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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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15 Reasons For

Nice Design

Sixteen Blackberry Playbook owners who reviewed the product thought it was good looking. Five years ago expert website Pcmag.com said “The good news is that the user interface for the new BlackBerry Tablet OS is beautiful, graceful” in their Blackberry Playbook review but even so they only gave it a rating of 50 out of 100. Also five years ago V3.co.uk gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “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 in their review of this tablet “The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet surely is one beautiful device”.

Several customers who purchased this tablet wrote that it was smooth. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned “RIM's 7in PlayBook offers a refreshing interface and smooth performance that live up to its name”. Mobilechoiceuk.com said in their review of this tablet “Butter smooth performance”. Thestar.com.my mentioned five years ago “RIM's first Tablet has an intuitive interface and buttery smooth performance.” in their review of the Blackberry Playbook.

Some customers who bought the product concluded that it was a good design. Expert website Slashgear.com wrote “The design soberly striking (annoying power button notwithstanding)”. Five years ago Pcper.com said “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 customer who reviewed the Blackberry Playbook considered that it was neat. Five years ago Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “The BlackBerry PlayBook is a neat, compact and capable tablet” in their review.

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Good Technical Features

Several Blackberry Playbook owners who purchased the Blackberry Playbook concluded that it had good features. Expert website Cnet.com wrote in their review of this tablet “Its middling size diminishes many of its best features”. Six years ago expert website Toptenreviews.com wrote in their review of the Blackberry Playbook “This device offers superb multitasking capabilities, excellent multimedia features and a fast processor”. Tomsguide.com mentioned “The tablets good features don't make up for the bad ones” in their review.

Robust

A few Blackberry Playbook reviewers concluded that this tablet was well made. Expert review site Whathifi.com said in their review “The company's first tablet looks to build on its impressive, smartphone-based reputation” . Whathifi.com also mentioned “Feeling solid with a matt finish”. Techspot.com wrote “The user experience is solid” in their review.

One customer who reviewed the product said that it was strong and durable. Whathifi.com mentioned “The PlayBook is a robust, more portable device than” in their Blackberry Playbook review and scored it 80 out of 100.

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Easy to Use

A number of Blackberry Playbook reviewers who purchased this tablet mentioned that it was easy to use. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au wrote in their review five years ago “However, beyond the great multitasking and intuitive UI”. Expert review site Mobilechoiceuk.com said “RIM’s first tablet device is a joy to use with innovative navigating controls” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Expert website Mobile88.com mentioned in their review “­navigating around in it is very intuitive with its flicks” .

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good interface. Expert website Laptopmag.com mentioned “The PlayBook has a well-designed interface and plenty of power under the hood for serious multitasking” in their review however despite that they only scored the Blackberry Playbook 50 out of 100. Expert website Gcn.com wrote in their review of this tablet “The interface is a good one” and gave this tablet a score of 80 out of 100. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned on Good Gear Guide.com.au “The BlackBerry PlayBook has a refreshing interface and excellent multitasking.”.

Four people who bought the product agreed that it had a good experience. Five years ago Pcadvisor.co.uk scored it 70 out of 100 and said on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “With it's full web-browsing experience, seemless server-side” in their review of this tablet. Four years ago expert review site 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.

Several people thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote on PC Advisor.co.uk “The BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 is a lovely device to hold and use”. Expert review site Phonearena.com said in their review of this tablet “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 wrote “The Blackberry tablet device is easy to hold with one ha” in their review.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was easy to assemble.

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Reasonably Priced

Some people who reviewed this tablet reckoned that it was good value for money. Jangly Mark wrote “And good value for the price -” but despite that they only rated the product 3 stars. Jangly Mark also wrote “It is a speedy, low cost alternative and nothing more”. Computershopper.com wrote “A huge price drop and revised OS make RIM's tablet much more appealing to consumers than the first version” in their review.

A few Blackberry Playbook reviewers said in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Expert website Theregister.co.uk gave it a score of 75 out of 100 and said five years ago “A good deal larger and minus the distinctive keyboard, RIM’s Playbook is a handsome machine, well-desi” in their review. Four years ago expert website Techview.co wrote “So as I mentioned recently, I bought one of the cheap BlackBerry PlayBooks on offer from Carphone Warehouse.I ha hope that the user experience had been massively improved” in their review of the Blackberry Playbook.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Blackberry Playbook reviewers agreed that this tablet was good quality. Expert review site Theinquirer.net said in their review of the Blackberry Playbook “The Playbook has a stylish design, feels well made and is nice”. Expert review site Itproportal.com said “It's fantastically well made, its operating system is a pleasure to use”. Pinoytechblog.com mentioned “Powerful tablet in a compact and quality”.

