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Officially announced in September of last year, the long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook finally goes on sale April 19th, with a starting price of $499. Featuring the all-new BlackBerry Tablet OS, the PlayBook sports a 7" display that makes this tablet more portable for everyday use than Apple's iPad.

With solid hardware specs, an operating system that utilizes a gesture-based user interface to deliver true multitasking capabilities and a web browser that supports Adobe Flash, on paper the PlayBook appears to have the raw talent to be a contender. Heck, it even won the first ever Tablet World Series before it was ever released. But pre-release hype is one thing and real-world performance is another. RIM hopes to leverage their success in smartphones and emerge as a major competitor in the tablet game when it steps up to the plate. Does the PlayBook have what it takes to crank out a homerun? Read our full review to find out!
I've been quite excited about this device since I'm an avid Blackberry user. I just now opened the review, so now it's time to read.
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I've been quite excited about this device since I'm an avid Blackberry user. I just now opened the review, so now it's time to read.
So finally they decided to take away Blackberry's THE biggest selling point, which is a physical keyboard!!! It's not a Blackberry anymore without a keyboard!

I kid, I kid.

Another tablet in the market. Good for competition.
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Will this be the business tablet?

Please be able to connect to a database!
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So finally they decided to take away Blackberry's THE biggest selling point, which is a physical keyboard!!! It's not a Blackberry anymore without a keyboard!

I kid, I kid.

Another tablet in the market. Good for competition.
Yeah, I'm not a big fan of Blackberries without a keyboard. I have always loved the keyboards on Blackberries. I think that they are great. But it's a tablet. I think it would be weird if a tablet had a keyboard. But in the review, it is shown being able to bluetooth connect a mouse and keyboard and be able to use it. Quite interesting.

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Will this be the business tablet?

Please be able to connect to a database!
It's not really a "business" tablet. While it's aimed at business, it's more of a personal device. I will see what happens etc with it, and maybe purchase one. I like what Blackberry is doing with it, and being able to possibly emulate Android apps, that's going to be amazing.
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I really like the look of it, but like you said it's for personal business use.

We're actually looking at getting a tablet where i work to show clients stuff on, so it would be useful to be able to access the customer database on it while we're doing that.

A man can dream i suppose.
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Will this be the business tablet?

Please be able to connect to a database!
I can't imagine this being marketed to anyone BUT businesses. Hell, I work for a hospital's IT department and after seeing how junk the HP Slates are, I can assure you the higher ups are looking to get some of these to test with the absolute abundance of Blackberry users around here.

Doctors always love the newest gadgets. First the iPad, then the Slate, then the iPad 2, and now the Playbook...it never ends.
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I really like the look of it, but like you said it's for personal business use.

We're actually looking at getting a tablet where i work to show clients stuff on, so it would be useful to be able to access the customer database on it while we're doing that.

A man can dream i suppose.
From the reviews, can't really tell if it can do those types of things since these reviews are for more of the common person looking to buy the device for a web browser etc. Not really looking/reviewing it in the business aspect, but more of the personal aspect.

I can't wait to see what else the Playbook has to offer. To be honest, I really like the whole Blackberry Bridge portion of it. Being able to bridge my Blackberry smartphone with my Blackberry Tablet and being able to use BBM or use/view my emails etc from my Blackberry smartphone. I think this device has a lot of potential.

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I can't imagine this being marketed to anyone BUT businesses. Hell, I work for a hospital's IT department and after seeing how junk the HP Slates are, I can assure you the higher ups are looking to get some of these to test with the absolute abundance of Blackberry users around here.

Doctors always love the newest gadgets. First the iPad, then the Slate, then the iPad 2, and now the Playbook...it never ends.
It's marketed to the average consumer as well, I mean it's being sold at Best Buy, Office Max etc. So they're not only going after businesses, but they are also going after people like me, that doesn't use their Blackberry for business but use it for personal use. I think has a dual role.
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It seems to me that a 7-inch playbook and a blackberry could be a nice combination. Use the phone for phone things (talking, texting, etc) and use the larger (but still portable) playbook for "smartphone" things (video, web, games, etc). Especially with free tethering, I could see this as a great combo (if the next itineration includes a SD slot). I love that the playbook uses a microkernel, but I think that by the time the application software is ready, Blackberry will have to release a newer tablet to keep pace, so I think I'll just wait.

I still think that the playbook needs to mature its software a bit (Though I love that it uses a microkernel).

edit: It also needs gorilla glass (or to show that it's glass is comparable)
Edited by hajile - 4/14/11 at 8:41am
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Looks sweet, the form factor is surprisingly really nice and that new QNX os seems quick and fluid.
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From what I've read, this is geared primarily towards enterprise use and business folks. Which I personally believe to be a pre-emptive copout for it's inevitably low sales.
 
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