Product Type: Blackberry Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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A black mirror indeed.
Member Name: miwa
Date: 10/12/12, updated on 10/06/13 (46 review reads)
Advantages: Easy access, nice design, lots of features
Disadvantages: Seems defunct and gimmicky in retrospect
This Christmas there has been one item on the top of everyone's list: a tablet. My mother feels left out withone, my hairdresser is buying one for his daughter and my 10 year old cousin has requested one from Santa - but are they really worth it?
Tablets are not new technology. They've been around for years, but it's only recently that they have been priced reasonably enough to afford (unless you're the type that has iThis and iThat, in which case, you have an iPad). Indeed, this item is going around the shops at around £130, which is only a little more than a Kobo or a Kindle.
Tablets have obvious advantages over a desktop (and even a laptop); they are portable and dynamic and they make you feel kind of cool likes James Bond. However, so does the average smartphone, and there is little a Blackberry Playbook can do that your Blackberry can't (or iPhone, or Android phone, or Galaxy Nexus phone...) - from taking photographs to playing games to reading books.
Considering that there are some disadvanges to add along to this delicious recipe, like the extra knob of butter you don't want to think about, or why there must be so much salt when you make brownies, it may cause you to reconsider.
The main disadvantage is power. A Playbook simply cannot multitask operations as a laptop would - meaning you can't listen to music on Youtube while you write up a quick review for Dooyoo, lounging in a jacuzzi full of cherry cola while manservants feed you samosas, as indeed every Dooyoo reviewer does (and I am doing right now). Going about checking emails or Facebook, my Playbook generates a lot of heat, and is in effect, a bloody expensive handwarmer. However, battery life is surprisingly good. I leave my Playbook on standby so that I can instantly access everything as soon as I need it, as opposed to waiting for my old faithful laptop to load, and even factoring in that aspect, I only need to leave my Playbook on charge for a few hours a week. The screen is also HD, great for zooming in on facial abnormalities of friends in Facebook photos. The 'pinch' technology is great for this, and I would go so far to say that the touchscreen technology is kid-friendly.
So...to buy or not to buy? Considering the new Kindle Fire has everything a Playbook has and cheaper, I would say opt for that instead. But ask yourself, if you have a smartphone and a laptop, do you really need this expensive new gadget? Is the novelty of playing Tetris on the toilet really worth that much?
Summary: Buy the Kindle Fire instead
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