BlackBerry PlayBook delivers powerful performance in an ultra-portable design. Multitasking is a breeze too
Playbook, at it’s debut, opened to not so positive reviews. Despite the hoopla, Research In Motion (RIM) has probably managed to garner about 3% of worldwide tablet market share. This reviewer has owned an excellent BlackBerry Bold 9790 and was tempted to look at tablet offering from RIM. This 16 GB base Wi-Fi tablet was bought with the intention of finding out to see how best it could be integrated in daily work flow.
The new BlackBerry (BB) operating system (OS) is based on QNX Neutrino, which is highly resilient and secure embeddable system with it’s own custom user interface (UI). It’s the 7 inch capacitive screen and the form factor that’s the icing on the cake. It’s big enough to be held in hands comfortably, a bright screen display (1024 x 600 WSVGA) that can be easily read in direct sunlight and portable, weighing in mere 410 grams . There is a physical volume and power button while rest of the tablet is entirely gesture based which is intuitive for majority of informed users; the tutorial at first start up would get you used to it straight away.
PlayBook has been designed to complement BlackBerry smartphone from ground up, which connects to your existing BlackBerry mobile phone through encrypted Bluetooth via BlackBerry Bridge. It’s easy to access the text messages (in addition to emails, contacts, memo pad, BlackBerry Messenger and Calendar). Bridge Browser (the browser on the phone) accesses internet without tethering on your existing data plan. It also helps you get on presentation mode on PlayBook and control cursor/power point presentations through trackpad on Blackberry mobile. It also allows the user to access files and folders on BlackBerry mobile. The native messaging/calendar applications on PlayBook supports various protocols to keep PlayBook in bidirectional sync, while the native browser (HTML5/Webkit compliant) is fast, responsive and enhances browsing experience.
The front (3 MP) and rear camera (5 MP) shoots in high definition beauty; stills as well as video. Although native picture app is limited in scope for image manipulation, but for serious photography, a separate camera is recommended. The sound output comes from its fabulous external speakers and standard mic output (3.5 mm jack). It plays standard video and music formats flawlessly. Adobe Flash is in-built for Web (contrast to iPad) making internet browsing seamless. Despite the intense multi tasking