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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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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Review
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14 Reasons For

Easy to Use

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Six years ago expert website Goodgearguide.com.au wrote “However, beyond the great multitasking and intuitive UI”. Also six years ago expert review site Mobilechoiceuk.com said in their review “RIM’s first tablet device is a joy to use with innovative navigating controls”. Expert website Mobile88.com said in their Blackberry Playbook review “­navigating around in it is very intuitive with its flicks”.

Some customers who purchased this tablet agreed that it had a good interface. Laptopmag.com mentioned “The PlayBook has a well-designed interface and plenty of power under the hood for serious multitasking”. Expert website Gcn.com mentioned “The interface is a good one” and scored it 4 stars. Goodgearguide.com.au rated the product 4 stars and wrote on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “RIM's 7in PlayBook offers a refreshing interface and smooth performance that live up to its name”.

Several people agreed that this tablet had a good experience. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote in their review of the Blackberry Playbook six years ago “With it's full web-browsing experience, seemless server-side” . Techspot.com wrote in their Blackberry Playbook review “The user experience is solid”. Vr-Zone.com said “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.

Several Blackberry Playbook owners who purchased the Blackberry Playbook concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Five years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk said on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “The BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 is a lovely device to hold and use” in their review of this tablet. Expert website Phonearena.com said “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” in their review of the Blackberry Playbook. Theinquirer.net wrote “The Blackberry tablet device is easy to hold with one ha”.

One Blackberry Playbook reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was easy to assemble. Expert website Whathifi.com mentioned “The company's first tablet looks to build on its impressive, smartphone-based reputation” .

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Good Technical Features

A few customers who reviewed this tablet agreed that it had good features. Expert review site Cnet.com scored the product 4 stars and said six years ago “Its middling size diminishes many of its best features” in their review. Also six years ago expert review site About.com mentioned “May 3 2011 - Research In Motions BlackBerry PlayBook has some excellent features in a compact package”. Expert website Toptenreviews.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “This device offers superb multitasking capabilities, excellent multimedia features and a fast processor” in their review of this tablet.

Nice Design

Some customers who bought this tablet reckoned that it was good looking. Expert website Pcmag.com said “The good news is that the user interface for the new BlackBerry Tablet OS is beautiful, graceful” however they scored the product 50 out of 100. Expert review site V3.co.uk said six years ago “RIM is not the only company to go with the 'small is beautiful' philosophy when it comes to tablet design.”. Expert website Etechreviews.com mentioned “The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet surely is one beautiful device” in their review.

Four people who purchased this tablet considered that it was smooth. Expert website Mobilechoiceuk.com mentioned “Butter smooth performance” and rated this tablet 4 stars. Expert website Thestar.com.my wrote “RIM's first Tablet has an intuitive interface and buttery smooth performance.” in their Blackberry Playbook review. Six years ago expert review site Pinoytechblog.com wrote “It's a very smooth and powerful tablet in a compact”.

Two customers who reviewed the Blackberry Playbook agreed that it was a good design. Expert review site Slashgear.com said in their review of this tablet “The design soberly striking (annoying power button notwithstanding)”. Pcper.com wrote six years ago “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 the Blackberry Playbook.

One person who bought this tablet wrote that it was neat. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “The BlackBerry PlayBook is a neat, compact and capable tablet” but even so they gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Robust

Nine customers who purchased the Blackberry Playbook thought it was well made. Six years ago expert review site Whathifi.com wrote “Feeling solid with a matt finish” in their review. Four years ago Howtospendit.ft.com mentioned “It has a chunky, solid feel” in their Blackberry Playbook review. Bgr.com said in their review “The PlayBook is a very solid product, from the hardware to brand new operating system, I love where RIM is going” .

One Blackberry Playbook reviewer who reviewed this tablet thought it was strong and durable. Whathifi.com said in their review “The PlayBook is a robust, more portable device than”.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers concluded that the product was good quality. Expert review site Theinquirer.net said “The Playbook has a stylish design, feels well made and is nice”. Five years ago expert review site Itproportal.com wrote “It's fantastically well made, its operating system is a pleasure to use” in their Blackberry Playbook review. Expert website Pinoytechblog.com said “Powerful tablet in a compact and quality” in their review.

Good Connectivity

Six customers said in their reviews that the product had email functionality. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “When RIM pushes out the updates to make the BlackBerry PlayBook a better tablet for e-mail, video chat”. Expert website Smh.com.au mentioned “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 their review of the Blackberry Playbook. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “RIM's BlackBerry handsets have forged their own path in the smartphone world, with their secure email appealing to business users” in their Blackberry Playbook review.

