Thursday, April 28, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook Hands-on

Finally got my hands on a brand new BlackBerry PlayBook! My God, this gadget is awesome.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is the world's first professional-grade tablet. A bold statement indeed. Of course, the majority consumers didnt exactly think of PlayBook when it comes to tablets. But then again, consumers aren't really RIM's target audience.

I was gonna do a detailed, part-by-part review, but then i got lazy and opted to do a point-form kind of review. Better eh?

By the way, this is a review of the Wi-Fi version. 3G & 4G versions are coming soon.

  • The hardware is perfect. (specifications)
  • the PlayBook's QNX-based new platform is super easy to use.
  • the 1 GHz dual-core processor is super-fast and snappy.
  • the screen is super bright; text is clear, pictures are stunning and videos are alive.
  • the touch-sensitive bezel around the screen is pure genius.
  • BOTH of the cameras shoots in High-Definition.
  • the dual stereo speakers are loud.
  • plays multiple-format videos including *.mkv files.
  • 16:9 size format.
  • multitasking is simply the best.
  • it supports Flash 10.2 AND HTML5
  • it will support Android 2.3 apps (coming soon)
  • includes free FULL version of Need For Speed: Underground
  • its portable. 7-inch, fits in the pocket.

  • software is still being completed (rectified by OTA updates)
  • lack of native apps. So far there's only 1,700 native apps for the PlayBook.
  • lack of "fun" apps. Thanks to Android support, it will have 200,000+ apps soon :D
  • the 16:9 format is great for watching wide-screen movies. But when it comes to web-browsing, its kinda small on potrait view. Awesome on landscape view though.

The Verdict:
  • The BlackBerry PlayBook is truly a beast: fast and powerful.
  • However, lack of apps may be a negative factor for some people.
  • The software is undeniably impressive. But even the most hardcore BB fan will agree; it feels unfinished. Thats why the OTA updates keep on coming every other day.
  • BlackBerry Bridge is a blessing for those already with a BB smartphone. No Wi-Fi? Just tether it to the phone.
  • Is it for everybody? Of course not. It all comes down to what you want in a tablet. Is it for gaming, web browsing, work, or just having the latest gadget available. You decide.
  • I LOVE the PlayBook.

So there you go. My review of the Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook.


xetxet said...

hmmm.. menarik...

Al Hadi said...

hehe.. mintak la kat Bawang :p