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BlackBerry PlayBook

from  $99.99+
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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Engadget Review

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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
90
Jason Anderson
I think the Blackberry Playbook is an excellent device. Perfect size and it...read more
90
Will Robertson
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Other
Screen size
722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Other

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
No

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wma) (Divx, Wmv, Xvid)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus) (Yes)

Other features

TV out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Screen size
7 inches
Screen resolution
1024x600
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Model
4G LTE

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Other
Screen size
722
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Other

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wma) (Divx, Wmv, Xvid)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus) (Yes)

Other features

TV out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Screen size
7 inches
Screen resolution
1024x600
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
RAM
1 GB