Top critical review
3 people found this helpful
Quality product, rip-off price
on 21 June 2013
Ok, let's get this out of the way. Since the PlayBook was heavily discounted late last year, it has sold in phenomenal quantities. Being a Blackberry product, buyers know they are getting the best build quality and security, and some of the best features, of any tablet at any price. The fact that developers chose not to release apps for it, and those that are available are much more expensive than their Ios and android equivalents, is not the fault of BlackBerry or the PlayBook.
What really grates though, is that while other territories are reducing PlayBook accessories to clearance prices, including Amazon's US site, prices in the UK still command a premium. Welcome to rip-off Britain.
Now, about the charger. As it is a genuine blackberry accessory, you know it is going to be top class. The PlayBook sits on the groove at the front and a magnetic coupling holds the PlayBook securely in place while it charges. It's as simple as that. But what makes it so appealing is that it can fully charge the PlayBook in less than half the time it takes the one included with the PlayBook. And you can use it to read books, watch videos or whatever else you fancy, while its charging. What you can't do, and this is a serious design flaw by BlackBerry, is connect the PlayBook to your tv by hdmi cable, or to your pc by usb, while its on the stand. Seriously BlackBerry? For that, you can buy the cheaper, but still overpriced, rapid travel charger.
Many, myself included, would say that this charger should have been supplied with the PlayBook instead of the one that is, which takes around 8 hours to fully charge and you can't use the PlayBook for anything battery intensive, like web browsing, videos, music etc, while it charges.
The rapid charging stand/dock/pod comes in one colour, black, but it is a high gloss piano black, which makes it look like an expensive (which it is) piece of kit. You won't be embarrassed to leave it sitting about when visitors call, that's for sure.
So 4 out of 5 for quality and charging power. 0 out of 5 for price and design.