RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Review
BlackBerry PlayBook’s battery life is fairly respectable and we managed to get easily a solid day of normal usage from the time we woke up until the time our head hit the pillow for bed. Impressively enough, you can unplug it first thing in the morning and not worry for one bit during the entire day about battery life – it’s that good!
First and foremost, we need to commend RIM for crafting such a premium tablet while retaining that oh so firm pricing structure that’s increasingly appearing to be the golden mark at this point. Picking it up, there’s no arguing that RIM placed a lot of love in manufacturing this 7” tablet from the ground up – and it shows in nearly all aspects of its construction. Fairly compact and mobile, it’s almost nearly unimaginable to expect any good specs with this one, but impressively enough, there is just simply a treasure trove of high-end hardware to make you fully appreciate its muscle power.
However, good looks aren't always everything as we know, and fortunately for RIM, it seems like they’ve also placed some attention to their budding QNX based platform. Visually, it’s definitely one of the more responsive platforms, but it’s missing some opportunities in the personalization department to notably give it enough character over others out there. Then again, its surreal multi-tasking elements prove their worth in keeping it as a favorable candidate for any power user. Regardless, it’s still in the early stages of its infancy and we’d love to see how RIM capitalizes on some of the criticism to perfectly balance its capacity to be a well-rounded platform.
Ultimately though, pricing will always come to play in how well any tablet will compete in the market. Hitting the mark square in the face, the PlayBook’s $500 starting price positions it at a healthy place amongst the current stable. However, its value is dramatically decreased after finding out that there are some glaring omissions with it from the onset – like the lack of native calendar, contacts, and email apps. Come to think about it, we mainly found ourselves using the PlayBook for nothing more than web browsing and the occasional game every now and then. In fact, it doesn’t even come close to the functionality you’d get with even some of the most basic of Android tablets out there. Yes, we’re all confident that RIM will be addressing these concerns in the future, but it’s rather disconcerting to see that the platform isn’t quite at a version 1.0 stage, but rather, still in beta form at best. In the end, the PlayBook appears to be a bit overpriced for the amount of features you get out of it right out of the gates and you’re simply better off investing that money on something else – for now.
Software version of the reviewed unit: 126.96.36.1998
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Video Review:
- Solid construction
- Premium compact feel
- Brilliant looking display
- Responsive platform experience
- Lack of organizer apps and email client
- No video chat support
- Requires BlackBerry smartphone for some additional functionality
- A bit pricey for its set of features
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