Blackberry Playbook - new pc tablet review

It seems that the Tablet PC market has just got a helluva lot more interesting - now that Research In Motion, creators of all things Blackberry have announced the early 2011 release of the new Blackberry Playbook. And it looks the business. Aimed at the Business Market, the Playbook is packed with features many complained were missing from Apple's iPad. Well, fear not. If it's Flash display-ability you like, Games to love and die for, Apps to work on, usb / hdmi connectivity, ebook readability with wifi and bluetooth to boot, then you may want to consider trading up that iPad to this clearly superior device, the Blackberry Playbook.Oh, and it's way compatible with Blackberry Smartphones too.

The Blackberry Playbook - the Game Changer that may put Apple on the back foot...
The Blackberry Playbook - the Game Changer that may put Apple on the back foot...

Blackberry clearly want users to have full access to everything on the web, so the Playbook comes with a Browser with HTML 5 and Flash 10.1 display capability. Like the many Smartphones it makes, Blackberry clearly sees the gap provided by Apple's refusal to support Flash as an opportunity to corner this important market. Most advertisements and Video content on the entire web are Flash-based. The Playbook comes with front and rear-facing HD cameras for Video Conferencing. It sports 1 GB of Ram, a 1Ghz dual Core Processor. The full list of specs is as follows:

-- 7" LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch
and gesture support
-- BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
-- 1 GHz dual-core processor
-- 1 GB RAM
-- Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD
video recording
-- Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
-- Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
-- HDMI video output
-- Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n
-- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
-- Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
-- Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5,
Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL,
Java
-- Ultra thin and portable:
-- Measures 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
-- Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
-- Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will
be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail
outlets.
-- RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the near future.

As can be seen, this Blackberry has the very same capacitive touch-screen technology used in both iPad and iPhones. While developers are about to get their lucky hands on some models - it goes on sale in the start of 2011 in America, with the rest of the world following in Q2 of 2011. The price has yet to be confirmed, but Blackberry say it will be competitively priced against the Apple iPad. We live in hope.

The new Blackberry Playbook - social networking is a cinch...
The new Blackberry Playbook - social networking is a cinch...
Multi-touch screen means everything at your fingertips...
Multi-touch screen means everything at your fingertips...

So the Battle of the Tablet PCs begins in earnest. Admittedly, RIM has yet to set a price, but it's thought it will fall in the lower range of prices for consumer tablets already in the suddenly congested market.

Kate Solomon of mobile news and views site Recombu.com said - "it's by far the most exciting thing we've seen from BlackBerry for a while and for once the buzz seems to have been justified."

Although the Memory storage has not been stated, Blackberry say it will easily rival that of the iPad from Apple. Already sporting the ability to Multi-task and perform split-screen applications, such as presentation and note jotting ability all on the same screen - it appears that the Playbook is for serious users.

The Playbook's major appeal comes in the 7-inch screen with front and rear facing cameras to enable video conferencing, an important feature that will appeal to the business market. Another surprise is the operating system, which not use new Blackberry OS 6 but instead opts for QNX software. This was recently acquired by RIM and has extensive expertise in embedded systems for the car. RIM are clearly moving in a new direction with this product, and for iPad lovers, the competition is underway. This new OS is designed specifically for the tablet size computer and will avoid the difficulties that come from adjusting a smartphone OS to the tablet platform.It could also see Blackberry possibly getting into the future portable PC market in other ways. Could we be seeing another Android-type system in the works here?

Users and owners of the Amazon Kindle will be impressed by the Playbooks ability to read ebooks. Already with full HTML and Adobe Reader technology enabled, this is going to be a great eBook reader, and may have many important uses in the educational market. I do not see the ePub standard supported here, but will watch future announcements closely.

Multi-task your way through several applications and even split the screen and do 2 tasks on the same screen...
Multi-task your way through several applications and even split the screen and do 2 tasks on the same screen...

In a conference called TechCrunch Disrupt, (eerily similar to a well-known TechCrunch Blog we read here,) Todd Bradley, a company's executive vice president for the personal systems group in Hewlett Packard admitted tablets are going to be a huge market in the next few years - worth $40bn.

