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Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (16GB)

Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (16GB)

  • BlackBerry Tablet Os, 1 GHz dual-core processor.
  • It has 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB for storage.
  • It has 7 inch multi-touch capacitive LCD screen, 1024 x 600-pixel resolution.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n).
  • 0.9 pounds (15 ounces).

The BlackBerry PlayBook delivers professional-grade, consumer-friendly experiences that redefine the possibilities of mobile computing. This ultra-portable tablet looks and feels great, measuring less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound. The micro USB port allows for an easy connection to your computer with memory of 16 Gb. It features a vivid 7-inch high-resolution display-WSVGAn display resolution (1024 x 600) that is highly-responsive with a fluid touch screen experience.

List Price: $ 499.00

Price: $ 179.99

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3 Responses to “Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (16GB)”

  1. Silvana D. "glass queen" says:
    926 of 966 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome tablet, April 26, 2011
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    A bit about me first – I am a techno-nerd. I LOVE gadgets. Large, small, you name it. After eyeballing many tablets, including the iPad, Xoom, Samsung and others I chose the 64GB Blackberry Playbook. Why? For one, because it is the right size. I can put it in my purse and carry it about with me. More reasons – it has spectacular graphics – true 1080p HD and it supports flash. It has a camera and an HD camcorder. It has a solid feel in your hands, the touch screen is very responsive and intuitive. After playing with it for a short span of time I now zoom from app to app. One of the (many) things I find amazing is that the tablet does not lag while running many concurrent apps – I’m not talking small apps, but processor intensive ones. The battery life is pretty good too – I’ve played for over 10 hours before I had to recharge it. The screen is spectacular – I said that already didn’t I?

    One thing I have read on various sites is that there aren’t “many apps” available. HELLO – it is new – just released actually. How many apps were there for the iPad when it first came out? New apps appear daily and this summer it will run Android apps. That just exponentially increased the quantity of fodder for app hounds like me. The Android apps will be available through Blackberry App World. Read more about this on Android Central. Angry Birds anyone? It’s also a boss gaming tablet for you gamers out there.

    I have a huge iTunes library. One of the reasons I purchased the 64GB version was for the music. RIM made it so easy to import tunes from iTunes. First download Desktop manager and install. Plug in the Playbook. It installs the drivers and voila! It sniffs the installed iTunes and asks you what you would like to sync to the Playbook. I also read a lot of technical magazines I get electronically. I have these saved off to a folder on my PC. Now I copy them to my Playbook and read them where ever I am.

    I can connect to the internet a few ways – with the wireless ability it has, or tethering to my mobile phone or, if you have a Blackberry running version 5 or above you can use the Bridge to gain access to the internet while about. I have scratched just the surface of this amazing tablet. It has so much more I could talk about.

    I love my Playbook. I am so glad I waited for its release. WOW

    Update 7.01.2011

    I’ve had the Playbook for over two months, use daily and have taken it with me everywhere I go. As such, I have more information and thoughts to share.

    My Playbook recently traveled to Universal Studios and Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Beautiful pictures and video were captured. I am a camera fiend – my Nikon D80 was left at home by an oversight and panic (withdrawal is more like it) set in. I must say that my Playbook saved the day. Would this completely replace my Nikon? For me, no. I am a lover of SLR/DSLR’s. However it does a very nice job rendering photographs in a pinch. I shot beautiful 1080p video as well.

    Apps – I have 183 apps so far on my Playbook and the choices available increases daily.

    The browser is something to behold on this thing. It is fast, renders pages beautifully and the flash content looks incredible. As the Playbook supports flash, a great deal of things can be had directly via the browser without the requirement of an app.

    RE: the noise about the ‘too small’ power button – non-issue really. You turn the Playbook on by swiping the screen from top to bottom. If the timeout is too long, you can alter this through the settings. About the only time you ever have to touch the button is to turn it on from a total power down. It’s more an issue of a habit to use a button than anything else. Once you drop the button desire, the puny size is perfect.

