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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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Reading Books

Because the Blackberry PlayBook relies on Borders' Kobo application, users of other tablets with an app store will be familiar with the controls: flick or tap to turn the pages, etc. the tablet can read books in either orientation, and can change on the fly. There are few surprises, and in fact the biggest one we came across has more to do with the fact that you can't install an app for Kindle software than anything wrong with the Borders app.

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If you have.pdf files, the Blackberry PlayBook has a version of Adobe Reader installed on your device, allowing the use of that interface to read the common file format. Unfortunately, the marriage to the Borders software may require an update, as the chain recently announced their decision to close all of their stores. It's unclear at the moment if that means that their eBook store will go under too, or if that will limp along throughout the chapter 11 bankruptcy of the book giant.

Buying Books

In the meantime, if you decide to purchase a book through the Borders app, you'll have no issues navigating their clean interface. All you have to do after finding the title you want (after you've made an account complete with billing info) is to tap the download button and you begin downloading your book in the background. If you'd like to see the progress, however, you can simply go into your library and watch the small progress bar.

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eBook Formats

Because of the onboard file formats are somewhat limited in terms of eBooks, you will have to hunt around the app store if you want to read a different format, or use the free Calibre eBook conversion software. The ePub reader currently retails for $2.99 in BlackBerry's app market.

Newspapers & Magazines

Because the Blackberry PlayBook has somewhat married itself to the Borders eBook store, you can access their library of newspapers and magazines for the same rates that you see on any other tablet that has access to the dying company's service.

eBook Battery Life

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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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