can tether it to any phone with a bluetooth connnection - not just a blackberry

Work in progress - this tablet has yet to reach its full potential and still needs

- it doesn't matter to me as I have a blackberry to give me email, calender and contacts - but none of these are yet available on the machine unless the bridge is in operation - but they are needed if it is going to appeal more widely.
- Skype is coming
- Android App ability is coming in the next six weeks - which will open up the tablet and make it competitive with the Android and Ipad tablets.

Summary - I like it - but still a work in progress
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