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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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Conclusion

Performance

While the performance of the Blackberry PlayBook isn't stellar, the increased backlight performance is closer to what we'd look for with an LCD screen meant to go outside. The processor is adequately powered to handle the tasks that allow the Blackberry PlayBook to compete with other high-end tablets, and you should suffer no performance issues on the go.

Screen Performance

The screen of the Blackberry PlayBook is extremely bright for a tablet, but it allows for a little bit more leeway with visibility in higher-lighting conditions outdoors. The touch screen is extremely responsive, and those who have played with iPads or the Xoom before will be easily able to figure out their way around the Blackberry PlayBook.

Battery Life

The battery life of the Blackberry PlayBook is a little disapointing, but still squarely in the "average" territory; a tradeoff of having such a bright screen.

Ereader:

The eReader function of the Blackberry PlayBook is actually quite poor, even if it is the tried-and-true Borders app. Not being able to use the Kindle software or another reader absolutely hurts the Blackberry PlayBook, but not irreparably so: you can download third-party apps in the app world market.

Audio & Video:

The Blackberry PlayBook handles audio and video playback extremely well with support for a decent amount of formats. The battery life for each is fairly good, albeit unimpressive, but it should be sufficient for a commute.

Email & Web Browsing:

The PlayBook falls a little bit short when it comes to email and web browsing only in that the avenues for internet connectivity are a little more limited than competition with cellular network ties. Beyond that, it functions as well as you'd expect when there's a WiFi signal. That being said, the applications available to the PlayBook are a little lacking, but BlackBerry has the option and the ability to change this. We just don't know when and if that will happen.

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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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