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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook review - future promise, but lacking today

Review by Dan Seifert on Saturday April 23, 2011.

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3.2 stars

(How we score)

Fast response, great screen, solid build quality, future promise
BlackBerry smartphone required for many tasks, few apps, missing core functionality, mediocre camera


The BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM's entry into the burgeoning tablet market that is currently dominated by Apple. It faces a stiff competition from Apple's iPad and the various Android tablets that are just now coming to market. Does RIM have what it takes to compete at this level of consumer tablet? Is the BlackBerry PlayBook something that the average customer should be parting with their hard-earned money for?

In a nutshell, no. The PlayBook has a lot of things going for it, solid hardware, speedy processor, and dual-cameras. But hardware is only half the story. And the story of the PlayBook is as much about what RIM left out as what it put in. Unfortunately, the PlayBook is not quite ready for prime time, and could definitely benefit from going back in the oven for a little bit longer. Read on to find out what the PlayBook does right, and why we think it is sorely lacking in other areas.

Please bear in mind that this review is current only as of launch time - April 2011. We are scoring it based on how it is now, as we write this, not how it might be in the future.

Below you will find the table of contents and two videos of the PlayBook in action.

Table of Contents and Scorecard

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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