RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (QNX 2.0)

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Reviewed by Gandalthewhite (Previously owned)

Although I may not be a developer, I managed to snag one of the free PlayBooks offered by RIM to app developers. I’ve been using it over the past couple of days, and can sum up the experience in one sentence: it is more powerful than the iPad, but not as usable. The multitasking power of the PlayBook is amazing. It runs on a TI OMAP 4 processor similar to the Galaxy Nexus. The OS is usually very smooth, and video playback looks great on the screen. Flash video plays just as smoothly as on my laptop, and I’ve run flash video in the background while running another app - and I can switch back and forth without a hint of lag. However, once you start using the PlayBook a bit more, you discover odd slowdowns and sluggishness that doesn’t fit the tablet’s hardware. Some system menus struggle to scroll, and while web browsing is usually a slick experience, it tends to reload a lot as you scroll around and zoom in. Yes, app selection is a problem. What’s the use of amazing multitasking if you have no apps to multitask? RIM, your YouTube app is fairly horrendous. Just saying. The apps that are available and good, such as Asphalt 6, run fast and look great. The rear camera is fairly blurry, though colors are represented well enough. Video recording is better than the picture taking. 1080p for the win! The virtual keyboard is quite excellent, and I’m writing the entirety of the review on the tablet. In conclusion, the PlayBook is fun and fast until you run out of apps to amuse yourself with. However, if you hate apps or intend to type on it a lot, the PlayBook is the $200 tablet for you.

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