RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

Specifications

RIM BlackBerry PlayBookNotebook: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
Processor: unknown
Graphics Adapter: unknown
Display: 7.0 inch, 16:10, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.5kg
Price: 500 euro
Average Score: 73.23% - average
Average of 26 scores (from 35 reviews)
price: 78%, performance: 71%, features: 76%, display: 85% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 86%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

80% BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 is a lovely device to hold and use. It’s small and light enough to carry anywhere, and the display is impressive. If BlackBerry could entice more developers to transfer their apps to the platform then it would be truly excellent. At £169, it’s the definition of a bargain.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/07/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 60% ergonomy: 80%
BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Review: A Business Evaluation
Source: PC World English
It could be. The PlayBook is now a very solid tablet for BlackBerry owners and non-BlackBerry owners alike, but the hardware is a year old, it's still not available with cellular network support, and Apple just dropped the price of the mega-popular iPad 2, to $399, and announced the new iPad, available on March 16.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/15/2012
90% RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (2012)
Source: PC Mag English
Just by the spec sheet and test results, this should be at least a 3.5-star product. But we're keeping it at three stars because we don't have faith in the ecosystem. We're not convinced that the low sales of the PlayBook and lack of other QNX-based devices on the market will lead to more app development soon. Amazon offers not only a broader range of media, but a sense of the wind at its back and the ability to plug into the larger Android world. Even though this tablet has better specs, the Kindle Fire has more of a future, so the Kindle Fire remains our pick for small tablets.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/14/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 Review
Source: Stuff TV English
The PlayBook has email – hurrah! It also retains its silky smooth speed and excellent multi-tasking performance, along with the unique gesture-based movement between launchers, docks and app screens – no hard or soft buttons to worry about here. But with limited access to other apps and some frustrating quirks, it's still lagging behind Android and iOS for a vision of the mobile future. What does make it stand out, however, is the price. It's an absolute bargain at £170, and when combined with this new OS that makes the Playbook a genuine contender.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% RIM BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
The much needed software upgrade for the PlayBook tablet does make it a lot better in a number of ways. The three main apps significantly improve the PlayBook and RIM has done a great job of including good features and making them work well. However, we can't bypass the fact that these should have been present when the PlayBook was launched last year, so they hardly make the tablet leap ahead of its rivals. These basic features should have been there from the start and the PlayBook OS 2.0 should have been something completely different.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% BlackBerry PlayBook with 2.0 Firmware review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
So what's the final verdict on the PlayBook and its 2.0 update? Well, at £169 BlackBerry has certainly got the pricing right, and with those essential features like email now onboard, it can only be considered a bargain, even just as a glorified portable video player and web browsing tool. However, it still remains to be seen if that app support will arrive to make this and future BlackBerry tablets genuine competitors with the iPads and Androids of this world, or if it's all too little too late. Still, to get the same quality of hardware, you're looking at spending nearly double the price of the PlayBook, and we might be tempted to pocket the difference. £169 buys you a lot of e-book reader, mp3 player, Blu-rays, games...
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/24/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 70% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 80%
60% BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
Overall, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 is a solid update for the PlayBook. However, most of the improvements it brings to the table are features that should have been there from the beginning. There's not a lot that truly sets the PlayBook apart from the rest of the tablet crowd. Yes, this $199 device is a better choice for business users than the identically priced Kindle Fire. The PlayBook also has features Amazon's slate lacks, such as cameras, volume controls and HDMI output. Nevertheless, while PlayBook OS 2.0 makes RIM's tablet a better communications and productivity tool, it's still not compelling enough to tear people away from the iPad.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/24/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Blackberry Playbook tablet computer
Source: Computer Active English
A fast tablet with a slick operating system, but for the price it doesn't do enough
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/06/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
BlackBerry PlayBook Review: Good Hardware Seeks Great Software
Source: PC Perspective English
Not everything is negative. The PlayBook does come with a few decent built-in productivity apps, a nice browser and one very cool game. The small size and light weight also makes it an easy tablet to use in-hand. These are niche justifications for the tablet’s existence, however. The bottom line is that the PlayBook feels half-baked, and while it may appeal to some business users because of its compatibility with BlackBerry phones, consumers have few reasons to choose this over the competition.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/15/2011
80% Blackberry PlayBook
Source: ITP English
The PlayBook is a capable tablet whose functionality and usefulness will only increase as more apps and games become available.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/12/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 100% performance: 80% features: 80%
70% BlackBerry PlayBook Review
Source: T Break English
In closing, the BlackBerry PlayBook is a good tablet that has potential to be a LOT better. I’ve seen some of that with software updates over the last couple of months. RIM has certainly done well on the hardware site but really needs to get native PIM apps, a native SDK and the promised Android player as soon as they possibly can because they have some fierce competition with the iPad 2 and other Android based tablets like the ASUS Transformer. Until then, the PlayBook is mostly for die hard BlackBerry fans.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/22/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% RIM BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: V3.co.uk English
RIM is positioning the tablet as an add-on to the BlackBerry smartphone range, with a large screen to beat the input and display problems of the BlackBerry. While this approach has many advantages, it misses a crucial point: tablets are not smartphones and need to be used as independent devices. This first-generation tablet has much to offer, and RIM has used the small form factor better than anyone else on the market, but all but the most hardened CrackBerry user should wait for version two.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% RIM BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: V3.co.uk English
