What does anyone who already has a PlayBook think of it? I would strongly recommend it if you have a BlackBerry.
The form factor is really one that people will have to use to understand whether they'll like it or not (for instance, compared to the larger iPad or Xoom), but for myself it was a selling feature. There is enough screen real estate for a great experience without losing the portability.
Other pluses I've found:
- good battery life
- very responsive
- great screen
- solid build
- excellent user experience / os
- the gestures to control the UI become second nature and are a pleasure to use
On the negatives, the Apps stick out the most, with a majority of the ones currently in the App World being poorly built / designed. However, with the recent release of the Facebook application, you get a sense of what's possible and with a few more big name / killer apps, I believe devs will come around.
Additionally, if Blackberry holds true to their word, they'll release the email and BBM clients this summer, further cementing the device as a capable business tool.
I would recommend people looking for a tablet test out the device.
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The hardware is top notch but there are enormous usability holes in teh basic OS, some bundled apps work extremely poorly (needing a data connection for Bing Maps for instance, even after you've loaded your map. This means that you can't load a map at home, then take it in the car and use it to get where you want to go. It throws up a dialog that stops you from seeing your map), but overall it's fairly enjoyable.
I have one because I'm a developer, but I would NEVER pay 500 for what they've delivered so far. Software wise it feels rushed, incomplete, and really just strives to be webOS in the end.
It does have some half-baked aspects to it, such as not being able to handle zip files attached to e-mails. Also, I was surprised that I could not cut and paste text I wrote in Word on the Go into an e-mail. Its wifi radio seems a little sensitive, too, as it frequently lost a connection today to which my laptop and iPad had no trouble staying locked.
It is clearly a work in progress, but it is not nearly as bad as some of the negative reviews that I've seen. I was toying with getting a second iPad for the family, but the Playbook is an adequate alternative for now. I expect its utility to improve as apps become more available (ahem, Netflix and Kindle) and firmware upgrades add to the suite of features.