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This is a good tablet. There are however some *quirks* when you have a Blackberry playbook that you quickly come to terms with.
Generally, I just use this as what I like to phrase as 'the imdb machine' - you know when you're watching TV and want to know who so-and-so off of thingy is? I look it up on the playbook. And sometimes I play Tetris. Because, you know, Tetris.
There are issues here though. Some websites just don't work well. The pick of apps (particularly free ones) is limited. Youtube for some reason hates the Blackberry Playbook with a passion. And there was that unforgettable month where everything on screen was in Polish. I don't speak Polish - so wasn't best pleased. My brother eventually fixed it, though he's not sure how he did it. If you let it run out of charge, it *really* dies - don't leave it without charge for long. If it's part-way out of charge, it starts making little magical pixie noises. Sometimes it feels the need to start playing music you didn't download to itself; I don't know why. It also doesn't have a USB port - which, to me, is one of the major flaws with the design.
For general surfing and faffing about though, it's pretty cool. The touchscreen is relatively easy to use. It has a front and back camera which you can use for pictures or short video clips. It's quite small so you can fit in a handbag or backpack, and it feels quite nice to hold. Some issues then, but generally a good little workhorse of a tablet.
This tablet is good value for money and useful particularly for business- as most Blackberry products. However as recent as it is, you would expect to be able to expand the storage through a micro SD slot- which it hasn''t got. Clearly this is a cheap attempt to encourage customers to purchase the more expensive 64GB version. The screen is very clear and the colors are vivid. The touchscreen sensitivity is spot on. I love the Blackberry OS, it is very professional and easy to use, however there is the issue of not having many apps- particularly the popular ones made accessible to Android and Apple users- but there are ways around this for those with basic computer knowledge. I have suffered with the popular problem of faults developing with the power supply on the tablet. Blackberry have placed a secondary charging slot right beneath the logo- which does not break as the lead is placed in magnetically. This "rapid charge" is very effective, and, as the name suggests, rapid. The battery life is great- I use this tablet for reading books on the bus while listening to music or even watching movies (though it cannot hold too much) Sometimes I won''t have to charge it for a week. It would probably last about 10 hours heavy use. Any faults I have found with this tablet I have worked around. However I am planning on selling it and buying another one, as the lack of an SD slot is incredibly annoying and a compelte dealbreaker for me.
As a Christmas present to my two daughters, aged 13 and 16, my wife and I decided to purchase a tablet for them however we couldn't agree on which was best;
In the red corner... was my wife, wanting to buy a Kindle Fire as it was £30 cheaper than than the Blackberry Playbook, and because she felt that the books on the Kindle would be better as Amazon had prior to this made e-readers.
And in the blue corner... was me, who desperately preferred the Blackberry Playbook, as I knew more about the brand and thought that the Blackberry would have a much larger variety of apps than the Amazon Kindle.
So... we bought both the Blackberry Playbook and the Kindle Fire.
And I've been left battered and bruised and on the verge of a knockout as the Blackberry Playbook has failed to match up to the Kindle in many departments.
1) The Blackberry Playbook takes an age to come on, and you are sitting waiting for over five minutes before the screen eventually loads up and allows you to start using it. However on the plus side, the Playbook does allow you to choose the option of putting the device on Stand-by therefore, allowing yourself to not have to turn the device back on and wait another age and save battery at the same time.
2) The Blackberry Playbook, runs on a Android operating system and I have been extremely disappointed with the amount of apps available to download, especially the lack of games, and my daughter's often find it difficult to find any interesting new games to play. However the music apps are good, and one which we have found allows you to download fairly current songs for free and the Playbook does hold a lot of songs.
3)A lot of the apps, including the internet browser take a very long time to load up and open and I have often experienced the games suddenly crashing on me and the screen has also been unresponsive sometimes.
4) The start-up process was longer and more tedious.
However, the Blackberry Playbook does have a fairly long-lasting battery life and charges very easily, with a charger included and a little case with the Blackberry Playbook, which we purchased for £129, with a 5 year guarantee, which is a fairly reasonable price for a fairly average tablet device. The display is bright and good and one of the really good things is that you can have sort of tabs open so you can have more than one games for instance open at one and then switch between the two. Also, the Playbook is slim, lightweight and portable and easily connects to the wifi at home.
The Blackberry Playbook is a not bad tablet, at a not bad price however it is not as good as other tablets because I was left a little disappointed by the lack of decent apps and the slow processing speed.
I bought the blackberry playbook last year as it was a good looking budget tablet, but was disappointed by the range of apps it had to offer. When trying to download skype I found out skype was unsupported by blackberry and I was required to use web based version of skype called IMO. I then done a little bit of googleing and I found out that developers are no longer making apps for the playbook, and most of the apps that the app store do offer are at an additional cost.
When comparing the playbook to the google nexus, the nexus seems to be much lighter and offers a wider range of apps. I don't think I would recommend the playbook to a friend as but it is limited to surfing the web, and checking emails. If checking your facebook status is all you want to do then you will not run into any issues. Its only when you want to do more with your tablet you will be disappointed.
