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BlackBerry PlayBook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4185 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the reliability and design are overall positive. The screen and value for money also get good views, but many are less positive about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the BlackBerry PlayBook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 621 user reviews of BlackBerry PlayBook from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablet Computers on

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BlackBerry PlayBook - Tablet - 64 GB - 7" TFT ( 1024 x 600 ) - rear camera + front camera - Wi-Fi, BluetoothBlackBerry PlayBook - Tablet - 16 GB - 7" TFT ( 1024 x 600 ) - rear camera + front camera - Wi-Fi, BluetoothBlackBerry PlayBook Rapid Travel Charger

Consumer review by: review summary for BlackBerry PlayBook


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1618 user reviews of BlackBerry PlayBook from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Tablets on

usability, value for money, screen, reliability, responsiveness

features, connectivity

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (32GB)Blackberry Playbook 7-Inch Tablet (64GB)BlackBerry PlayBook Charging Pod + Rapid Wall Charger (Non-Retail Packaging)

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Review BlackBerry Playbook WiFi 16GB Tablet/MID


Professional gamer? Blackberry touts its tablet as a symbiosis of

Handy size; Stable case; Brilliant colors / good contrast; Bright TFT for outdoors; HDMI video out; Long battery life; Operating concept

Only 12 month manufacturer warranty; Time Out can't be disabled; No virtual environment for Android apps; No email client; No SD card slot

On the Android system side, we see the Sony Tablet P / Tablet S as such due to its handy size. The Dell Streak 7" is also handy, but doesn't have a viewing angle stable screen. The HTC Flyer 7" WiFi +3G proliferates with Access Point function and Magic...


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BlackBerry PlayBook: Great Tablet, But Not Much to Play With


Once an industry darling, Research in Motion (RIM), the company that makes BlackBerry devices, has lately been navigating stormy seas. RIM's market share has fallen in key markets like the US thanks to smartphones powered by a visibly aging OS and...

I have to admit that the PlayBook grew on me. In a line, it’s a great tablet with a lousy app store—it’s almost like RIM built a supercar but there's hardly any road to drive it on. In many ways, because of that the PlayBook may remain a companion to...

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Blackberry Playbook Review


Playbook Review - this complete review of the Blackberry playbook goes over the most popular aspects of using this tablet computer in the real world.

apparently, even the most powerful tablets cannot handle HD video streaming while managing two displays simultaneously.


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BlackBerry PlayBook


(UPDATE: Please read our review of BlackBerry PlayBook's 2.0 software update. It adds email, calendar, and some other features that we were critical of in this review.)

Great design and sharp screen ; Unique OS ; Fun, intuitive gestures ; Android, Java app support coming ; Great keyboard ; Best in class browser

Launch apps plentiful, but lacking quality ; Screen size may be too small for some ; BlackBerry Bridge has limitations ; No native email, calendar apps

The PlayBook is not an “iPad killer, but if you're a BlackBerry phone user or are dying for a tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook might be worth a look.

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BlackBerry PlayBook


The BlackBerry PlayBook is a powerful and good-looking tablet, but buggy software and the need to tether a phone to get BlackBerry e-mail and other key apps hold it back.

It's not really a matter of too little, too late with the BlackBery PlayBook. If anything, RIM's first tablet feels as if it was rushed to market. The PlayBook has a well-designed interface and plenty of power under the hood for serious multitasking....

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BlackBerry PlayBook Review


Until today, the consumer tablet market has been defined by the battle between iPad and Android. Apple's best-selling slate has set expectations for mobile utility and usability, managing to persuade users that – despite years of Microsoft Tablet PC...

The future for the PlayBook looks distinctly different to the tablet it is now, however. Android app compatibility, more native software, the ability to use email, calendar and other core apps without a “Bridge” to a BlackBerry phone – they’ll all...

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BlackBerry PlayBook ( 64GB)


Editors' note: Thanks to the release of recent, high-quality tablets , the overall score of the Playbook has been adjusted down from 7.3 to 6.

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is a fast, powerful 7-inch tablet with HDMI output, advanced multitasking and security, and a browser that integrates Adobe Flash 10.2 for a desktop-style Web experience.

The 7-inch screen cramps the powerful browser; the wake button is difficult to push; and app selection trails the competition.

The BlackBerry PlayBook ably showcases RIM's powerful new mobile operating system, but its middling size diminishes many of its best features.

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BlackBerry PlayBook review


To say that the BlackBerry PlayBook — and a review of the PlayBook — is something of an anticipated event would be an understatement. From the first moment the tech community caught wind (and sight) of Research In Motion's first foray into the tablet...

Handsome design ; Gestures make the OS easy to navigate ; Good battery life

Software feels sloppy ; No native email or calendar ; Third-party support is awful

RIM tries to enter a one horse race with the PlayBook — but does it have what it takes to stand up to the iPad?

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BlackBerry Tablet Lacks All the Right Moves


RIM's tablet exudes the same "business chic" as its BlackBerry smartphones, but the PlayBook's software suffers from lackluster Flash performance and the absence of useful apps.

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The BlackBerry PlayBook Review


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...

One mistake I believe a lot of members of the press make is assuming that today's two-horse race is representative of the future of this industry. While Apple and Google are clearly out to a substantial lead, there are still more revolutions that will...

Product Specifications

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet delivers professional-grade, consumer-friendly experiences that redefine the possibilities of mobile computing. This ultra-portable tablet looks and feels great, measuring less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound. It features a vivid 7-inch high-resolution display that is highly-responsive with a fluid touch screen experience. It also offers industry leading performance, uncompromised web browsing with support for Adobe Flash Player 10.2, true multitasking, HD multimedia, advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a robust development environment.


Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in / No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Keyboard: No
Phone Function: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Technology:TFT Display
LED Backlight: No
Number of Displays:1
Touchscreen:Multi-touch / One-Point Touch

General Features

Operating System:RIM
Operating System Version:BB 7 AND BELOW


Brand of Graphic Chip:Not Applicable
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Not Applicable
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic
OnBoard Graphic Chip:OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Not Applicable
Chipset Type:Not Applicable
Processor Brand:ARM
Processor Number:CORTEX-A9