BlackBerry - PlayBook Tablet with 32GB Memory
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BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet operating system
Allows you to stay connected and productive on the go.
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n network
For Internet capability on the go (additional fees may apply).
7" HD capacitive screen with multi-touch
With 1024 x 600 resolution for clear viewing of photos, videos and more.
32GB internal memory
Allows you to store media.
With Codex support for media playback, creation and video calling.
3.0MP high-definition forward-facing camera
Along with a 5.0MP high-definition rear-facing camera for capturing special moments on the go.
Micro USB port
For an easy connection to your computer. Micro HDMI port for connection to an HDTV.
Allows you to pair the device with a Bluetooth-enabled BlackBerry mobile phone for access to Push technology, e-mail, calendar, BBM, tasks, documents and more. Also features BlackBerry security and data efficiency.
when connected through your BlackBerry Bridge can you access corporate BIS e-mail via your handheld on PlayBook.
All POP e-mail services (Hotmail, Gmail, Ymail, etc.) are available on PlayBook through icons/apps on the desktop or directly through the Internet.
- BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
- Owner's manual
- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Storage Capacity32GB
- SD Card SlotNo
- Adobe Flash CompatibleYes
- Front Facing Webcam Pixels3.0MP
- Digital CameraYes
- Digital Camera Pixels5.0MP
- Wi-Fi Built InYes
- HDMI OutputYes
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Operating System PlatformBlackBerry
Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 81 reviews(81 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great display for my creative photo journals.Posted .
As a Creative Writer Photo Journalist, at www.cwpgl.com, the new BlackBerry PlayBook, with 32GB's or more, is the perfect and most logical presentation for my extensive media photo journals and galleries, i.e., that will be readily viewed by many clients, in searching for and selecting the perfect image for their immediate needs and exclusive publications. My Congratulations to the BlackBerry team for the development and marketing of a great product for the professional media journalist and their publishers. JLI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
If you have a Blackberry Phone, it's a no brainerPosted .
With the current price cut the Playbook is a no brainer for blackberry phone owners. The playbook integrates pretty seamlessly with blackberry phones through the "bridge" application and all your email attachments and such are far easier to view, There is a "bridge browser" which, if you're not on AT&T, let's you surf over the internet using your blackberry data link without needing to sign up for tethering. Since the data is over the blackberry secure network it's too slow for video/music streaming and the like, but in a pinch it's good to have. The regular browser over wifi is excellent. The screen is shocking clear, the device is relatively fast. When they say you get a "full internet Browser" they mean it! I’ve been streaming TV shows from the websites for a few networks with no issues at all. Unfortunately no Hulu or Netflix, but again the major networks, YouTube rentals and even Amazon pretty darn good. With Amazon however you have the same problem with ending up with a letter box display despite the resolution #Roku, which I also have, has the same issue with amazon on demand# Honestly the browser on my playbook gives me fewer issues than using chrome or safari on my laptop. The front facing camera is pretty useless as Skype is not available. You can video chat with other Playbook owners. Rear camera is ok cell phone quality. I'll be honest, the main reason I got this is that reading business email on a blackberry phone, and phone really, is hard. This is an elegant solution for Blackberry users. This is far more portable than an IPad which I find you need to treat more like a laptop if you want to take it with you. Everything else the playbook does over and above being a companion device to my phone is just a bonus in my book. It's not as easy to use as the Kindle Fire, but it's more powerful and runs faster. If you’re committed the all things Amazon get the kindle fire, if you’re a little more experimental with your devices get this instead. RIM, the makers of blackberry products, promises major updates and an "android player" that will basically allow a limited number of android apps to run on the playbook, However it's hard to gauge if that will happen as they are aiming for a February release date. Still at the current price, for Blackerry phone owners this is a compelling option.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Not a Half Baked Tablet as the Analysts Say.....Posted .
Before buying the playbook, I looked at the Motorola Xoom, Galaxy Tab, Ipad2 and the Playbook for several hours at Best Buy over a couple of days. What really sold me on the the Playbook was the interface and the fact that I can multi-task like crazy and not crash. Three months later i'm still happy with, it has to be the most solid device ever, the QNX operating system is solid and can't wait for RIMM to put that out on their cell phones later this year. After using a few months, here are some observations: - Browser is excellent. some sites though detect the playbook as a mobile browser and default to a mobile browser. You will need to go to the desktop link on the site. You can run very intense flash heavy sites. I showed this to a couple of colleagues at work who have Ipad's and took me to the most intensive flash sites that they couldn't access properly on the Ipad, - Battery: is decent i can get a day to a day and half if i'm lucky. I did use it on a flight recently from Newark to Las Vegas and watched movies on it. I had 40% battery life at the end of the flight. E-Mail: Yes i know all the analysts are harping about the lack of e-mail and it's not THAT bad. BBM is nice on the Playbook and I can type faster than on the Storm2. I did have a problem with the e-mail client a few weeks after I got it in which it got corrupted (it kept flashing grey & white) RIMM's solution was to do a security wipe and had to re install all my data.,.. Yikes.. Office - Rim features Documents to Go by Dataviz a Microsoft compatible Office featuring Word, Excel and Powerpoint. I've tried the Word and Excel and use it quite a bit. I haven't tried Powerpoint it's more for viewing presentations. Apps- While the Blackberry World lacks what Ipad2 offers over quantity of apps. The past few months I've seen an improvement on the quantity of the apps. It should improve when RIMM releases their android player sometime this summer. Multimedia - For a business tablet this tablet features good multimedia. I ripped a couple of movies from DVD Fab using the Storm2 format and watched them on a plane ride. the picture looked great even using high compression. The speakers on this rock, there's 4 speakers and when you play at maximum volume the music it's really loud. Overall i'm pretty happy with. Try the Playbook for yourself and see.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Returned iPad - Glad to have the PlaybookPosted .