However the playbook does have some positives such as the micro HDMI port allowing you to connect the device to an external monitor. Also if you own a blackberry mobile then there is an option to sync both devices and tether the playbook from your mobiles internet.
Boxed well & easy to setup on both pc & mac., it has 16gb of storage with no sd card slot., 1.0ghz cpu & 1gb ram., which is fast enough for browsing the internet & watching videos or playing games on.,email on the playbook is very easy & fast using the on screen keyboard, can add attatchments with ease & if you setup your facebook account it will also sync your facebook contacts details with the built in address book making keeping upto date with your friends a joy & with a optional micro hdmi cable you can connect it to your hd tv & use it as a media player to show off the pictures you've taken with the built in camera or watch a few videos etc., mine is the wifi version but you can get a wifi+celluler version too which will cost a bit more but theres lots of free wifi hotspots out there around town etc., it comes with some pre-installed apps such as facebook., file manager., video calling (to other playbooks), kobo book reader, & lots more plus blackberrys own appworld., & if you have a blackberry phone then the 2 can sync together & allow the playbook to use the phones internet connection if need to., have a look on uk.blackberry.com for more information on that., it comes with a slim case but I would recommend shopping for a better protective case to protect the screen from scratches., I have mine in a faux leather foldable case which includes a stand., installing the blackberry desktop software only took a few mins & my playbook was updated & ready to use in just under a hour from unboxing it battery life is excellent & I can easily get a full day out of it, all in all it's a great tablet pc & a joy to use the software is very intuitive & doesn't take long to get used to even if your new to blackberry
I own a BlackBerry smartphone which I love, and I raised my eye brows on the news of them realising a tablet - a mobile device with the power of a net book. After reading endless specifications online, I was attracted to the free pairing software between BlackBerry smartphone and the Blackberry Playbook, which enabled me to use all programs and apps which I had on my smartphone on my Playbook, this includes contacts, BlackBerry Messenger, emails, photo's, music, you name it.
I trust the Blackberry brand, that's why I chose the PlayBook over the iPad, I think the iPad is too commercialised, whereas I don't think BlackBerry are. Another useful factor with regards to the Playbook is that it runs Flash Player, which in my eyes blew any competition out of the water. The graphics are amazing, and the games are top notch. The app store is full of games and apps made specifically for this system, which are opened and closed within a blink.
The vast amount of accessories available online for the PlayBook also impressed me, BlackBerry have eveb created an official keyboard for the product, which makes typing documents faster and at ease.
I bought my husband the 16 GB playbook for christmas and after reading some reviews online when I got it home, I was worried about it! However, it's great to be able to say that we haven't been dissapointed! :D
The playbook looks great; it's sleek, slim, and with it's 8 inch screen it's holdable in just the one hand, making it much easier to use in public without looking awkward. The interface is professional looking and it opens applications quickly and smoothly; and even has the ability to run apps side-by-side so you can switch between them at any point, which is great when you need to do a couple things at once!
It has two cameras, front and back, and both are very high quality (although in artificial light it can be a little bit fuzzy, and the camera does lag a bit and takes the photo a couple seconds after you've pressed the button!) and the video recording quality is crisp and clean; we've taken some lovely home videos of our little boy on it.
The only downside is that if you're not already a blackberry smartphone user then there's no email client; yet you can access your emails via the web browser anyway, so it's not that big a deal.
If you can get it on sale (and I think it's going for about £170 in the January sales!) then it's a much cheaper, decent alternative to the iPad. I paid £300 for it and still think it was worth every penny. You won't regret it!
When this device first came on the market, I was very excited to try it out, as i had wanted an iPad, but felt it too big for carrying around. I bought my PlayBook about 5 months ago now for £250 and i have to say i do regret spending that money.
The device its self is stunning, sleek and small, with an amazingly responsive touchscreen.
It features 2 cameras, a front and a rear-facing one, both of which are perfect in good light conditions, and a little grainy in darker conditions.
Browsing on this device is a dream - it plays flash unlike the iPad - and loads quickly. When using a feature called BlackBerry Bridge, i can use bluetooth to pair it with my BlackBerry Torch, and use the internet even when I'm not using wifi.
BlackBerry bridge also enables you to use BBM and email on the device, and look at files from your phone. This is good for some quick editing, and the device is lovely to type on.
This is also a drawback however, as email is not actually stored on the Playbook to ensure safety of information, meaning that without the bridge, one must use the internet to access email.
There are lots of apps available for the PlayBook, more than for BlackBerry phones, but by far not as many as available for the iPad.
The media player is exceedingly good, and movies are clear and crisp. The native Kobo e reader app is also a valuable addition, and some free books are available.
Navigating around the PlayBook is a dream, with natural feeling sweeping moves to control the apps, and the multitasking on the PlayBook is phenomenal.
The battery life of this device is also quite good, and i can leave it dormant but on for a few days and the battery does not totally run out.
The reason why i do not feel that this is a good buy for me is that it is surplus to requirements - i have a MacBook Pro and the only time that my Playbook is better than my MBP is when I'm out and about and i do not travel very often. If you are a person who travels though, this would be a great investment.