This first-generation tablet has much to offer, and RIM has used the small form factor better than anyone else on the market, but all but the most hardened CrackBerry user should wait for version two.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Putting the play into PlayBook
Source: Techcentral.my English
Right now, though, it feels like the PlayBook was rushed to market - one feels that it needs a few more updates before it will be fully cooked. Nevertheless, what we already have on the device right now is actually a solid piece of work for web browsing and some gaming.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
However, even though we know updates are imminent, as it stands this tablet lacks app support, is too unstable, has variable performance, and is too reliant on being paired to a BlackBerry phone. Check back in a couple of months, though, and we could well have a winner on our hands.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 90% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 90%
60% BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
However, even though we know updates are imminent, as it stands this tablet lacks app support, is too unstable, has variable performance, and is too reliant on being paired to a BlackBerry phone. Check back in a couple of months, though, and we could well have a winner on our hands.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/20/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 90% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 90%
75% RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 7in tablet
Source: Reg Hardware English
The operating system is deeply attractive and easy to use – arguably better than Android though in need of more apps, of course. RIM’s main customers are business users and some may find it too frivolous to be worthwhile. But if you want a tablet that offers strong leisure features like games, browsing and video playback plus uncompromising security, the PlayBook suggests that the future of tablet computing may not be limited to a two-horse race after all.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 75%
67% BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: It Pro English
The PlayBook is especially unattractive to businesses that don't currently deploy BlackBerry phones. Without BlackBerry Bridge, the functionality of the PlayBook is severely limited unless you commit to the expense of switching to BlackBerry and the necessary server-side software. Until this changes we can't see many iOS/Android-using businesses adopting the PlayBook for serious use.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 67%
67% BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: It Pro English
The PlayBook is especially unattractive to businesses that don't currently deploy BlackBerry phones. Without BlackBerry Bridge, the functionality of the PlayBook is severely limited unless you commit to the expense of switching to BlackBerry and the necessary server-side software. Until this changes we can't see many iOS/Android-using businesses adopting the PlayBook for serious use.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 67%
67% BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: It Pro English
We can't recommend the PlayBook to non-BlackBerry users in its current state and even die-hard fans should think about their tablet needs carefully before investing in the PlayBook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 67%
83% RIM BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: PC Pro English
That business focus means it won’t appeal to everyone, but if its price mirrors the reasonable US tag (nothing official has been announced for the UK just yet) and the 3G version doesn’t take too long to arrive, we see no reason why it can’t challenge the best tablets on the market.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/05/2011
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 67% ergonomy: 67%
Blackberry Playbook Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
I love the Playbook interface, the device elegant form factor, the great display, the compact size and the performance. However, the lack of exchange support and the absence of native email, calendar and contact apps is an adoption roadblock for non-BlackBerry users. Messaging and emailing is one of the regular activities that almost everyone performs on a tablet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/02/2011
80% Blackberry PlayBook Review
Source: Stuff TV English
The PlayBook is hard to fault. Technically it’s up there with the best, with an OS and hardware combination that seems to be unflappable. Any new format is bound to be short of software at launch, but whether or not BlackBerry can ramp up its app roster fast enough will be the deciding factor in its success or failure.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% BlackBerry PlayBook review
Source: PC Advisor English
We had heard rather mixed reports about the performance of the PlayBook so were not sure what to expect. However, once we got used to the slight navigational quirks and the very tiny silver power button the top to reactivate the tablet from standby, we began to admire it more and more. RIM has put together a rather neat tablet with plenty of oomph.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/29/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% features: 90% workmanship: 80%
BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Review
Source: Techspot English
For now, we are going to put this in the wait-and-see category. The experience of the PlayBook could change drastically with a few additions, so hopefully RIM will speed up the development of those missing pieces and get them to market right away. The question is, can RIM afford to be in the waiting pile, and how long will it linger there?
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2011
The 6 Best Things About BlackBerry PlayBook Aren't Good Enough
Source: Tom's Guide English
Unfortunately, there's no indication here that the Playbook has done anything to alter that crash course. It is a Blackberry device and yet there is no calendar app and no place for contact info to be stored. There is no way to organize files. You can't customize anything. While there are a lot of good things about it, that's all overlooked by the amount of things you can't do.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/20/2011
BlackBerry PlayBook Review
Source: Slashgear English
The future for the PlayBook looks distinctly different to the tablet it is now, however. Android app compatibility, more native software, the ability to use email, calendar and other core apps without a “Bridge” to a BlackBerry phone – they’ll all change the PlayBook hugely. RIM is pushing out firmware updates at a rate of knots, almost daily in the run-up to launch, and each has tweaked the overall user-experience toward greater stability and functionality. All but the most ambitious of early-adopters should hold off until the PlayBook reaches the tipping point where ability matches promise.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/19/2011
60% Research In Motion BlackBerry PlayBook
Source: PC World English
The BlackBerry PlayBook gets a lot right, but it also feels very much like a work in progress. It could shine in the future, but for now it's constrained by its limited app selection, software glitches, and choices in functionality or design that should limit the PlayBook's popularity among consumers. Businesspeople who already depend on BlackBerry phones should value both the way those phones will interact with the Playbook and the built-in security of the platform--and for that audience, those capabilities will override many of the PlayBook's other weaknesses.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/13/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%