And not to be out-done, Samsung recently introduced its Galaxy tablet, as Dell did also with the 5 inch Dell Streak. Other companies waiting in the wings with Tablet PCs include Lenovo, Asus, HTC, (another major smartphone maker in Taiwan) and Acer, as are Google (with the Android OS) and Microsoft.

Now the world has woken up to the fact that tablet PC's are more than just some gadget or gimmick, and now seem to have a clear definition of a market to appeal to. While the Apple Apps vary from essential to almost useless and thus free to download, Blackberry have put manners on Apple with a serious Tablet PC that does serious tasks. And with an expandable and entendable system - it seems that Blackberry's stock has definitely gone up. The future is looking better already.

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blaise25 6 years ago from close to you...

Looks so techy and amazing. I wish Santa would send me one this Xmas LOL I love reading ebooks, and of course hubs such as yours, this new gadget from Blackberry would be perfect for reading and writing too ;) iPad was never in my fancy but this one looks pretty. Cheers moi friend! Xo


BadCo 6 years ago

Another awesome hub moi lil friend and many congrats on hitting the 500 friends, well deserved, muchness hugs xoxo


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello blaise! Oh I so wish this too, I am not kidding. I really loved checking this out. It's a beautiful bit of kit. Yes, the ebook reading is my thing too! Still wish I knew the Hard Disk memory, but no websites have that info. And yes, can you believe it, I could write a hub with moi Playbook if I had it! Hehehe! I quite like it, and as it has flash, my ads and flashy stuff would work on it. And plug in an external keyboard or printer or camera or screen or whatever. Hope its cheaper than the iPad too! Thanks for the comments on moi Blackberry Playbook hub, moi friend! Have a great day! Cheers from me! XOXOX

Hello BadCo! I was checking out your sites earlier, really love this new one ya got!! Very nifty! Heh! Glad you like this Playbook hub! Yes, I have the 500 + fans now! Yaaay! Thanks for that! You're a star, Art! Hugs from me too! :D XOXOX


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

The only way I can ever understand any of this, is if I buy the thing and you then come over to show me how it works :-)))


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello De Greek: well, actually it is easy to figure out, easier than a PC or laptop, you just use it like an iPhone. As to showing how it works, I would have to show moi self first!! Still, and as I am aware of the many hubs written about you (and all flattering too) I am flattered to think that you asked me, Sir. And I thank you for that! LOL! :)

Thanks for the comments!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I have asked you in a fatherly way, child. I am 62 and happily married :-)))


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

De Greek, that is good to know. Thanks for the comments. :)


.BadCompany 6 years ago

Methinks ya shud replace Simon_Towel on yer profile with moi, I kinda figure he wont mind, the Creative and Sarky Captain Returns, nighty night ; ) xoxo


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy BadCo! I have been wondering about if Simon was making an appearance on Hubs. Okay, I will add your profile! I am looking forward to seeing your hubs, moi friend!! The Hubs need it!! Heh! Cheers! Hope you are having a great day. XOXO


.BadCompany 6 years ago

I thank you young lady, the Captain even mentioned you two girls in his debut hub, enjoy yer weekend, moi friend ; ) xoxo


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

OMG! You have the hub up! I am on the way, Captain! Sorry for not popping over quicker! *Hugs ya!!* Love ya, Art! XOXO


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice review, my friend. This is another hub for you. I learn much from this hub. This is new for me. I never know about BlackBerry Playbook before. This is a future gadget. You give us many possibilities to have one of this gadget. I love it. Vote up as usual.

