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Blackberry PlayBook Tablet Review

Blackberry’s foray into tablets has some bright spots, but a lot of issues as well.

July 24, 2011
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Controls

The vast majority of the controls for the Blackberry PlayBook are only accessible via the touch interface of the unit itself, which isn't a bad thing, but for those who like a backup in case something goes wrong, this may be a tiny bit worrying. Still, the touch controls themselves are intuitive, and not difficult to get the hang of once you start using your tablet.

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On the top of the tablet itself are volume control buttons, as well as a play/stop button for media. It isn't a lot, but it's more than enough all things considered.

Connectivity

Much of the Blackberry PlayBook 's connectivity options lie in the device's ability to connect to other devices via its onboard 802.11/n wireless connection. Not only can you use WiFi signals wherever you find an available one, but if you're left high and dry without a WiFi signal, and you HAVE to get online RIGHT NOW you can tether your tablet to your Blackberry and use the cell signal as a connection. You'll demolish your battery life if you use 4G to do this, but it's a nice thing to have in emergencies.

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Battery Life

Considering the PlayBook has a decently bright backlight, it's not surprising that battery life suffers a bit, but it actually doesn't do too badly. While the PlayBook can play audio continuously over 24 hours, it can play video for over 8 hours, but it only lasts just over 6 hours when reading an eBook. This may frustrate users on extended trips or those unable to get to their charger, but the PlayBook has enough battery life to sustain constant use for a good period of time.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Motorola Xoom Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  12. Samsung Galaxy Tab (T-Mobile) Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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