RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet weighs just under a pound with a 7" multi-touch screen, dual core processor and Flash-enabled web browsing. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review its features like dual cameras, 1080p video recording and more for $500.
What You Need to Know
It's obviously a lot smaller than the iPad 2 and most other tablets we've reviewed?
The power button is incredibly hard to press, but you don't have to swipe to unlock once you've pressed it
Blackberry has a completely new touch screen interface on the PlayBook
The screen itself is super responsive, and the usual pinching and zooming works like a charm
You can move icons around in the menus, but there isn't much else in the way of customization
Launching apps is really fast
It's incredibly similar to Palm's webOS, where applications launch in windows and you can switch between them; we liked webOS, and we really like this too
In order to get back to the home screen or switch between apps, you have to swipe from the edges of the screen, which might feel odd at first, but it turns out to be a very elegant solution
The PlayBook's web browser supports Adobe Flash and HTML 5
When comparing it to an Android tablet, it'll load Flash-heavy sites just as fast, and it feels smoother when navigating
Pinching, zooming, and opening different tabs is also very quick
The only problem is the 7” screen
It also has a 3 megapixel camera on the front and a 5 megapixel on the back, and they can both record 1080p video
The front camera is actually a much better quality than most tablets, but it looks grainy, even in normal light
The back camera doesn't have a flash, so it also suffers from the same graininess
Overall, they work, but not quite as good as you want them to
There's 3,000 apps available, but none of the big ones like Angry Birds, etc.
RIM is planning on opening up some Android apps for download, but that won't happen till the summer
RIM will be releasing a native e-mail app in the coming months through a software update