BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Review

Posted: May 5, 2011
BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Review

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


  • $500 for a 16 GB version

Overall Rating

  • 3 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • Even though we think it's one of the slickest tablets we've used, it's still lacking in the e-mail and apps department
  • Once RIM fixes those problems, this is easily a four or a five

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Comments are Closed

  • clubf00t

    3 out of 5...really? more apps r coming out every day and flash support, not to mention the super responsive screen with smooth OS, 5 for 5 easy. jewed up score just because it not a apple product...

    Posted: May 11, 2011 2:37 PM
  • xcel120

    i think this should of got a 4 out of 5 i mean come one the accer iconia a500 tab got a 4, and i have one its awful

    Posted: May 9, 2011 5:53 PM