BlackBerry� PlayBook? Tablet, 32GB, Black
My last two trips have been so much lighter now that I can leave my laptop behind and do everything I need on my Playbook. I have all the access I need and I have been able to install my favorite Android apps on the Playbook as well. Only compliant, AT&T has locked down the bridging capability between my phone and the playbook so file sharing currently requires a cable. Otherwise, the ability for the phone and my tablet to share information has been a jewel.
August 18, 2014
Underrated - Great With Blackberry Smartphone
I purchased the Playbook because I thought it was a great deal for the money at the lower promotional price. I was absolutely correct. This tablet is very underrated compared to much more expensive Ipads and Android tablets. With wi-fi It would be great as a stand alone, but when tethered to my Blackberry Smartphone it not only synchronizes, but gives me 3/4G web access anywhere I can get cell service. Add the ability to sync with my laptop and the possibilities are phenomenal.
The Playbook leans toward professional use with "lite" versions of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The processor is fast and the ability to run multiple screens brings an added element of versatility. There are not as many apps available compared to the Ipad and/or Android formats, but that is not a large issue for me.
January 14, 2012
Solid, compact, user friendly
great tablet. very well built and easy to use. everyone has complained about the unlock/power button but i have had no trouble with mine so far. cant wait for android market to release in febuary. overall i would recomend this as a good work tablet and a very high end buy for 200 to 400 dolors
December 24, 2011
This is my first tablet and the unit was bought with the intention of using it to write field inspection reports and perform online accounting (invoicing and sales receipts) for service work performed. I like the 7" format for my application. Anything larger would have been too large, and a smart phone (which I had considered using) is really too small. The smaller format makes for great portability and is very convenient. It also makes an excellent e-book reader.
One of the most interesting and powerful navigation functions of the unit is "gesturing", which allows access to auxiliary menus by wiping from the bezel across and into the active screen area.
The QNX operating system allows true multitasking and will prevent a troublesome application from crashing the system or interfering with other applications (a real plus).
The browser works well and is very quick. It does not have the ability to search the page for a word or phrase which is a slight negative. It will open multiple tabs and has decent bookmarking capabilities. Because it is a "Blackberry", some web sites force it to their mobile version, not aware that it is not a phone.
There is a text and spreadsheet application provided that allows editing of Word, Excel and PP documents, but does not support all formatting functions of Microsoft.
Works best with a pretty strong WiFi signal.
It has both front and back facing cameras but no flash. Low light pictures are a bit grainy. It also has HDMI output but does not have a memory card slot. However, moving files from Playbook to PC is very easy - just tether and drag using the desktop application.
I did not get this unit to play games on and am discovering more useful applications in the App Store all the time. There is even greater potential with the coming introduction of OS2.
December 10, 2011