Tuesday, April 19, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook launches today: April 19

The BlackBerry PlayBook launches today. Are you getting one? It's a very light (0.9 lbs) table that has a 7" screen and runs RIM BlackBerry Tablet OS 1.0.

Here's a PC Review summary:

Pros

Excellent user interface. Sharp, beautiful screen. Top-notch browser with full Flash-video support. Wirelessly transfers files to and from computers on same network. Internet tethering with Blackberry phones works well—and it's free.

Cons

Some hardware issues and significant software bugs. No native e-mail support at launch—only browser bookmarks for Webmail sites. Bridge support for BlackBerry phone sync is not yet finalized. No video chat despite front-facing camera.


Bottom Line

When RIM pushes out the updates to make the BlackBerry PlayBook a better tablet for e-mail, video chat, and productivity, we'll revisit this rating. For now, though, it's outmatched by competitors with more versatile and complete feature sets.

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