Prasetio


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello prasetio, I am glad you like the review. Yes, the Playbook is very new, and not out on the market yet, but I am looking forward to seeing it, as I have two mobiles and one is a Blackberry, and they make very good smart phones. Lets see if it manages to out do the amazing iPad from Apple. The iPad has a few flaws, so it should be interesting. Thanks for the vote up and comments, my friend. Cheers! :)

Cassy


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Leslie Patton 6 years ago from Texas

I am so excited about the release of the playbook, cant wait for it to come out. Great review!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Leslie: I too am very excited about the release of the Playbook. I am sure it will give the iPad from Apple a run for its money. I know the iPad has more Apps, but the iPad lacks the Flash technology that the Blackberry Playbook has, so it looks like "game on" for the slate / Tablet PCs now. hanks for the comments. Cheers!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Finally a option! I've been wanting a iPad and been researching and like you said many options that aren't available. It's great to have another option to consider. Thanks for the Blackberry Playbook - new tablet pc review. I'm excited about another option thanks!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello katiem2!! I so agree! I am in conflict about the iPad, so very sexy and amazing to look at and use, but alas, I expected more. Then I heard about the Playbook, and I was thrilled. I have a Blackberry and iPhone, so I am "covered" if you get my drift! Heh! I know I am a bit ahead of myself, and it doesn't come out till Q1, 2011, but I am already looking forward to it. Glad you like! Have a super day, Katie. Cheers! :)


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Cassy moi Stalker is Severalninjas who is tricking all my friends into adding him, both you and Cathy have added him but Simon & BloodNRoses are out to sort it out, but I do need you and Cathy to support both me and Blood more than ever over the next week or so, you are right, we cant let scum like that win, loves ya xox


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

No problem Art. I am no following him, already removed him off my lists. Thanks for the heads up.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hmm, nice replacement for ipad My Cheeky, Video conferencing friendly too, Nice one My Cheeky! Maita


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Maita, the Blackberry Playbook is a serious bit of kit. Yes, the video conferencing ability is very neat, I must say. And 2 cameras! If you hear anything about prices over there, please let me know!! I am very interested in getting this amazing gadget!! Cheers, Maita! Hope you are well. Have a lovely weekend! :)


BadCo 6 years ago

Hi Cassy I saw your post in the Forums about Stalkers and trust me none of those named by that guy where me except Simon Towel who I deleted myself because I am fed up. I hope you know me well enough to know I am not a stalker, yes I have abused people on here but only because they pushed me too far. I am sorry you got dragged into this crap and I am pissed off with it all, I am off and wont be back, muchness thanks for all your comments, support and friendship, you are both two great girls.

I will always pop in to leave you both a comment but like this, enjoy yer weekkend xoxo


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Art, I am happy to see that TattoGuy is still alive and kicking!! And you are always welcome here with me, moi friend!! Don't lose heart! You have a lot more friends here than you know!! Cheers!! XOX


BadCo 6 years ago

I saw your name on someone who slags me offs profile and I thought you actually believed the crap written about me, I do admit I left a petty comment with MOW but jeez the crap that has been written about me the last few days has me thinking of taking Libel action against Hubpages.

I am guessing Ryankett has been banned by his post in the Forums giving out my real name but trust me I thought because Kimberlyrics had you on her profile that you had lost faith in me.

I have lost heart Cassy, more than you will know. It hurts to read you are some woman stalker who hurts people, anyways you and Cathy are lovely girls, dont think bad of me xox


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Art, I don't rely on others to tell me who my friends are. I go with my heart always. My heart is my guide. And my heart tells me you are and always have been a wonderful guy! You have been a decent kind and wonderful friend to Cathy and me, ever since I came on Hub Pages. I have also learned a lot from you.

I have a friend who has this curious hobby, he's into CB radio, and he often listens to what others say on other channels, and he told me a curious thing. "Never earwig or listen in on what others say about you - as they will never say good things..." Does that make sense?

You should not worry about what others say here. And don't feel bad about that. I don't believe you are a stalker. Stop believing that crap. There are a few here who may be jealous of your successes. *Hugs you* Take care, moi friend. I believe in you! XOX


Badco 6 years ago

You just put a smile on the Captains face, I dont give a shit about what peeps think of me but I do care about what people I care about think like you and Cathy and yer comment means a lot to me.

