Pros Very nice UI, both cameras record in 1080P, cameras are quite good, side speakers are surprisingly good, 7" size is nice for efficient transporting while on-the-go. Can multi-task better than almost every tablet out there.
Cons The over-exaggerated deficiencies of the app store ... will likely be fixed with the OS update this February - opening up some android market place apps. However, I will deduct half-a-star from my rating because of this 'app world' shortcoming.
Summary Compare the build quality and specs of this 7" tablet to any other tablet on the market and it compares quite favorably in my opinion.
Oddly enough, I've never come across a product that got ripped so much by industry 'experts' and yet received very favorable reviews from the vast majority of its consumers. Check out some product review wesbites found at futureshop.ca, bestbuy.com, thesource.ca, etc.
* The Playbook is on sale from shopblackberry.com and other retailers until the end of January for $300 for the 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB models .... yes they're all the same price regardless of storage capacity. $300 for a 64GB tablet of this build quailty is a fantastic price considering the current market and the competition.
Pros - Size (if you know why you are buying this)
- UI - user interface is great!
- smooth and stunning - runs smoothly and the view is beautiful to say the least.
- feel and build - high quality and nice feel to it.
- on screen keyboard - very responsive, and
Cons - Need more apps if we would compare some of its functionality to other tablets.
- small screen for those who expects something ipad or laptop like (this is a unique class of its own).
- No netflex so it is needed as soon as possible :)
- no auto correcti
Summary I like this device. I didn't have so much expectations and everyone used it so far was impressed.
I don't think you can compare this to ipad or xoom etc. because i honestly believe that each is differer experience due to the size.
if you need something that does a lot of things but a phone is too small, and an ipad or xoom is too big then this is the one you want.
Buy what you need. this is an ultimate mobile device and better than a phone, but can't replace a laptop or a notbook. a true light and powerful companion.
by the way, i love the web based experiance where google features are easy to access in full function. i.e. google docs.
also while there are not always apps as of today, there are web based tabs you can click on (from the app tray) and it will lunch an app like experience.
Hope it is a useful review, good luck (i will try to update the review once I spend more time with the device - day 3)
Pros portability, performance, navigation, integration with blackberry phones (bridge), oh and security!
Cons getting the andriod app is not simple, yet.
Summary I own an ipad 3 (which i hate) a samsung galaxy tab 2 (which i love) but above all i find myself using the playbook more than the others, the i pad in my opinion is a really really good photo frame (excluding stand) and andriod feels like an incomplete os that was made for games and eating up battery, my playbook i use for everything videos, books, messaging, checking my social stuff, and more recently playing some great games, stuff i have yet to see on android. it seems the playbook is the only one to leave the house, oh and i'm writing this from my it now.
overall in my opinion it's the ONE to get
Pros Just recently received the update for this Playbook. The upgrades since are incredible. I believe this now can stand up to the IPAD2. I'm impressed.
Cons I have not cons about this product since the updates.
Pros The UI is amazing. Powerful Dual-Core 1GHz CPU and a whopping 1GB of DRAM. The multi-tasking on this thing is amazing. More than enough apps and games to keep you going.
Full native Flash support, this is where the Playbook kills the iPad(s).
Cons Woudl have been nice to have more choice for apps and games. But still there is more than enough to choose from.
Summary First of all the Playbook is high tech.
RIM did announce a massive OS update coming in Feb 2012 that will update the core of the device along with the introduction of full Android app support.
This will further certify the Playbook as being one of the best Tablets in the market today. It did take several months to deserve such a title from me, and now well deserving indeed.