I had to return my iPad, very sad to do so because of the obvious genius design, functionality and fun of the iPad. Yet why does such genius overlook the need to work flawlessly with Microsoft Excel?? The apps Readdle and Docs to Go together cost a total of $15 and mangled my spreadsheets and handled them at a ridiculously sluggish pace. I didn't try Apple Numbers, but I read that it screws your spreadsheet format as well. In my line of work, Excel drives everything and time wasted on distorted spreadsheets is unacceptable. Many other little organizational details of the iPad escaped my grasp too... Now that I have a playbook, I can put it to work without loosing a step. -Especially great for Blackberry phone users - free tethering via bluetooth (NO EXTRA DATA PLAN REQUIRED!!!) -Pre-loaded with Microsoft Office -Handles long spreadsheets with great speed and agility -Easy to save new documents on the playbook and find them and attach them to emails -Great screen presentation (plenty of pixels) -Blackberry desktop software is well put together and easy to use -Touch screen action is crisp, agile (screen flip sometimes lags behind what the iPad would flip at) -Good Battery life (truly 7-8 hrs) -I like the swiping, swashbuckling commands - they are a breeze after a day of practice and quite comfortable and sensible -The small power/sleep button is a positive to me because I don't constantly put it to sleep (as happens to the iPad often due to the large size of their sleep button) -Great camera/ photo taking quality -To my surprise, I was able to type on this small screen tolerably well, nearly as well as the iPad, which has a significantly larger screen.... -Would be nice to have a on-board email program, which will come soon. -Would have been great to have a few more centimeters on the screen dimensions Overall, I'm very pleased with the Playbook!! (Wish that I could justify getting an iPhone and iPad for fun, but fun doesn't always pay the bills...unless you build your own business from the ground up with Apple business products, then the Apple toys would be productive as well as fun...)I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good for 1st generationPosted .
This is my first tablet purchase but I do have experience using iPads. I really wanted the power of a tablet with the size of an eReader and the Playbook fits that perfectly. The software is surprisingly reliable for being a 1.0 version but it is lacking features you would expect such as built in email and calendar apps (said to be coming this summer). The number of apps in App World seems to be growing quicker than I expected but we are waiting on bigger names to show up (Kindle by the end of May, Skype hopefully soon). Pros: Amazing screen color and clarity. If you use a Playbook for some time and then look at an iPad screen you will notice that the iPad looks fuzzy because of the lower pixel density. Speakers are great for such a small device. The feel of the device in your hand is very solid. Battery life is pretty good. Flash runs well but could use some improvement. Bezel gestures are great once you get used to them. Cons: Software needs some polish (mentioned before its 1.0), still waiting on some big name apps, waiting on the Android app emulator coming this summer, waiting on the email and calendar apps. Really all of the cons are around software, which can be improved with updates.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome little tablet!Posted .
