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BlackBerry PlayBook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8223 reviews of BlackBerry PlayBook. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and size. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the GPS navigation. There are some negative opinions about the apps and battery.

usability, price, performance, size, screen

battery, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the BlackBerry PlayBook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for BlackBerry PlayBook


alaTest has collected and analyzed 642 user reviews of BlackBerry PlayBook from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on People are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the reliability, while there are some negative reviews about the storage and apps.

usability, performance, price, portability, screen

apps, storage

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for BlackBerry PlayBook


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1630 user reviews of BlackBerry PlayBook from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the portability and size. The performance and price are also appreciated, but there are mixed reviews on the GPS navigation and reliability.

usability, price, performance, size, portability

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2020

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 review


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BlackBerry Remote app is hugely useful ; Android compatibility ; Finally, email

Android app selection is very limited ; Still no native BBM ; Too little, too late

The BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 update adds much-needed functionality that should have been there at the beginning.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (

BlackBerry PlayBook review


The words "play" and "book" are a bit of an odd choice for RIM's latest attempt at consumer relevance, a tablet that, at its core, runs one of the most

Responsive performance ; Strong enterprise chops ; Solid hardware

Occasionally glitchy software ; Missing apps ; Expensive for a seven-incher

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : David Pierce (

BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 review


When we reviewed the BlackBerry PlayBook back in April, we couldn't help feeling the device's insides didn't match its outsides. The PlayBook is a well-built, good-looking device, but its software...

Much improved performance ; Email, calendar, contacts apps are finally native ; Smart UI enhancements

Still some bugs, particularly with scrolling ; Android app selection is weak ; Email app could be better

It's a legitimate Kindle Fire competitor, but it can't best the iPad

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0


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Feb, 2012

Expert review by : JoannaStern (

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...

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

I don't know why you'd buy this over an iPad, and I don't think RIM does either

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Donald Bell (

BlackBerry PlayBook review


Editors' note: An updated version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS (PlayBook OS 2.0) is now available as a free over-the-air update. The new software includes native e-mail, calendar, contacts, and broader app support. We updated this review on February...

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.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Mike Isaac (

Review: RIM BlackBerry Playbook


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...

Sexy design appeals to the Mies in you. Media is a joy with a brilliant display, great sound and an HDMI output. Two cameras: one on the front, a better one on the back. Supports tethering to BlackBerry phones. Comes with office-productivity apps that...

RIM’s WebKit-based browser is about as stable as your bipolar uncle. No native e-mail, calendar or contacts apps. App ecosystem is lacking. You’ll need to install a driver before you can connect it to your PC or Mac. Runs Flash, sorta

Apr, 2011

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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook


The Wi-Fi-only BlackBerry PlayBook comes in three storage capacities—16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), and 64GB ($699). The PlayBook is priced identically to the Wi-Fi-only Apple iPad 2 for the same storage capacities. Currently there's no version with...

Excellent user interface. Sharp, beautiful screen. Top-notch browser with full Flash-video support. Wirelessly transfers files to and from computers on same network. Internet tethering with Blackberry phones works well—and it's free

Some hardware issues and significant software bugs. No native e-mail support at launch—only browser bookmarks for Webmail sites. Bridge support for BlackBerry phone sync is not yet finalized. No video chat despite front-facing camera

When RIM pushes out the updates to make the BlackBerry PlayBook a better tablet for e-mail, video chat, and productivity, we'll revisit this rating. For now, though, it's outmatched by competitors with more versatile and complete feature sets.

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (

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...

Apr, 2011

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Review BlackBerry Playbook WiFi 16GB Tablet/MID


Professional gamer? Blackberry touts its tablet as a symbiosis of entertainment and work. Is the BlackBerry Tablet OS worth being tied to? After all, that excludes the large selection of apps on the Android Market.

Handy size, Stable case, Brilliant colors / good contrast, Bright TFT for outdoors, HDMI video out, Long battery life, Operating concept, The control concept with swiping over the lateral edges. The super bright screen is a knockout

Only 12 month manufacturer warranty, Time Out can't be disabled, No virtual environment for Android apps, No email client, No SD card slot, A timeout of more than five minutes

Dec, 2011