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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than an IPAD in many respects, 30 Dec. 2011
This review is from: BlackBerry PlayBook - Tablet - 32 GB - 7" TFT ( 1024 x 600 ) - rear camera + front camera - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (Personal Computers)
I think the BlackBerry Playbook is absolutely fantastic. The build and quality is superb and the BlackBerry O/S is slick and makes the Playbook such an enjoyable experience and a breeze to use. It takes only a few minutes to get up and running compared with so many tablets in the same price bracket that are frustrating to use. The Playbook has no home button, just a simple swipe down to bring up options or close an applciation and a swipe up to bring up menu options. The multi tasking is a horizontal swipe and its ability to run apps in the background like this beats the IPAD hands down. It is just so much more easy to use and is smarter in terms of interface design. You can see BlackBerry have spent a lot of time and effort designing the O/S. The Playbook also comes with a front and back camera built in as standard (5mb and 3MB). The Playbook screen resolution is 1024 x 600 and is clear, the colours are vibrant and watching films is a joy and in par with the iPAD, if not better.

I have changed my revie from 5 to 3 stars after reading my review a few months later. Why? Device is short on apps and too expensive when compared to other devices. Blackberry have still not brought out email client despite announcement. No Skype either. What's the point of front and rear web cam then? Poor Blackberry development really let the product down. Appears they have a good device but do not care about customers.

Good points
Good quality screen
Slick O/S design makes working on the tablet quick and an absolute pleasure to use.
Built in cameras are 5MB and 3MB and provide more than you need.
Web access is quicker than most tablets out there.
Built in Flash.
Very responsive.
Excellent built keyboard and overall functionality.

Bad points
Applications are not as plentiful as either Andriod or Apple Store.
Applications slightly more expensive than other devices but you can actually download Android apps as well as shown on Youtube. I have yet to do this
Web Access sometimes crashes. No doubt they will provide a firmware to fix this in the future. The Amazon Kindle also had issues with the devices crashing (just look it up on the web) but this did not put people off so a minor issue
No built SD card so you are stuck with the tablet (16, 32 and 64GB only). a big shame in my opinion but Apple did the same with the iPAD.
Battery life could be better I suppose. 8 hours.

When the BlackBerry Playbook came out it did not sell as well as expected but I think this is because they priced the device the same as an iPAD. However, the iPAD has a 9.7" screen compared to the Playbook's 7" screen which works for a lot of people (although 7" is fine in my opnion). I think it was the apple Store that really made the BlackBerry Playbook not sell though as Apple have millions of apps and ther BlackBerry is still playing catch up... big time. I am hoping BlackBerry continue with bringing out more apps as I think they really have a fantastic device but just lacking in application downloads in comparison which is a shame.

Avoid cheap Android tablets in my opinion. Believe me because I bought the Android 70 IT and had to take it back as it was a toy and had an awful O/S and the build quailtiy was very poor for the same money. BlackBerry Playbooks have dropped down in price significantly so for your money it is the best tablet to buy right now in my opinion.

For those waiting for the Kindle Fire it compares well with the Playbook but comes with 8GB storage although you can keep stuff in the cload but it comes with no camera and I'd be interested to see how it compares when it ships to the UK.
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