Good Battery Life

Some customers reckoned that the Blackberry Playbook had a good battery life. Gcn.com wrote in their review of this tablet five years ago “Good battery life; good number of ports” . Tech.uk.msn.com said in their Blackberry Playbook review “What's great Spiffy-looking hardware that's super-fast, with an appealing operating system and good battery life”.

Good Size

Several people said that this tablet was compact. Expert website Stuff.tv wrote “Compact and super-slick.” in their review and scored it 4 stars. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of this tablet on expert website Digital Versus “The PlayBook is a compact, fast tablet that's ideal for fans of BlackBerry smartphones”. Ubergizmo.com wrote in their review “The compact size and the performance”.

Blackberry Tablet Computers Have Good Reviews

Based on 624 expert and owner reviews, Blackberry has good ratings for its tablets. Blackberry also has good ratings specifically within its OMAP4430 processor tablet computers range.

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Good Sound Quality

One Blackberry Playbook reviewer reckoned that it had good sound quality. Expert website Themobileindian.com wrote “The name sounds a little more appropriate for something like a PSP killer device or some gaming” .

Flash Storage Media

This tablet supports a Flash storage media, which is the most commonly supported storage media on tablets of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Multi-Touch Touch Technology

The multi-touch technology of this tablet is Multi-touch, which is typical of many tablets of this spec and age.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution (numeric)

The Blackberry Playbook has a quite high front camera resolution (numeric) (3 megapixels) compared to most of the other tablet computers of this age and spec. Across all the similar spec tablets that are a comparable age to the Playbook the front camera resolution (numeric)s range from 0.3MP to 5MP, and the average front camera resolution (numeric) is 1.6MP.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This tablet has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on tablets that were launched more than a year ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Not 3G

The Blackberry Playbook is not 3G, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec tablets that have been around for around the same time as the Playbook are also not 3G.

If you want a tablet computer that is 3G then you might also want to look at the Apple iPad Mini[plb_2917739_price].

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Not 4G

The Playbook is not 4G. Most of the other tablet computers that have been on the market for more than a year are also not 4G.

If you would prefer a tablet that is 4G then you might want to consider the Apple iPad Mini[plb_2917739_price].

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Very Small Display Diagonal

The Playbook has a fairly small display diagonal (only 7 inches) compared to most of the other tablet computers of a similar age and spec to the Playbook. The smallest display diagonal of tablets that have been available for around the same time as the Playbook is 5.5", the largest is 16", and the average display diagonal is 9.2".

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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. Across all comparable spec tablets that have been on the market for more than a year the display resolution ranges from 800 x 400 pixels to 3840 x 2560 pixels.

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Quite Slow Processor Frequency

The slowest processor frequency of tablets that have been around for more than a year is 1GHz and the fastest is 1,300GHz. The Playbook has a fairly slow processor frequency (only 1 gigahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec tablets that were released one year ago.

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Only 3.1 Bluetooth Version

The Playbook supports a newer Bluetooth version than most tablet computers of a similar age and spec to it. This tablet computer supports a 3.1 bluetooth version, whereas most tablets that came out around the same time as it support a 4 bluetooth version. The best Bluetooth version of all tablet computers that have been around for around the same time as the Playbook is 4.1 and the worst is 4.1 BLE.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Blackberry Playbook

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this tablet computer was released.

Average Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)

With a rear camera resolution (numeric) of 5 megapixels, the Playbook has a relatively average rear camera resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec tablets that have been around for more than a year.

Alternative 5MP rear camera resolution tablet computers currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Apple iPad Mini[plb_2917739_price].

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

The Playbook has a relatively average internal storage capacity (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that came out more than a year ago.

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Two Processor Coress

The number of processor coress on the Playbook is two which is average compared to the other 140 comparable spec tablets that have been available for more than a year that we have assessed the number of processor coress of.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Model
Processor Frequency
Processor Cores
Processor Architecture
Processor Family
Memory
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System Installed
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Storage Media
Display
Display Diagonal
Aspect Ratio
Touchscreen Type
Touch Technology
Display Technology
Touchscreen
Display Resolution
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording
Rear Camera
Audio
Number of Built-In Speakers
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker(s)
Networking
4G
3G
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Bluetooth
Top Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
Headphone Connectivity
Microphone in
Headphone Out
Micro HDMI Ports Quantity
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Performance
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
GPS (satellite)
Position Location
Design
Device Type
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Other Features
Wi-Fi

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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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