BlackBerry PlayBook

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68
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
68

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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BlackBerry PlayBook review

The words "play" and "book" are a bit of an odd choice for RIM's latest attempt at consumer relevance, a tablet that, at its core, runs one of the most hardcore and industry-friendly operating systems known to man. The OS is QNX and the hardware is, of course, the BlackBerry PlayBook. It's an enterprise-friendly offering that's also out to conquer the consumer tablet ecosphere, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the BlackBerry handsets that have filled the pockets of corporate executives and BBM addicts around the globe.It's something of a serious tablet when compared to the competition running software from Apple and Google and, while it certainly has games, its biggest strengths are rather more boring. It does a really great job at displaying PowerPoint presentations, for example, and has the security chops to keep last quarter's dismal sales figures from falling into the wrong hands. Exciting stuff? No, but useful features for sure, and regardless of whether you find those intriguing or boring this is RIM's seven-inch, Flash-having but 3G-lacking tablet clad in an unassuming but extremely sophisticated exterior. It's what's running behind the glass that disappoints.

Pros
  • Responsive performanceStrong enterprise chopsSolid hardware
Cons
  • Occasionally glitchy softwareMissing appsExpensive for a seven-incher
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User Reviews

90
trevrock
This is an incredible project. The 7 inch form factor is a perfect mix between...read more
80
jkendrick
Lack of apps hobbles the PlayBook, hopefully get better over time. Many apps...read more
100
latarnik
I have bought my Playbook on the day it premiered in UK and it has not left...read more
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7.1
Average Critic Score

Features

6.3
 

Durability

8.0
 

Ease of use

6.9
 

Portability (size / weight)

7.7
 

Battery life

7.7
 

Design and form factor

6.9
 

Display

7.3
 

Storage capacity

8.0
 

How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

87
 

User

80
 

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82

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Critic

82
 

User

67
 
74

Engadget

74
 

Critic

73
 

User

80
 
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How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

87
 

User

80
 

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82

Engadget

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Critic

82
 

User

67
 
74

Engadget

74
 

Critic

73
 

User

80
 
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