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I suppose it's fitting that I should be the one to write our PlayBook review. Before Android and the iPhone, there were two mobile platforms/devices that I was hugely fond of: the Palm V and my BlackBerry. In fact, it wasn't until the iPhone that I finally let go of my last BlackBerry - moving on from the email era into the smartphone age.

Today's BlackBerry is of course very different than the devices I used in college. And the PlayBook is unlike anything RIM has ever done.

I don't believe any tablet maker has perfected the formula just yet. I made that abundantly clear in our review of the iPad 2. While you can't argue that Apple is the forerunner in the smartphone based tablet space, over the long term I still believe this is anyone's game. Remember, the leaders in the early days of the PC industry weren't the ones who ultimately dominated the mature market.
    
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To sum it up, it's not a bad rig, but the biggest thing is whether RIM stands behind it.
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To be fair though its far closer to actual competition than RIM's previous efforts, so it should do well.

Had they taken their usual approach it would be powered by Hummingbird and cost $50 more than the competition, just like how the Torch was $40 more than the iPhone 4, despite being inferior to the Droid 1.
    
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I can't wait to see how it evolves. While the ipads are nice, they are not at all easy to manage, If the Blackberries have encryption and show some good enterprise support tools, then I know many organizations would adopt it.
    
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The black PlayBook, with its angular edges and aphotic styling, looks absolutely nondescript, added acceptable to accessible up a wormhole about in orbit about Jupiter than bound into someone's easily at retail.Graphics are handled by a PowerVR design, which absolutely calmly offloads video adaptation and gaming dispatch from the processor.
Why are you quoting the Engadget review? Or should I say misquoting:

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The black PlayBook, with its angular edges and dark styling, looks decidedly nondescript, more likely to open up a wormhole somewhere in orbit around Jupiter than leap into someone's hands at retail.
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Graphics are handled by a PowerVR design, which quite handily offloads video decoding and gaming acceleration from the processor, enabling this thing to decode and display 1080p video over HDMI while still ticking along quite smoothly and running productivity apps on the seven-inch display.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/13/b...aybook-review/
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lmao ^

Edit.. There isn't a member that goes by that name? I'm more lost than ever.
Edited by Search - 4/28/11 at 6:31am
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I just added a name so people would know it was from the Engadget article, then I added the link.

You can attach any name to a quote:

[*quote=Insert name here] Some text. [*/quote]

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Not bad Blackberry, not bad at all...

Hmm... Might have to see where this goes in the next year or so. Might grab meself one. ^^

Am a HUGE blackberry nerd.
     
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I tried one out in store the other day. It feels nice, the UI is very fluid, but the lack of buttons kills it for me.

I remembered that the bezel was touch sensitive, but it still took me 2 minutes just to figure out how to close an app, since its not very responsive. Given time I suppose you could get used to it, but the lack of even a home button is alarming.
    
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This looked pretty solid in Linus' video comparison against the Asus tablet and the iPad2. I wouldn't mind one myself if I had a use for it.
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