BlackBerry PlayBook

The Good RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is a fast, powerful 7-inch tablet with HDMI output, advanced multitasking and security, and a browser that integrates Adobe Flash 10.2 for a desktop-style Web experience.

The Bad The 7-inch screen cramps the powerful browser; the wake button is difficult to push; and app selection trails the competition.

The Bottom Line The BlackBerry PlayBook ably showcases RIM's powerful new mobile operating system, but its middling size diminishes many of its best features.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.0 Overall

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BlackBerry PlayBook (64GB)
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Features
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Review

BlackBerry PlayBook

Editors' note: Thanks to the release of recent, high-quality tablets, the overall score of the Playbook has been adjusted down from 7.3 to 6.

Editors' note: An updated version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS (PlayBook OS 2.0) is now available as a free over-the-air update. The new software includes native e-mail, calendar, contacts, and broader app support. We updated this review on February 29, 2012, to reflect these changes.

If you thought the tablet wars were just between Apple and Google, think again. Research In Motion may be late to the fight, but it is fighting for its life, and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet demonstrates that the company means business.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $700
  • Brand BlackBerry
  • Diagonal Size 7 in
  • Type Blackberry OS
  • Weight 14.99 oz
  • Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
  • Installed Size 1 GB
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model 64GB

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