Foreign Reviews

60% Angriff aufs iPad
Source: e-media - 17/11 German
Comparison, , Short, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% display: 100% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 100%
76% Blackberry Playbook
Source: PC Go - 9/11 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 08/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 76%
69% Tablets im Aufstieg
Source: Connect - 7/11 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 69% features: 47% mobility: 72% ergonomy: 80%
100% Die Tablet-Inasion
Source: Connect - 5/11 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 04/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 100% features: 80% ergonomy: 100%
Alle gegen Apple
Source: c't - 17/11 German
Display good, equipment good, battery runtime very good, performance very good, few apps available
Comparison, , Long, Date: 08/01/2011
RIM BlackBerry Playbook
Source: Chip.de - 9/11 German
very good
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 08/01/2011
Bereitmachen zum Anfassen
Source: c't - 6/11 German
Emails only when combined with a blackberry
Comparison, , Long, Date: 04/01/2011

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These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

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7.0": This is one of the smallest formats, which is used for UMPC, Netbooks or Subotebooks. There hardly exist any models with this display format. Working for a long time is uncomfortable. This tiny display is intended for outdoor usage.
The advantage is, that the mini-notebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the tiny display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is very exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions can hardly be used. » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.5 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


RIM: Research in Motion is a Canadian Smartphone manufacturer, founded in 1984. Until 2011, the company is known especially for the products Blackberry and Playbook.


73.23%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2012-05-26)