Video: Blackberry PlayBook hands on!

Blackberry first unveiled the Playbook back in September last year, since then we’ve seen and heard a lot about it.

Sadly for RIM we’ve also seen millions of iPad sales and the iPad 2 get it’s launch before the Blackberry tablet.

I got my hands on the Playbook and I have to admit, it’s a really nice device.

Sie-wise it’s great with a 7″ screen and good thickness to it, you feel good holding it. It’s not awkward like the first iPad.

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It can handle games and video perfectly as you would expect, and can handle a number of them at the same time.

Open apps appear like cards, similar to WebOS, and stay running when put in the background.

There weren’t many apps but the ones I got to play with worked well.

So how does Blackberry hope to compete with Apple? They brag that you get the ‘full web experience’ on the Playbook with HTML5 and Flash 10.1 that you wouldn’t get with the iPad.

Meaning you can log into your Facebook and use Facebook chat for example.

Blackberry were keen to put Blackberry Bridge across to me. What Bridge does is that it synchs your Playbook via bluetooth to your Blackberry smartphone giving you access to your contacts and mail securely. If someone ran away with your Playbook then your contacts etc. remain safe on your phone.

While this sounds good, what would’ve been better is to have a Playbook version of Blackberry Exchange Server. The boys at Blackberry couldn’t give me a straight answer as to whether this will be available in the near future.

On the whole I was really impressed with the Playbook. As a device it was well built and the operating system was easy to use and quite intuitive. It seemed to handle whatever I threw at it and is a great size.

Is it better than the iPad 2? I doubt it from what I’ve seen but this is definitely a welcome addition to the tablet market.

I was surprised that this will mainly be a consumer tablet but I’m sure Blackberry will develop apps etc. to make the Playbook something that’s for work and play.

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Just a point of clarification. How do you define better? As in better/not better than an iPad. It seems to be different and does somethings much better than an iPad (but has far fewer apps for example).
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"Is it better than the iPad 2? I doubt it from what I've seen" What makes you doubt it? I've researched both, and find the playbook to be the more compelling option for the size, horsepower, flash and gorgeous appearance.
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I was thinking about the whole package really. The iPad2 has a better screen, it's lighter and is a far more developed OS plus the fact that the app library is not only huge but top quality too. Don't get me wrong the Playbook was really impressive but, taking my hatred for Apple out of it, I think the iPad2 edges it. Personally, I would prefer the Playbook because of it's size, UI and my disliking for Apple products. Only time will tell which is better.
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Is it better than the Ipad 2? Well Yes, Ipad 2 is clocked at 900MHZ. Playbook is suppose to be clocked at 1GHZ, so I am going to Assume it is, cause RIM isn't like Apple. Playbook has 5MP in Back and 3MP in Front, and the Ipad 2 has less than 1MP Camera. Flash on Playbook compared to Ipad 2. Definitely better Multi-tasking and Usability on the Playbook. The only thing that would make the Ipad 2 Shine is the applications. However, RIM soon will have that too.
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I'd say if it can handle Daylight Savings Time, it will beat the IOS.
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While the appearance and initial friendliness of a tablet are clearly quite important, the reason Apple dominates the market is because of the software experience. This is the key point, in fact. It appears to be easy to overlook, judging by the number of journalists who prioritise the hardware. But the reason you see so many people clustered around the iPad/iPod Touch tables in an Apple Store is because the operating system itself is easy and very quick to use, and because the apps and framework interface logic are so well designed and enjoyable to use. Other developers are gradually catching up - the latest Android is very, very impressive, and I've always liked WebOS - but the Apple experience is defined, as so often in the past, by its sheer seamlessness. Whether or not you like the Apple modus operandi, it's extraordinarily important to recognise that the hardware is actually secondary here. More amusingly, Apple have actually made a complete volte-face with respect to their interface priorities: note that iOS is entirely about applications, whereas MacOS is entirely about the Finder. Android and WebOS are still agnostic on this issue, which may be why, ironically, they're still regarded as too "fuzzy" by consumers. What amuses me about it is that you could argue that Microsoft have actually won the philosophical argument here - but have utterly failed either to capitalise on this or demonstrate a clear understanding of the shift in paradigm. As for Blackberry - the old aphorism "too little, too late" comes to mind. I'd love to be proved wrong, but I have to laugh when I watch the posturing of corporate man trying to persuade analysts that they've got a Really Neat idea that Everybody is Going to Love... Sorry, guys, the smooth integration of the Apple user experience is what's winning share of mind (and market), not your desperate promises of Future Wonders...
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Hi Greg, Alex from RIM here. To add my .02 to the conversation, not only does the PlayBook deliver a “full web experience” through support for Flash and HTML 5, but its 7-inch, 1024 x 600 high-resolution display and 3MP/5MP cameras (front/back) provide a full 1080p HD multimedia experience. Meanwhile, its 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM allow for faster app loading, web page rendering and true multitasking with apps running at full speed -- not suspended -- in the background. You can learn the latest about the BlackBerry PlayBook on our Inside BlackBerry Blog (http://bbry.lv/cWR2rg). Also just wanted to provide a correction to Faisal’s comment below – the PlayBook actually has a superior screen (1,024 x 600, 169ppi display) and is lighter than the iPad2 (0.9lbs), so you have two more reasons to prefer the PlayBook. Cheers, Alex, RIM social media team
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