"Great Functions for the MOney"4.0 starson by mikercath
Pros: Processor; Blackberry Bridge; Video Chat; Graphics Quality; OS 2.0; Kobo app; Docs to Go; Browser; Size (when you want it to fit in a handbag); weighty - has some heft; Tetris; Angry Birds; Plants v. Zombies; PRICE!
Cons: Size (if you want the larger screen); lack of Java ; inability to bridge with some older Blackberry smart phones; price of accessories - yikes!; would be nice if the battery gave a little more juice; more apps!
Summary: I came to purchase my Play Book when I was researching the Kobo Vox. For the same price as the Vox, I have an ereader on steroids. The size and the Kobo app are the only nods to an e-reader - every thing else is full on tablet! The processor is speedy, Blackberry Bridge ensures full functionality with my Curve 9300, and since we bought two for the price of one iPad, I can video chat with my husband while he works away from home. We plug mine into the HDMI on our 46" flat screen, and the kids can see dad larger than life. The quality of the screen for both still photos and videos is impressive. The variety of photo editing apps is ok, but they seem to be spendier that what is offered for the iPod and iPad. I am excited to try the app that allows you to send files from the Play Book to a computer via a wireless network.
The app library is ok, and I think RIM would be wise to expand on that. The new OS 2.0 allows for Android apps, but I have not researched that yet.
A common complaint about the size of the power button being too small is true, but on the flip side, it is almost impossible to press it by accident. The price of some of the after market products (cases, skins, etc) almost gave me a heart attack, but if you are no married to Blackberry branded accessories, some affordable options are available. I purchased the Hip Street leather executive case for $30. It is well constructed and has reinforced panels to protect the tablet, while offering card slots and space for a stylus. For some, this could replace a wallet.
Overall, at the $199 that I paid for a 16GB and the $249 that I paid for a 32GB, this beats any e-reader in the same price class, and is an affordable option to the spendier tablets.