When we reviewed the BlackBerry PlayBook back in April, we couldn’t help feeling the device’s insides didn’t match its outsides. The PlayBook is a well-built, good-looking device, but its software was buggy, frustrating, and frankly unfinished. There was no email or calendar app (yes, really), and few apps of any kind to speak of.

PlayBook 2.0, a software update released this week, is RIM’s attempt to solve many of those problems. It adds email, calendar, and contact apps, finally making the PlayBook a functional standalone device — before, if you didn’t have a BlackBerry to connect to the PlayBook, there wasn’t much you could do with your tablet. Version 2.0 also brings compatibility with some Android apps, which is much needed for a device with few good apps to speak of. There are also some interface tweaks and enhancements, plus a lot of productivity boosts from the Docs to Go suite of apps. This update has been in the works for a long time, and other manufacturers haven’t been standing still either — does PlayBook 2.0 catch up to the tablet field? Read on to find out.

Note: Since the PlayBook's hardware hasn't changed, this review focuses only on the new software. Check out our original BlackBerry PlayBook review to see how we felt about the PlayBook's hardware.