    RE: the noise regarding it wasn’t ready – I’ve used my tablet daily for well over two months and I haven’t encountered a single issue. No freezing, nothing at all. Ask me how many times I’ve had to reset my iPod or my PC/laptop?

    RE: the noise regarding the immediate OS update – as a software engineer I appreciated the fact RIM had an update issued right after the tablet shipped. That means they fixed/added new features that the initial install didn’t contain. This doesn’t mean the OS wasn’t ready – it was. They just were able to roll out an update soon after the release. How often is iTunes updated??? How often is Windows OS updated? Why is RIM bashed for a standard process? Ah, the Bizarro World we live in…

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  2. D. Bannister says:
    716 of 757 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What is everyone’s problem?, May 7, 2011
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    D. Bannister (Calgary, Alberta Canada) –
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    I own the iPad 1. I like it. I don’t love it. The apps are great. But it is large and cumbersome. It doesn’t really multi-task. And I hate the way it handles email. I use a Blackberry Torch phone. I love the way it handles email. And the apps are very good. Fewer. But very good.

    So it was with some trepidation and excitement I bought the Blackberry Playbook. The trepidation was because of the advanced reviews which universally panned it. I looked at it, held it, and bought it. And I will tell you it is one piece of stunning equipment.

    The build is much better than the iPad. In fact it is extraordinary. The screen is absolutely stunning. The machine loads the applications fast but NOT as fast as you see on the commercials. The browser blows the iPad Safari browser out of the water. It is very fast and of course has Flash. The camera front and back are very good.

    But do you know what makes this tablet? The OS. It is extraordinary. You bring out Apps with a touch. You scroll through open apps by beginning at the left or right bezel and swiping toward the center. The context menus are opened by swiping down when the application is open. See a subtle alert in the top left hand corner, swipe diagonally from the the bezel to the center and viola there is a notification of your email. To wake it up swipe from the top bezel to the bottom. No more clicking a darn button. Thank you Blackberry. That alone was genius.

    As I said I carry a Blackberry so through the Blackberry Bridge it tethers to my Torch. Emails and files. Everything, except the apps (different OS of course) is available on my Playbook. And I don’t have to add on a data plan for 3G. A 3G phone Playbook is coming out in the summer they say for those who do not carry Blackberry phones.

    I am waiting for the following apps – Dropbox (although I can transfer files in and out via the web), a free hand note taker and a better PDF program or a more beefy Adobe Reader app. And I am sure they will come.

    Now to the reviews: They claimed the OS was not finished. Not true. They claimed multiple shutdowns and freezes. Not true. They poo-poo’d tethering through Blackberry Bridge. OK I am saving myself $30 a month up here in Canada or $360 a year in not having a 3G capability under a separate plan. And the tethering is flawless for both email and web surfing since the Playbook comes with a Bridge Browser that uses your phones’ plan. So a person saves $360 a year and it gets criticized? Unbelievable! The apps. Yes there are fewer but there are new ones appearing everyday and they are above average and to my mind are as good as or better than the iPad. The negative reviews are baffling; truly, truly baffling.

    I couldn’t wait to get the iPad. I was enchanted. With the new iPad 2 I wasn’t enchanted. In fact it is anything but.

    The Blackberry Playbook on the other hand is simply astounding. I throw it in my briefcase. And away I go. I pull it out at a meeting or airport and it is understated and private. Will it take its rightful place in the tablet market? Not if jingoistic reviewers have their way. But it should. It should if build, function, cost effectiveness, reliability, and fun mean anything to anybody.

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  3. Quentin Gerlach "IT Guy" says:
    236 of 255 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good device – price is the problem…., April 19, 2011
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    Quentin Gerlach “IT Guy” (Trenton, NJ USA) –
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    If you’re like me – then you’ve probably been waiting for a while for RIM to enter the tablet market with their long-overdue BlackBerry Playbook. RIM’s been touting a couple of features that were a first for any tablet at the time – namely two cameras, one front and one back, HD output and a mini-HDMI port, along with finally releasing the new QNX OS (which RIM badly needed).