Good Connectivity

Six customers considered that it had email functionality. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website 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. Expert website Smh.com.au wrote “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 Blackberry Playbook review. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said “RIM's BlackBerry handsets have forged their own path in the smartphone world, with their secure email appealing to business users” in their review of the Blackberry Playbook and gave the Blackberry Playbook a very good rating.

Good Battery Life

Two Blackberry Playbook owners said in their reviews that the Blackberry Playbook had a good battery life. Gcn.com wrote in their review of the Blackberry Playbook “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

A number of Blackberry Playbook owners wrote in their reviews that this tablet was compact. About.com wrote in their review “May 3 2011 - Research In Motions BlackBerry PlayBook has some excellent features in a compact package” however they scored it 60 out of 100. Expert website Stuff.tv wrote in their review “Compact and super-slick.”. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of the Blackberry Playbook on expert website Digital Versus “The PlayBook is a compact, fast tablet that's ideal for fans of BlackBerry smartphones”.

Blackberry Tablet Computers Have Good Reviews

Based on 625 expert and owner reviews, Blackberry has good reviews for its tablets. Blackberry also has good reviews specifically within its OMAP4430 processor tablets range.

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Good Picture Quality

One person who bought the Blackberry Playbook thought it had good colour saturation. Jangly Mark mentioned in their review on Amazon “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”.

Good Sound Quality

One Blackberry Playbook owner who reviewed this tablet reckoned that it had good sound quality. Five years ago expert website Themobileindian.com gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned 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 computer supports a Flash storage medium, which is typical of many similar spec tablets that came out more than a year ago.

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Fairly High Front Camera Resolution

The average front camera resolution of tablets of this age and type is 1.6MP, and the front camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 5MP. At 3 megapixels, the Blackberry Playbook has a quite high front camera resolution compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that have been on the market for a similar time to 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 typical of many comparable spec tablets that came out more than a year ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Not 3G Compatible

The Blackberry Playbook is not 3G compatible. Most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that have been around for more than a year are also not 3G compatible.

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Not 4G Compatible

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

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Quite Small Screen Size

Across all the tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Playbook the screen sizes range from 5" to 14", and the average screen size is 9". With a screen size of only 7 inches, the Playbook has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec tablets that were released one year ago.

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Only 1024 X 600 Pixels Display Resolution

The biggest display resolution of the Playbook is 1024 x 600 pixels. That's 40% less display resolution than a 1280 x 800 pixels tablet, which is the most common display resolution. Across all tablet computers of a comparable type and age to the Playbook the best display resolution is 2732 x 2048 pixels and the worst is 800 x 400 pixels.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of similar spec tablets that have been available for more than a year is 0.9GHz, the fastest is 1,300GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 12GHz. At only 1 gigahertz, the Blackberry Playbook has a quite slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other tablets of a comparable spec and age to the Playbook.

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Only 3.1 Bluetooth Version

The Blackberry Playbook supports a 3.1 Bluetooth version which is newer than the 4 Bluetooth version supported by most comparable spec tablets that are a similar age to it. Across all tablets that are a similar age to the Playbook the Bluetooth version ranges from 4.1 BLE to 4.1.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Blackberry Playbook

Released Over a Year Ago

Blackberry released the Playbook over a year ago.

Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 5 megapixels, the Playbook has a fairly average rear camera resolution compared to most of the other tablets of a similar type and age to the Playbook.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

At 16 gigabytes, the Blackberry Playbook has a relatively standard internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablet computers of this type and age.

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Two Processor Cores

The number of processor cores on the Playbook is two which is average compared to the other 122 tablets that are a similar age to the Playbook that we have assessed the number of processor cores of.

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Specification

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Processor Model
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Core
Processor Architecture
Processor Family
Memory
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Integrated Card Reader
Storage Medium
Display
Screen Size
Aspect Ratio
Touch Screen Technology
Multi-Touch Technology
Display Technology
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording
Rear Camera
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Networking
4G Compatible
3G Compatible
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
Headphone Jack Size
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Micro HDMI Port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Performance
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
GPS
GPS
Design
Size
Form Factor
Colour
Processor Special Features
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
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Thickness
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Other Features
Kids Tablet
WiFi

12 Awards

Expert Reviews Best Buy PC Advisor.co.uk Best Buy gadgetspeak.com Highly Recommended gcn.com Editor's Choice hothardware.com Approved pcworld.com_techhive.com Business Ready Les Numeriques.com 5 Star pcforalla.idg.se Good Choice M3.idg.se Recommended pcactual.com Recommended hd-tecnologia.com Gold techstation.it Gold Performance

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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