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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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Screen

Much like the iPad and the Blackberry PlayBook 's Android-running competitors, the PlayBook employs an LCD screen that is prone to certain shortcomings that the screen technology has suffered form in the past, like poor performance in direct light and being highly reflective. However, the Blackberry PlayBook does have a higher DPI than similar tablets so you should not be left wanting for a better resolution, even if it only sports 1024 by 600 pixels.

The Blackberry PlayBook 's user interface is touch based, and those used to the iPad's touch controls will find the PlayBook easy to operate, save for a few non-screen related issues. As an unintended consequence, the Blackberry PlayBook 's screen easily accumulates skin oil and grease, as your grubby paws are all over the screen as a necessity to operate the unit, so you may find yourself wiping it down more often than say, a dedicated eReader.

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Indoor & Outdoor Use

While tablets are very portable and easy to use on the go, usually LCD-screened tablets do not fare so well in lighting conditions more intense than a dimly-lit room. Add the fact that LCD screens are typically much more reflective than those of eInk screened tablets, and you typically see LCD screens underperform outdoors on anything but an overcast or stormy day.

What sets the PlayBook apart is it's insanely-high peak brightness of 513 cd/m2, which gives it a bit of a boost to usability outside, but it's still no match for bright sunlight. Still, you shouldn't need to fear a well-lit room or siting on a park bench with this tablet, as it should be bright enough to withstand some use outside.

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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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