    Well, unfortunately for RIM, they once again took their time getting this to consumers, and the end result is once again a whole bunch of those new features aren’t really new anymore. IPad 2 introduced the two camera system for Apple, and I believe the new Galaxy 2 tablet coming out in a few months will have it as well. A bunch of tablets are also now HD-capable, and a bunch also have HDMI ports.

    Anywho – I picked this device up today from Best Buy, and to sum it up in a sentence: classy, but expensive.

    For a more detailed review, here goes —

    PROS:
    1) The OS. By George, RIM finally has a decent OS!! If anyone has ever had or messed around with a Blackberry phone, one of the biggest gripes you’ll have is that the OS is just… well, crappy. OS 5 and 6 were big improvements – but they still each leave alot out (like the browser – god, does Blackberry’s browser suck at times), especially when you check out an IPhone or Android phone. The QNX is RIM’s newest OS, and I hope they move their phones over to it ASAP. Clean, snappy, and doesn’t actually use all that much memory – if you delve into the settings of the device. I will add, though – that as soon as I turned on my device, it had to update the OS. Nice RIM – already pushing out updates…. Doesn’t bode well, but we’ll see.

    2) Screen. I’ll give RIM credit, they did awesome here. The screen on the Playbook is nothing short of stellar. I played the movie Megamind (great movie) in HD on it, and it looked fantastic. Even better, hooked it up via HDMI to a projector, and it looked fantastic on the wall too. 7″ may be a little small to people – IPad’s is almost 10″, and so is Galaxy 2 (supposedly – we’ll see) – but I like the 7″ screen personally. I don’t really need a bigger screen – that’s what I have a laptop for.

    3) Weight. This also might be a touchy subject – but again, I personally like a device that feels solid in my hands. The Playbook definitely fits this bill. Although it only technically weighs 1 pound, it feels much heavier. The construction seems excellent – putting pressure on various points, the device barely bends.

    4) Blackberry Bridge. Hell yeah RIM – I do NOT want to pay extra for another 3G data plan. Instead, what RIM does is by tethering your Blackberry phone to the Playbook, you can use the data plan on your phone to get the internet on your Playbook – and it works right out the box!! You don’t even need a cable – it also works via BlueTooth!! Only problem – just works with Blackberry phones. If RIM updated this to work with all phones, that would make it literally perfect.

    CONS:
    1) Price. Jeez, 499 for the base model – 16 GB. 64 GB rings in at 699. (These prices come from Best Buy). It’s a nice device, don’t get me wrong, but 500 bucks for the base model?? There’s a bunch of cheaper options out there. Especially with the size of the device – it’s a little hard to justify. I hope RIM fixes this problem soon, for their sake.

    2) Apps. Always seems to come back to this as well for RIM. The apps for the device – at the time of this – equal less than 100. Yeah, that’s right. With the new OS, that means that all apps have to be rewritten to be able to work with the device – and be able to handle the bigger screen. I believe the IPad has over 25,000 apps specifically made for it, and the Galaxy and XOOM both use Android – and have its market to work with. Clearly RIM has an uphill battle here. Hopefully RIM supporting Flash on the Playbook will help the apps roll in, but I wouldn’t hold my breath…

    3) No e-mail support. As of right now – the Playbook does not work with BES servers. That means no enterprise e-mail support, or ability to control the device via IT policies. You must be joking RIM. Seamless e-mail support is the main reason people get Blackberries, and you can’t make the Playbook to support this?? Fail….

    There’s a couple other things too I can think of – for both categories – but these delve deeper into the enterprise features of the devices, so if you’re interested, leave me a comment and I’ll reply
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    The Blackberry Playbook is definitely a good entry for RIM – worthy of giving some of the other tablets a run for their money. RIM has of late been really lagging behind when it comes to keeping up with the tech of the day, but with the Playbook, they’ve finally stepped up to the plate. As for hitting a home run – ehhh, I’ve give them a double…

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