I have had my Playbook for about three weeks now and I have to say, it is everything I had hoped for. Some of my favorite things about it so far. Screen/ graphics - Stunning HD video and the pictures I have taken so far look crisp and clear. Shot a quick test video and it looks very nice also, with great sound. The touch screen is also very responsive and the 'swipe-from-bezel-to-wake' feature is cool, as is swiping from the bezel to minimize programs. Typing on the screen keyboard is easy enough and I have yet to hit the wrong keys. Organization of screen icons/ programs and ease of use - Easy to navigate to whatever I want from the home screen and moving from program to program is totally intuitive. Quick links to Settings, Bluetooth, WiFi, Battery, Bridge, Orientation Lock are all in the upper right corner. Email message notifications (received and stored on my BB phone- accessible via bridge) are in the upper left.Time and Date top center. Connections -The Bridge to my Blackberry Tour email and content is seamless and fast. I have also found that my phone does not not even need to be close for it to work. I can surf to an email link with no problem, and the Bridge browser does not require WiFi. Turning the Bluetooth and WiFi on and off (to conserve battery) could not be simpler. WiFi is fast and strong and both the bridge connection and the WiFi work throughout my home and yard. Picking up free WiFi connections when out and about works great. MISC. -The Browser and online content rendering is great. I have had no issues so far and having Flash is definitely a big plus. -Excellent calculator, with Standard & Scientific modes, as well as a Unit converter and Tip calculator. My son used the scientific calculator for his Geometry final and said he preferred it over the TI-84 Silver Edition. -The Kobo Books eReader is good enough for my needs as I prefer most of my books in hard-copy. I have however downloaded several for when I am stuck waiting somewhere with nothing else to do. -I've never played Need for Speed before so I have nothing to compare it to but I enjoy it on my Playbook and so does my teenage son who has played it in other formats. He was able to figure it out much faster than me and laughed at my race times. -The weather app is better than most I've seen, and it is very useful to have "Word-to-Go", "Sheet-to-Go" and "Slideshow-to-Go" included. -The mini HDMI connection is another awesome feature but I have not tested it yet. -I can charge it in my car using the same charger I already have for my BB smart-phone. I can't wait until BlackBerry has access to Android apps and I am looking forward to future updates but for now I am quite pleased with my purchase and I take it with me almost everywhere I go. I also use it about every night while lying in bed after DH falls asleep :) Highly recommended over all the other tablets out there. note: I don't know if BestBuy carries this or not but I have a convertible leather case (Targus) that is a really nice accessory.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Devs need to support it, but a good tabletPosted .
I've had my playbook for over a month before thinking of writing a review. It has also been updated to OS 2 (which is where most of what I discuss is based). I love the multi-tasking. This is not for everyone, but I tend to do a lot at once on any device that I own and use. I found the web browser to be a little laggy on some sites, but it has loaded html5, youtube and all sites I have visited just fine. I love the size. Other tablets were too big for me and not comfortable to hold or carry around. I wanted a portable tablet, and the 7" screen size works for that (the PlayBook fits in my back pocket). I haven't had a hard time reading on the screen (touble-tap to zoom, or pinch) The gestures are pretty simple to learn and become second nature. It is similar to the HP TouchPad in some ways, but has been improved upon. My wife and seven year old daughter were able to learn them pretty quickly and finds them natural. Blackberry Bridge is the main thing I was looking forward to. It allows me to open and edit any file I have stored on my cell phone (9810), handle emails and BBM from the tablet and use my phone's data connection when I am not around Wi-Fi. A new feature to the bride in OS 2 was the remote control. This allows me to hook my Playbook up to a TV and use my phone to control it (similar to the touch pads on laptops) along with letting me type from my phone. All of the gestures work the same, including the bezel ones. I found this handy for video, pictures, web browsing and spreadsheets. I can sit anywhere and control the device, answer emails and messages and even use my phone for non-bridged apps at the same time. My biggest complaint has little to do with the device. Services like Netflix, Hulu and even Kindle have not supported natively on the playbook. This annoys me because they support other tablets. Netflix said they have no plans and Amazon promised a Kindle app over a year ago. Since this is not RIM's fault, I cannot fault the tablet (it can run these if the devs allowed it). Another cool feature with OS2 is the ability to convert and run apps from Android. Many developers have done this already and their apps are in app world. If you have a decent level of tech, you can install apps (including kindle) on your playbook. I did not find it hard at all. I only used apps converted by others and that I knew were free. There are native email, calendar and contacts, but I do not personally use them. I have a BlackBerry phone, so I just use the bridge. I set them up just to get a feel for them and found them to be intuitive. The only drawback to the email is that you have to be connected (obviously) whereas I'm used to them showing up on my phone. The PlayBook isn't for everyone, but it is good to evaluate how you would use a tablet and then decide from there. All devices are based on needs, likes and uses.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Geez, I really love this devicePosted .
We've had the original iPad in our household since Christmas. As far as my opinion on tablets go the bar was already set pretty high. Bought the Asus Transformer first, I have no doubt Honeycomb will one day be an excellent OS but the frequent crashes and native software that simply didn't work forced me to sell it. Before buying an iPad 2 I decided to try the Playbook and fell in love with it. Most of the criticism that the device has received is fully justified. Low on apps-check, Battery life compared to iPad-check, smallest power button on earth-check, lack of native email client-check. I know more apps are coming(including native email), I personally don't need my battery to last 10 hours (7-8 hours is more than adequate for me), and well...that power button does suck :-). BUT the touch interface is brilliantly implemented, almost everything is lightening fast(some flash intensive sites slow down e.g. Pandora), browser implementation, access to in-app menus, build quality, presentation output while viewing notes on playbook, and multi-tasking is an absolute dream. I just found a lot to like about the device. I love the iPad, I think I'll learn to love honeycomb, but the Playbook just felt right for me. Oh and the form factor...I realize for some people a 7-inch tablet is just too small but it allows me to carry it in my cargo shorts pocket, another aspect that won me over.I would recommend this to a friend