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:


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.


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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