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Grab it, wipe it, put 'driod on it or keep it stock. Thats a great price for any tablet. It's good for internet and games/emulators, but not too much else.
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Grab it, wipe it, put 'driod on it or keep it stock. Thats a great price for any tablet. It's good for internet and games/emulators, but not too much else.

You aren't that familiar with tablets are you? Its not a PC. You can't just wipe the hard drive and install a new OS.

A $200 Playbook is only a deal if you can't get a Kindle Fire, which is also $200 and has the benefit of running Android. The Playbook can run some Android apps in a virtualized environment, but its far from an ideal solution.
    
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I was just about to ask the same thing...
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Grab it, wipe it, put 'driod on it or keep it stock. Thats a great price for any tablet. It's good for internet and games/emulators, but not too much else.

You aren't that familiar with tablets are you? Its not a PC. You can't just wipe the hard drive and install a new OS.

A $200 Playbook is only a deal if you can't get a Kindle Fire, which is also $200 and has the benefit of running Android. The Playbook can run some Android apps in a virtualized environment, but its far from an ideal solution.

Android does not offer MS Office...doesn't the playbook have office? It'll be limited, but it is better then nothing.

I'm only looking for it as an e-reader, internet browser, e-text, view documents, voice recorder, etc....but it has no expansion port...ugh
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The Playbook does come with basic office apps, but they aren't any better than Google Docs that comes with Android.

And the Blackberry doesn't have much when it comes to eBook software. Last I checked they have Kindle and a few amateur eBook reading apps. None of them are any good. Chances are you'll end up trying to run one of the many far superior Android apps like FBReader, Aldiko, or Moon+.

You'll also be left behind on the browser front. QNX has a decent browser, but its nothing compared to a full featured, HW accelerated Chrome in ICS.


I was considering getting one around Boxing day but ultimately decided against it, even at $160 refurbished. You can grab a refurb Kindle Fire on eBay for around $200 shipped to Canada, and a new one for under $250 shipped, and were I to get a tablet today that's what I'd probably do.
    
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You aren't that familiar with tablets are you? Its not a PC. You can't just wipe the hard drive and install a new OS.
A $200 Playbook is only a deal if you can't get a Kindle Fire, which is also $200 and has the benefit of running Android. The Playbook can run some Android apps in a virtualized environment, but its far from an ideal solution.

I have plenty of experience with android devices, not blackberry. I was incorrect about the port, as I thought there was one already. There's even a android port for my TP2. Great way to get off on the wrong foot.

And yes, for android devices, you do wipe and install another "OS". It may not be a wipe "literally" like a computer, but the filesystem is re-partitioned and data is lost during an install of another rom. That's a "wipe" to me.

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I was just about to ask the same thing...
Android does not offer MS Office...doesn't the playbook have office? It'll be limited, but it is better then nothing.
I'm only looking for it as an e-reader, internet browser, e-text, view documents, voice recorder, etc....but it has no expansion port...ugh

It doesn't offer MS Office, but there are a few different application suits that can create/view/edit office files that work very well. Polaris Office is what I use on my tab currently, but I have Documents to go too.

I forgot about the kindle fire, I have a co-worker that have honeycomb on his and he loves it. That's a great alternative. The stock "rom" isn't too bad either.
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Best bang for your buck 7" android tablet out now is the Iview 760TPC. Chinese company (Ployo i think) Rebranded in the USA by Iview from Chino, CA. $130 bucks at NewEgg. Great little machine. I received a playbook from my boss. Gae it away. Clunky, heavy...hated it. If you are going to use a tablet like i do, time killer commuting, music, movie, games and surfing etc.... Save your money. Get the 760TPC.


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might be a bit late on to comment, but if you own a blackberry phone already then its totally worth it.

the OS2.0 fleshed out all the features that were needed originally and you can do a lot more with the bridge app from the BB phone.


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i think that its okay for general things
i have a blackebry my self and was planning on buying it fors its bbm intergration and the price which i couldn't believe
ultimately i think that android OS will beat blackberry in the market just because so many devicess already have it and developers really like that
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