Blackberry PlayBook Tablet Review
Blackberry’s foray into tablets has some bright spots, but a lot of issues as well.
If you handle your email accounts through Gmail or another web-based application, you're in luck: the browser handles all email, and you will have no issues with accessing your accounts. The keyboard used to handle composing of mail and documents is actually quite nice, as the keys get bigger when you touch them, so it's difficult to mistype.
There are also quite a few applications in the App World marketplace to give you new options for your email capabilities should you find that what's loaded on the PlayBook is insufficient. There's even a few dedicated email applications, though some cost as much as $20.
The browser of the PlayBook is fairly basic and lightweight, allowing basic internet surfing. The internal wireless card does eat up some battery, especially if it's searching for networks, so do be aware that this may be a concern if you're out in the city looking for a hotspot and leave your wireless on in the background.
Other than that, the web browsing experience is actually quite similar to that of the Xoom, as you can pinch to zoom, touch to scroll or click, and even load flash-laden pages (something the iPad cannot do). Overall, the PlayBook does a great job of handling web browsing.
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