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BlackBerry Playbook Tablet PC Sneak Peek

BlackBerry Playbook Tablet PC Sneak Peek

We spent a little time today at a private event being held in New York City, where RIM—makers of the ubiquitous Blackberry--was showing off their upcoming Playbook tablet. We got some hands on time with the device and think it definitely has promise, although a flaky internet connection at the venue made it hard to get at good feel for the browsing experience.

The Playbook’s form factor made it very easy to handle and at under a pound it’s nice and light. The 7” screen (1024x600 resolution) had good viewing angles all around and it felt very responsive when navigating through various menus on the device and typing on the on-screen keyboard. Browsing the web (when the connection at the venue was working) was also quite snappy, and because the Playbook has full support for Flash, there were no limitations when viewing sites with Flash-based video or ads.

To give you all an idea as to how fluid and snappy the Playbook was, we asked a rep from the company to give us a quick demo on video, which we have for you here...

As you can see, multitasking, even when it entails running HD video, a game, and a 3D benchmark is quite smooth on the Playbook and the in-game graphics with Need for Speed are pretty good. As we’ve mentioned in the past, the Playbook is powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI processor and it has 1GB of RAM. On the top of the device are volume controls, power, and a play button. And on the bottom are a micro-HDMI out, mini-USB port, and a power port.

  

  
Blackberry Playbook, Click Images to Enlarge

The Wi-Fi Playbook we show you here should be available sometime in the late March or April timeframe, but other versions with 4G network access will become available at a later date. Final pricing, battery life specifics, and other details like the number of applications that will be available via App World at launch weren't disclosed, but that information will certainly trickle out soon enough. For now, there's still plenty more to see at the Blackberry website.

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Looks promising!, but HOLY SNAP.... that screen is glossy as anything. So much was being reflected off it. Perhaps the place was a little too well lit up, or it was just the way the camera was held? but damn, a little too glossy for my taste.

Other than that, looks pretty good! especially the real time OS, Flash+HTML5 support.... fantastic! This is a tablet i would invest in judging from the videos i've seen here and on youtube.

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I saw these in CES coverage, and they look very nice. Also from what I am hearing they will run Android app's as well. I think that is very nice, but from what I saw in the CES coverage this device seems pretty darn sweet all around for it's category. It even looked better than the Zoom to me.

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What happen BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

http://www.technews5.com/2011/04/blackberry-playbook-tablet-lose-all.html

BlackBerry PlayBook tablet lose all the right moves

The PlayBook's design exudes the same sense of finely honed "business chic" that Research in Motion has perfected in its BlackBerry smartphones.But the PlayBook's software suffers from several missteps and oversights, especially in the drought of useful apps -- the very things that have made tablets such a hit -- and the lackluster performance of Adobe's Flash player.

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