BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted On: June 21, 2011
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If you’re one of the many addicts who suffers from the ‘Blackberry Thumb’, or a cat on the next stage of it’s supreme evolution (and waiting to develop opposable thumbs) then this gadget’s at the top of your ‘Must-Have’ list.

It has more tricks up it’s sleeve than a crooked politician and aside from doing all the stuff (and more, thank you Flash) that an iPad can perform, it comes with a demonstrator who will break his own fingers just to show you how much he believes in it. Ouch.

The words “play” and “book” are a bit of an odd choice for RIM’s latest attempt at consumer relevance, a tablet that, at its core, runs one of the most hardcore and industry-friendly operating systems known to man.

The OS is QNX and the hardware is, of course, the BlackBerry PlayBook. It’s an enterprise-friendly offering that’s also out to conquer the consumer tablet ecosphere, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the BlackBerry handsets that have filled the pockets of corporate executives and BBM addicts around the globe.

It’s something of a serious tablet when compared to the competition running software from Apple and Google and, while it certainly has games, its biggest strengths are rather more boring.

It does a really great job at displaying PowerPoint presentations, for example, and has the security chops to keep last quarter’s dismal sales figures from falling into the wrong hands.

Exciting stuff? No, but useful features for sure, and regardless of whether you find those intriguing or boring this is RIM’s seven-inch, Flash-having but 3G-lacking tablet clad in an unassuming but extremely sophisticated exterior.

Debate about the perfect tablet size rages on, but we have to say the slightly smallish factor here creates a device that’s comfortable to roam with.

The light weight certainly makes it easier for reading and the more hand-friendly size makes it feel more comfortable to carry. That size, plus the dark coloring, makes this slate a bit less obvious than much of the competition, which is certainly part of its understated charm.

Right now, the BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet that will come close to satisfying those users who gravitate toward the first word in its name: BlackBerry. Those who were more excited about the “play” part would be well advised to look elsewhere, at least until Android compatibility joins the party. Then, well, anything could happen.