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Take a tablet and call me in the morning
on 27 May 2011
The Blackberry Playbook is a neat little thing. Fits right in the inside pocket of at least some of my jackets. It has a smaller screen than most of its competitors, but the picture is bright and clear. The swipe interface menu takes some getting used to but it is ok. I hope subsequent software upgrades make this a bit smoother. It's not quite as easy to do as the I PAD.
The picture quality from the main camera is awesome - either HD or near-HD quality. I road tested this in Zion National Park in Utah and was blown away by the results.
Of course the big selling point for this tablet is the ability of the browser to use Flash, unlike a main competitor which does not allow it. That means you get to use the motion and graphics features of nearly every website. It also syncs with your Blackberry Smartphone so you can get all of your emails. More importantly, documents, including Adobe and Word open up like beautiful data butterflies and you don't have to squint to see them.
My battery lasts about 6 hours, mainly browsing web pages - pretty good.
The major downside for me so far is the relative lack of Apps on the Playbook. Those that are there don't quite have the sometimes wacky feel of those on I pad or Android devices. They are instead, limited in number and rather staid; there are few social networking APPs that don't look like they've been put together by a bishop- other than the obligatory Twitter and Facebook which (yawn) are pre-loaded.
Blackberry say that the Apps will increase in number and type. As for me, I am not going to throw out my yo-yo just yet.
So, is the Playbook worth getting? The plusses outweigh the minuses and it has heaps of potential. One for now, with the future in mind? Maybe decide in the morning....