RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

Verge Review

To say that the BlackBerry PlayBook — and a review of the PlayBook — is something of an anticipated event would be an understatement. From the first moment the tech community caught wind (and sight) of Research In Motion’s first foray into the tablet world, everyone seems to be on pins and needles. It’s not just that another company is making a charge at Apple’s iPad — it’s also that RIM has been in something of a bind lately. The once-unassailable company has watched marketshare slinking...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.4 inches
Weight 0.9 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 7 inches
Operating system QNX
Launch OS version 1.0
RAM size 1 GB

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 7.6 inches
Width 5.1 inches
Thickness 0.4 inches
Weight 0.9 pounds
Color Black
Speakers Stereo

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 7 inches
Technology LCD
Resolution (X) 1024 px
Resolution (Y) 600 px
PPI 170
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system QNX
Launch OS version 1.0
Notable apps Blackberry Bridge, Android app virtualization

Processor

Clock speed 1 GHz
Cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR

Front Camera

Effective pixels 3 megapixels
Video resolution 1080p

Rear Camera

Effective pixels 5 megapixels
Digital zoom 4 x
Focus type Fixed
Video resolution 1080p

Ports

Video out Yes
Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections Micro HDMI, Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Proximity, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 5300 mAh
Removable No
Quoted use time 11 hr

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8.0

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  • Software 7
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 7
  • Dock 8

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by M. Ryan Norris (Currently owns)

    I have the 64GB PlayBook that I purchased at a very decent price, and it's a fairly good tablet considering some of the very apparent flaws, such as low battery life compared with similar sized tablets, and a somewhat mediocre selection of applications in the BlackBerry App World.

    The hardware is very good and durable, the weight is not too bad, and the selection of first party accessories are plentiful and similarly well designed. The software (after a few updates) is now usable, although more updates are still needed, such as adding BlackBerry Messenger and better support for working with BlackBerry 10 devices.

    As is, the PlayBook is a decent device for audio / video playback, photo viewing, internet browsing, and very basic document creation.

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    Reviewed by mrhuson (Currently owns)

    Very fluid operating system. I stopped using our work iPad and utilize the playbook a lot more. It plays software a lot better and works well for multitasking. The great part is there are more great android based apps being added. iOS is great on a mobile device, but I find on a tablet it isn't as fluid as the Playbook OS. I like the simple gestures and moving from app to app. Lack of a home button is forgivable with the ease of use of the Playbook.

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    Reviewed by reinr8790 (Currently owns)

    The playbook is well designed tablet with a great screen and nice form factor. With the 2.0 update coming next year it will bring the app support that the tablet needs and also improve the already great browser. I will say that the browser on the playbook is the best flash I have ever seen on a mobile device.

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