The Blackberry PlayBook went on sale in Canada for $300 off. I decided it was time to try out a tablet that wasn’t from the company who makes the leading tablet, Apple.
In the past, I had the iPad 2 so my standards are already quite high for a tablet. The Blackberry Playbook, although I had some problems at the beginning, is quite impressive.
Just because a tablet or even computer has better specifications then another doesn’t mean it is better or more useful. Many tablets exist with much betters specs then the BlackBerry PlayBook. I don’t want to base this review on a comparison of the Playbook and the iPad 2 but just for your information, here is how the Playbook specs compare.
|iPad 2||BlackBerry PlayBook|
|Screen||9.7″ LED 1024 x 768||7″ LCD 1024 x 600|
|Camera – Front||VGA 30fps||5MP|
|Camera – Back||720p 30 fps||1080p|
|Price (CAD)||Wifi 16GB $519, Wifi 32GB $619, Wifi 64GB $719,3G 16GB $649, 3G 32GB $749, 3G 64GB $849||16GB $199 ($499), 32GB $299 ($599), 64GB $399 ($699)|
|Processor||Apple A5 1Ghz dual core||ARM Cortex A9 1GHz dual core|
|Memory||512mb (unconfirmed by Apple)||1GB|
|Current support for Adobe Flash||No||Yes|
|Apps||Too many||Not enough|
The BlackBerry PlayBook is positioned as a consumer device that offers the features necessary to appeal to RIM’s enterprise/business customers.
First boot setup
It took me about 2 hours to setup the PlayBook as an update I did bricked the device. This is quite unusual and doesn’t happen with many people. I think I’ll save this for another blog post.
Note: after I fixed up the software update, everything began running smoothly. Don’t let this stop you from purchasing a PlayBook.