BlackBerry PlayBook (16 GB) 7" Tablet (722500000013)

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Impressive quality and features, hope they stay around.

Jan 7, 2012
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Pros:Price, build quality, features and ability to "bridge" to a Blackberry Phone.

Cons:Not an Ipad, unable to expand the memory, questionable future of RIM.

The Bottom Line: I'm very pleased with the overall value of this unit. Blackberry lost the war with Apple, but this unit is a great deal non the less.


Background:  I'm not a tech geek.  I am a Blackberry Phone user.  $199 was more than I wanted to spend, but I thought this was a great deal.

I won't recite all the specs from RIM, there is a mfg. website for that.  There are also lots of negative reviews out there, and this is NOT an Ipad.  It is however a useful device that meets my specific need.

I have a boat that we weekend on all summer.  There is no wifi at our marina, but I get good phone service and an unlimited data plan with Verizon.

I wanted a devise that would allow me to use my phone data, without paying extra for a 3G/4G data plan on a tablet.  This devise allows me to do this via "Blackberry Bridge" and that was my only requirement.

It conects via Bluetooth to my phone when we travel and we can surf the web, get emails, weather, and more android apps than I will ever need.  When at home or someplace with wifi it hooks right up to that instead.

IT IS NOT AN IPAD!  If you want one, then buy one.  Ipads are better, bigger, etc...  This was $199 or 66% less than an Ipad and does what I need.  I'd reccomend to other Blackberry phone users, but there are perhaps other options that would be better for non-Blackberry users.  It does run Android apps, and the Blackberry App store has everything I could ever want or need.

Set up was easy, and my one issue was resolved by a call to Blackberry Tech Service.  Spoke with a very polite and helpful Canadian young man, in Canada, who spoke English.  That is the type of customer service I like.

I've had it now for a month, and have had no issues.  Battery life is very good.  A full charge last several days of limited to medium use.  I'm sure that 12 straight hours of "Angry Birds" might tax it, but I didn't need a portable game devise, I needed a tablet for email, weather, web browsing and Facebook for my wife.  Screen resolution is impressive, and the touch system takes a little getting used to, but was intuitve and easy to adaprt to.

Biggest issue was the touch screen.  It seems to pick up the "heat" from your finger like Blackberry touch phones.  My wife has long finger nails and it won't pick up when she uses them or a stylus.  I have no problem, and she is getting the hang of it.

Sorry for those that want an in depth highly technical review.  Go read CNET.


Recommend this product? Yes


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