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Blackberry Playbook OMAP4430 1GHz 16GB 7" Tablet

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OMAP4430 1GHz BlackBerry Tablet OS 16GB Feb 2015
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14 Reasons For

Nice Design

Several people who reviewed the product concluded that it was good looking. Pcmag.com said “The good news is that the user interface for the new BlackBerry Tablet OS is beautiful, graceful”. Five years ago V3.co.uk gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their Blackberry Playbook review “RIM is not the only company to go with the 'small is beautiful' philosophy when it comes to tablet design.”. Expert review site Etechreviews.com said “The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet surely is one beautiful device” in their review.

A number of people who reviewed the product thought it was smooth. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Blackberry Playbook on Good Gear Guide.com.au “RIM's 7in PlayBook offers a refreshing interface and smooth performance that live up to its name”. Mobilechoiceuk.com wrote “Butter smooth performance” in their review of this tablet and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Thestar.com.my mentioned “RIM's first Tablet has an intuitive interface and buttery smooth performance.” in their review of the Blackberry Playbook.

Two Blackberry Playbook owners who bought this tablet agreed that it was a good design. Expert website Slashgear.com mentioned in their review of this tablet “The design soberly striking (annoying power button notwithstanding)” . Pcper.com mentioned “Its matte plastic and blocky design makes it clear this tablet isn’t designed to compete with others on by wowing consumers with its must-have aesthetics” in their review of this tablet.

One Blackberry Playbook owner thought it was neat. Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “The BlackBerry PlayBook is a neat, compact and capable tablet”.

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Robust

Nine customers concluded that it was well made. Expert website Whathifi.com mentioned “The company's first tablet looks to build on its impressive, smartphone-based reputation”. Whathifi.com also wrote “Feeling solid with a matt finish”. Theinquirer.net mentioned in their Blackberry Playbook review “The Playbook has a stylish design, feels well made and is nice”.

One customer who reviewed it wrote that it was strong and durable. Expert review site Whathifi.com mentioned “The PlayBook is a robust, more portable device than”.

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Easy to Use

A few Blackberry Playbook owners who bought it concluded that it was easy to use. Goodgearguide.com.au gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and wrote on expert review site Good Gear Guide.com.au five years ago “However, beyond the great multitasking and intuitive UI”. Expert website Mobilechoiceuk.com said “RIM’s first tablet device is a joy to use with innovative navigating controls” in their Blackberry Playbook review. Mobile88.com wrote “­navigating around in it is very intuitive with its flicks”.

Some Blackberry Playbook reviewers who bought it thought it had a good interface. Expert website Laptopmag.com wrote five years ago “The PlayBook has a well-designed interface and plenty of power under the hood for serious multitasking” yet they scored the product 50 out of 100. Expert website Gcn.com gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “The interface is a good one” in their review. Goodgearguide.com.au said in their review of this tablet on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “The BlackBerry PlayBook has a refreshing interface and excellent multitasking.”.

Four Blackberry Playbook owners who purchased it agreed that it had a good experience. Five years ago expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote “With it's full web-browsing experience, seemless server-side”. Techspot.com said “The user experience is solid” in their review. Expert website Vr-Zone.com wrote “The BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 operating system was recently announced on 21 February, promising new features and enhanced tablet experience for users” in their review of this tablet.

Some Blackberry Playbook reviewers mentioned that the Blackberry Playbook was comfortable and easy to hold. Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk four years ago “The BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 is a lovely device to hold and use”. Expert review site Phonearena.com mentioned “For the better portion of the last month, we’ve been toiling away getting comfy with some of the newest tablets to hit the market of late”. Expert review site Theinquirer.net said “The Blackberry tablet device is easy to hold with one ha”.

One Blackberry Playbook reviewer who purchased this tablet considered that it was easy to assemble.

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Good Technical Features

Some customers concluded that the Blackberry Playbook had good features. Cnet.com wrote in their review of the Blackberry Playbook “Its middling size diminishes many of its best features”. Five years ago expert review site About.com said in their Blackberry Playbook review “May 3 2011 - Research In Motions BlackBerry PlayBook has some excellent features in a compact package”. Toptenreviews.com mentioned “This device offers superb multitasking capabilities, excellent multimedia features and a fast processor” and scored it 4 stars.

Good Product Quality

Several people who purchased the product considered that it was good quality. Expert website Itproportal.com wrote in their review of the Blackberry Playbook “It's fantastically well made, its operating system is a pleasure to use”. Expert review site Pinoytechblog.com mentioned five years ago “Powerful tablet in a compact and quality” in their review of the Blackberry Playbook.

Good Connectivity

Six Blackberry Playbook reviewers who bought the product concluded that it had email functionality. Pcmag.com said on PC Mag “When RIM pushes out the updates to make the BlackBerry PlayBook a better tablet for e-mail, video chat” in their Blackberry Playbook review yet they only gave it a rating of 50 out of 100. Smh.com.au said in their review of this tablet five years ago “Technology columnists for its limited number of applications, lack of built-in email and inability to connect to mobile-phone networks - issues that won't be remedied until new software”. In the same month Expertreviews.co.uk scored the product very highly and said in their Blackberry Playbook review on expert website Expert Reviews “RIM's BlackBerry handsets have forged their own path in the smartphone world, with their secure email appealing to business users”.

