Blackberry PlayBook Tablet Review

BlackBerry has become a blaze in both consumer and business markets. So, here is a review on the new BlackBerry Playbook Tablet.
Blackberry Playbook Tablet Review

Playbook Features at a Glance: 

Firstly I would like to list down its specifications and features to give you a brief overview:

  • 7-inch capacitive display with 1024×600 WSVGA resolution
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS called QNX
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
  • Dual cameras
  • 5MP at rear
  • 3MP at front for video calling
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support
  • HDMI out
  • Internal storage of 16, 32 and 64 GB depending on models

Operating System in Blackberry Playbook:

The power behind BlackBerry PlayBook is the new operating system called QNX. QNX in itself comes with very diverse features like facility to bridge to a BlackBerry Phone for a secured email connection. It really gives it an edge over IPAD2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab as its quite fast on its 1 GHz Dual Core Processor. Muti-tasking feature, where you can run a video in one window and play a game in another window with both applications running simultaneously, really looks like the icing on the cake.

Tethering Feature in Blackberry Playbook:

BlackBerry also adds the tethering feature to sync email and use the PlayBook as a larger external display for a BlackBerry smartphone . To be honest, the PlayBook, tethering with a BlackBerry smartphone isn’t just a feature, it’s a necessity. The initial PlayBook models will only be equipped with Wi-Fi, and will be unable to sync data with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) at all. So please check this out at the store if you are going to buy it.

You will be shocked to know that the PlayBook doesn’t do email. Using BlackBerry Bridge to tether the PlayBook with a BlackBerry smartphone will allow some email functionality by enabling the smartphone connection with BES to pass through to the tablet. As for email outside of BES, you have to use the Web to logging into Outlook Web Access. So for business users email feature is a severe handicap.

Android Support for Blackberry Playbook:

BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to run Android apps. However, the Android apps won’t run natively this in turn might lead to performance issues. The Android apps will run in a separate environment within an app player which can be downloaded from BlackBerry App World. The PlayBook will also run BlackBerry apps.

Android Support for Blackberry Playbook

File Storage In Blackberry Playbook:

Coming to File storage capabilities, BlackBerry PlayBook supports an HDMI connection for playing 1080p video and a professional interface makes it really interesting. However unfortunately, the overall experience can’t compete with either iPad 2 or Xoom it’s mostly because of the price factor. You might be shocked to know that the price of BlackBerry Playbook and iPAD2 is almost same.

Personal Comments:

The seven inch tablet might be a virtue as it is lighter and easier to work with one-hand but these features come at price of sacrificing display size.

I would like to provide an analogy here, let’s say you go to a restaurant to order a Pizza. However, after checking out the menu you find out that the Large Size Pizza is of the same price as a Medium sized one. So what would you prefer?? I am sure you are gonna prefer the large one. :)

To sum up I will suggest that if you don’t have a BlackBerry smartphone, don’t even think about getting a PlayBook tablet.



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