BlackBerry PlayBook is first tablet PC from canadian technology giant RIM. The core of BlackBerry PlayBook is a brand new BlackBerry Tablet OS (BB10) powered by a 1GHz Dual core Processor and 1GB of RAM, excellent for multi tasking and browsing on the web. For the looks, it doesn’t look special. But 7 inch is definitely right size of tablet. It is portable and consumes less power than 10-inch screen tablets. Unlike the touchscreen interface on most tablets, BlackBerry PlayBook’s touch features extend right across the bezel in all directions to the edge of the device. Swiping your finger from the edge of the device onto screen will bring all menus and features. It is really impressive.
It comes with 2 cameras – a 3 MP on front and 5MP at back. The 5MP at the rear is for still shots and recording HD videos. Front camera is mainly for video conferencing but can be used for capturing still images as well. It can also play FULL HD 1080p. The screen itself is sharp and crisp with 1024 x 600 resolution. A HD video on PlayBook looks fabulous. You can also play it on other media via mini HDMI connection. What’s more, the Playbook supports flash contents unlike ipad.
The best feature of PlayBook is multi tasking. You can run as many apps or videos as you want and watch the thumbnails playing side by side. There is no lag or any kind of brief pause. This is where that 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM comes handy. Another feature that BlackBerry users will love on PlayBook is that it can bridge between BlackBerry device and can synchronize contacts, contacts emails and calendar between each other effortlessly. The main drawback of all these exciting features are battery consumption. But surprisingly PlayBook can last upto 10 hours on a single charge.
Overall it ticks all the boxes. Loading apps, playing games, watching videos, listening music and browsing the web, everything is fast and awesome. The BlackBerry PlayBook (Wifi only) is on sale now from all the leading mobile retailers worldwide.
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For Blackberry Playbook setup, tips, gestures, navigation and tutorials please click Blackberry Playbook for Beginners.
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RIM has recently announced that it is releasing a 4G PlayBook tablet at the end of 2012 and a new 3G version of the PlayBook will be available by March 2012. With the addition of individual email client support without the support of Blackberry handset, RIM has great competition against ipad2.
Update – Blackberry playbook is available from Carphone Warehouse and best buy. 16GB will cost £399, 32GB for £479 and 64GB for £559. PlayBook is on sale in UK and can be purchased for £169 (16GB)from Carphone Warehouse, PC World and Currys. (For Limited time Only)
Update : New reports suggest PlayBook OS 2.0 will be launched on Feb 21, 2012. Main features included are native email, contacts and calendar app. Also in addition to that Android player will be available to run Android apps. BBM is still absent and is rumored to be included in next update (PlayBook OS 3.0) later this year before the launch of BlackBerry PlayBook 2.
Update : BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is now available for download. Go to Settings > Software Updates > Check for Updates and you should find PlayBook OS 2.0 available for wireless download. Follow the instructions on screen for the easy installation process.
New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 features include:
Integrated email client with a powerful unified inbox: With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 you have the option to use a unified inbox that consolidates all messages in one place, including messages from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as personal and work email accounts.
Social Integration with Calendar and Contacts apps: The built-in calendar harnesses information from social networks and makes it available where and when users need it. Contact cards are also dynamically populated with updated information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to create a consolidated view of contacts.
Updated BlackBerry Bridge app: BlackBerry Bridge is a unique app that provides a Bluetooth connection between your BlackBerry PlayBook and core apps on your BlackBerry smartphone (including BBM™, Email, Contacts, Calendar and Browser) in order to let you view the content on the larger tablet display. With BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, it’s easier and quicker than ever to take documents, web pages, emails and photos that appear on your BlackBerry smartphone and display them on your BlackBerry PlayBook for an optimized viewing and editing experience. The updated BlackBerry Bridge app also provides a new remote control feature that allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse for a BlackBerry PlayBook.
Improved mobile productivity: Updated document editing functions, the new Print To Go app, and increased control and manageability of corporate data with BlackBerry Balance allow you to get more out of your BlackBerry PlayBook every day. Plus, an updated virtual keyboard with auto correction and predictive next word completion learns how you type to enable faster, more accurate typing.
New apps and content: Thousands of new apps are being added to BlackBerry App World today (including a range of Android apps that will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook). For must have apps for PlayBook please check Must have apps for PlayBook and for best games for your PlayBook click Must have games for PlayBook.
Update : New update OS 184.108.40.2068 has been rolled out for BlackBerry PlayBook. Check software updates and download the new update to improve performance speed of your tablet. There are no new features released in this build but performance has been significantly improved. Some users reported the battery drain issue after updating the OS . Simple solution is to hard reset the PlayBook and it will be fixed.
Update : RIM has pulled its New update OS 220.127.116.118 from its servers. There is no official statement regarding it but you can’t download that update anymore. Rumors are that OS 2.1 might be rolled out at the launch of PlayBook 4G next week.
Update : RIM released a following statement regarding OS 18.104.22.1688 :
“RIM discovered an issue with the PlayBook software 22.214.171.1248 update. The update has been removed. Customers that have successfully updated to version 126.96.36.1998 are not affected and can continue using their PlayBook with the updated software. ”
Update : BlackBerry 10 update for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be officially unveiled at the launch party on Jan 30. BlackBerry London and Nevada will be the first devices to be launched with next generation BlackBerry 10.
Update : BlackBerry PlayBook is now officially updated to OS 188.8.131.523.
Update : According to new rumors, BlackBerry is working on a PlayBook update which will bring BlackBerry 10 to PlayBook Tablet. The rumors suggest that the new version 184.108.40.2065 has been certified and could be pushed to PlayBook tablets in near future. There is no official information available from BlackBerry but the update is expected to be available in coming months.
Update : According to a new CrackBerry poll, nearly 60% of BlackBerry PlayBook owners are still using the 3-year old tablet. Just over 22% moved on to another OS. This clearly shows that the PlayBook owners are happily using the tablet despite the lack of apps ecosystem and three year old hardware.
Update : BlackBerry PlayBook OS Updated to v220.127.116.117