Good Battery Life

A number of Blackberry Playbook owners who purchased the product thought it had a good battery life. Expert website Gcn.com wrote “Good battery life; good number of ports” in their Blackberry Playbook review. Five years ago expert review site Tech.uk.msn.com rated this tablet 4 stars and mentioned “What's great Spiffy-looking hardware that's super-fast, with an appealing operating system and good battery life”.

Good Size

Some Blackberry Playbook reviewers concluded that this tablet was compact. Expert website Stuff.tv wrote in their review of this tablet “Compact and super-slick.”. Expert website Digitalversus.com said four years ago “The PlayBook is a compact, fast tablet that's ideal for fans of BlackBerry smartphones” and scored this tablet 4 stars. Five years ago Ubergizmo.com said “The compact size and the performance”.

Blackberry Has Good Reviews for Its Tablets

We calculated the average reviews for all Blackberry tablets and also specifically for Blackberry OMAP4430 processor tablet computers and found that in both cases Blackberry had good reviews compared to other brands.

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Good Picture Quality

One person who bought the Blackberry Playbook concluded that it had good colour saturation. Jangly Mark said three years ago “There is no way to change the appearance of a website (as you can with the Firefox add-on'Stylish'), so, if certain colours hurt you eyes, then tough” in their review of this tablet yet they rated it 3 stars.

Good Sound Quality

One Blackberry Playbook owner reckoned that the product had good sound quality. Expert review site Themobileindian.com wrote in their review of the Blackberry Playbook “The name sounds a little more appropriate for something like a PSP killer device or some gaming”.

Flash Storage Medium

This tablet supports a Flash storage medium, which is typical of many tablets of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

The average front camera resolution of tablet computers that have been available for around the same time as the Playbook is 1.6MP. The Blackberry Playbook has a fairly high front camera resolution (3 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Playbook.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This tablet computer has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on comparable spec tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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6 Reasons Against

Not 3G Compatible

The Playbook is not 3G compatible. Most of the other tablets of a similar age and type to the Playbook are also not 3G compatible.

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Not 4G Compatible

Most tablets that are a similar age to the Playbook are not 4G compatible. The Blackberry Playbook is no exception to this as it too is not 4G compatible.

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Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 7 inches, the Playbook has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst comparable spec tablets of this age. The average screen size of tablets of this type and age is 9.1".

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Only 1024 X 600 Pixels Display Resolution

The Blackberry Playbook has a maximum display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. That's 40% less display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The worst display resolution of all tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Playbook is 800 x 400 pixels and the best is 2732 x 2048 pixels.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Playbook the processor clock speeds range from 0.9GHz to 1,300GHz. The Blackberry Playbook has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 1 gigahertz) amongst tablets of this age.

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Only 3.1 Bluetooth Version

The Playbook supports a 3.1 Bluetooth version which is newer than the 4 Bluetooth version supported by most tablet computers of this age and type. Across all tablets of a similar spec and age to the Playbook the worst Bluetooth version is 4.1 BLE and the best is 4.1.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Blackberry Playbook

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this Blackberry tablet was released.

Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 5 megapixels, the Blackberry Playbook has a relatively typical rear camera resolution compared to most of the other tablet computers that are a similar age to the Playbook.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

The Blackberry Playbook has a relatively standard internal storage capacity (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other tablet computers that are a similar age to the Playbook.

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Two Processor Cores

Compared to the other 113 comparable spec tablet computers that have been on the market for more than a year that we have assessed the number of processor cores of, the number of processor cores on the Playbook is two which is average.

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Specification

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Performance
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Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
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Expert Reviews

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29 April 2014

The Blackberry Playbook launched some time ago but with a few updates has been able to mature. However, this tablet still has a long way to go before it competes with the best tablets available... Read more…

10 April 2014

The BlackBerry PlayBook is geared toward enterprise customers, and offers both HTML5 and Flash goodness, as well as 1080p video, an HDMI port, microUSB port, and videoconferencing via dual onboard... Read more…

Hubofgadgets.com

4 February 2014

This review intends to inform the readers about the features and specifications of Blackberry Playbook tablet. The tablet has been designed to suit the environment of the user and while it is...

1 October 2013

In a lot of ways, the PlayBook is more polished and usable in its beta state than the Motorola Xoom, and it's straight-up the best seven-inch tablet out there (though in the tango between between...

Technave.sg

1 October 2013

In a lot of ways, the PlayBook is more polished and usable in its beta state than the Motorola Xoom, and it's straight-up the best seven-inch tablet out there (though in the tango between between...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 16 June 2011 by J. Potter

First a quick shot of context. I work with technology and test products for business suitability. I love Android for its open standards and I like IOS as an innovative technology despite disliking... Read more…

Reviewed 23 September 2012 by Vincent Collins

This is a great 7 inch tablet, had it a few weeks now, plenty of apps if your an app head then there isn't as many as the ipad app selection, to me there are more than enough, i bought it to surf... Read more…

Reviewed 5 April 2012 by Mr. W. Tatum

I am going to keep this short. I am 60 years old and this is my first tablet,I own a high end laptop so know my way around without being an expert. This Playbook is an excellent product,after two... Read more…

Reviewed 7 July 2011 by Drrenouf

I'm struggling to understand why playbook bashing seems to be such a popular sport right now. I've had my Playbook about a month - here's why I think it is a the best tablet of the bunch: - It's... Read more…

Reviewed 17 June 2011 by Amazon Customer

The PlayBook... where do I start? I received mine (34g) during mid May thanks to a friend who'd made a trip to the States. I have to confess I was nervous about it considering all the bad press... Read more…

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