I intend to take Hubpages to court because of Ryan ketts post as I have taken legal advice. It is blatent Libel and I am not letting it go and I intend to follow it up with s few more Libel cases. Hubs are worth 12 million and if they are happy to let Kett libel me for laughs they will realise you dont get away with it.

Thank you Cassy, love you girls xox


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Wow! Geez, where do I need to go to read the offending doc in question? I'd love to know. But another part of me kind of shudders at the thought of whatever it contains. Art, please be careful, whatever you do. I hope you know what you are doing, moi friend!! *Extra hugs ya* Take care!!

We love you too, Art. XOX


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ashleyyoung 6 years ago from United States

Wow. The new apple, err BB of my eye. I've got to get my hands on this baby! Fantastic review Cheeky Girl, now I'm drooling all over this new gadget. Love it!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello ashleyyoung: good joke, yes - I can see how it would be the apple of your eye, it is so groovy looking! Heh! I am deff getting this super tablet PC, as I have a Blackberry Curve my boss treated me to it. Maybe he'll treat me to the Blackberry Playbook. I will have to be extra sweet now. LOL! Okay, put your tongue back in your mouth, cos it's coming in Q1, 2011!! A little bit longer to wait! Cheers! :)


Art 6 years ago

Just so you know, I deleted my BadCompany account. I cant be bothered with the censorship. I guess that makes me look like a twat but sure what to hell. Good luck with yer book xoxo


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hy Art. Oh wow, censorship? Did somebody say something or make some comment to you? I am so sorry to hear this. Aw, I am sorry to hear that. Please tell me you are keeping TattoGuy going! Thanks for the book comment. Aw, you are a wonderful guy Art, and a great friend to us!! Mwah! Sending you hugs today!! XOXOX


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Of course I am keeping Tattoguy, jeeez do you think I wrote all those hubs for nothing lol xoxo


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Wow, I like the new avatar, Art! I am so glad you are staying around! I can breathe again. Hehehe! Your hubs are marvelous! Just like you, moi friend!! :) XOXOX


Joe 8logs523 5 years ago

Holy shit, I got to have me one of these. Am a Blackberry user myself. You ever feel like exchanging BBm numbers, I'd be happy to return the favor, cheeky lady. You are a cherry on the cake.


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

The Blackberry Playbook is due out in Q1 of 2011 and I am getting my hands on one of them cos I love all things Blackberry (except for the Facebook App, which stinks and needs a revamp). BBM, oh I am fine. I am in a relationship, read my "Encounters" series of hubs and see why (and how). But thank you for saying this, that is sweet. :D


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Great hub. You really explain it in perfect detail and helped clear up a lot questions I had. Thanks for the well done hub.


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Hello tokowinfo: I am so looking forward to getting this little beauty when it comes out in May, I believe. Glad to help with anything. Thanks for the comments! Have a great day! :)


ryankett 5 years ago

"I intend to take Hubpages to court because of Ryanketts post as I have taken legal advice. It is blatent Libel and I am not letting it go and I intend to follow it up with s few more Libel cases. Hubs are worth 12 million and if they are happy to let Kett libel me for laughs they will realise you dont get away with it."

I'm still waiting for that, he knows where to find my address.


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia Author

Um, Hy ryankett, not too sure how that fits into my hub on the Blackberry Playbook. Ooh, just realised why. Had a gander at the above comments. Can I politely suggest you both do battle with each other without leaving blood or bullet holes in my hubs?

Or perhaps just call it quits or time-out or something. I hate when guys who are talented and smart resort to this. Don't suppose you fancy the Playbook then? *slight attempt at humor*


ryankett 5 years ago

Nope sorry, not interested in the playbook, but you have listed my phone on here (the 8520, it's ok). You should probably delete ALL of those comments, if you want to make sales, they probably do put of sellers (I cherry pick comments on sales hubs, only keep the ones which say something like "I love your review, really helped me" etc). There won't be any more battles, he has been deleted from the site.

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