BlackBerry PlayBook Unboxing

BlackBerry PlayBook Unboxing
Despite the tumultuous atmosphere surrounding their smartphone business, RIM is full steam ahead in the tablet world as they embark on a new voyage with their “professional tablet” in the BlackBerry PlayBook. Going on sale starting on April 19th through a variety of retailers, you can expect to fetch one for as low as $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model.

Much like many other compelling gadgets, we’re always filled with joy and anticipation when receiving something that’s different from the norm – and it’s most certainly true with this one. For something g that’s regarded as being compact and manageable, thanks to its 7” touchscreen, we’re surprised to say the least that there is a good amount of packaging material needed to keep the prized tablet at bay. And rightfully so, our attention is placed squarely on the accurately life-sized image of the colorful PlayBook gracing its retail box, while in the rear, it simply breaks down the contents and requirements.

Inside, we’re treated to usual culprit of included accessories – such as the microUSB cable, wall charger, and packets of documentation. However, we’re glad to see that RIM has somehow also included a neoprene like slip cover to perfectly envelop the tablet as you carry it around. Moreover, they also package in a microfiber wiping cloth for good measure to keep its 7” display shiny and new – albeit, we do adore its choice of utilizing a soft touch rear cover to better repel debris.

Turning on this bundle of joy for the very first time, some might be shocked to find that you won’t be able to get right into the device without connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot at first – which is clearly stated in the back of the box. And if you haven’t used a BlackBerry device beforehand, you’ll still need to sign up to get a BlackBerry ID. And once that’s all squared away, we’re finally able to experience the entirely new QNX based platform. Check out the video below to see all the ceremonial unboxing experience.

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1. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Next Artical should read.... "BlackBerry Playbook reboxed and returned for a better device"

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

How smooth is that interface! Even the iPad 2 isnt that smooth! I think once they incorporate 3G and POP mail without having to tether to a blackberry phone, it will be sweet!

2. Xpple unregistered

I like the PlayBook--I much prefer this "utilitarian" design over apple's feminine designs. I like the look and I think the OS is great especially the gestures and multitasking features. I really think RIM should license out this OS--It looks like the best OS for a tablet. . . I think it added to WebOS and took the best of WebOS. Now if I could get it in a form factor like the Asus Transformer.

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Are you fucking serious? Unless you have a Blackberry, you can't even do email...or calendars...or contacts on the thing. I seriously wanted this thing to be amazing, but RIM is rushing this to market saying key features "are coming in the future." How about they save it until then...?

6. vzwbb21

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2010

maybe so...but if you have a phone that has DUN, you can still use your phone as a tethering device to access the internet on your playbook

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

so you're one of the apple sheeple hanging around at a wifi hotspot to check your emails then. I dunno about you, but I only use my smartphone really to check email, as I will always have access to ti, its no real loss that full email integration isnt built in to the device if its a wifi only device at the time. On top of that, the only reason "apps" existed for stuffl ike this in the first place is because of the shortcomings of these types of devices vs computers (low specs, low resolution, a pain in the butt to use web based apps like email), but now the specs and resolution are comparable to netbooks, the apps aren't really a necessity anymore.

10. vzwbb21

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2010

no im not, im just saying that you can you any phone with a DUN to connect to the playbook, that is all

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am sorry but pound for pound the Asus Eee Transformer is the ultimate tablet right now. The specs, the price, & quality is all great. Asus is one of the best motherboard makers since the 90's & has a lot of cred in the business world. I have yet to see something of such quality for that price point. Plus the laptop dock is only $179.00, you just can't beat that. I can't wait for the end of this month so I can have one of my own. RIM could have had something special in the playbook, but why get something now & wait for the other features down the road. It looks incomplete. It just makes no sense! I also wanted this to be amazing too.

12. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

are you out of your mind? Have you seen the youtube demos of it???? Its fucking laggy as hell. No way. All Asus Eees are a waste of $$

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Considering the "practical knowledge" that RIM gets from this Playbook is supposed to be the development base for OS7 and the QNX tech in the devices they put on the market within the next two years, I cannot imagine how damaging it will be to Blackberry if it is a bomb.

13. IOS5 unregistered

its a nice looking tab with the best smoothest browser that supporting full flash 10.2 and fabulos multitasking with a very good camera thats all about it sorry BB fan still ipad 2 the best even though xoom still better but i still like that tab.

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