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    BlackBerry PlayBook Gets a Keyboard Case…Ooh La La!

    The BlackBerry PlayBook is getting the laptop-tablet hybrid treatment. Interestingly, the keyboard case isn’t coming from a third party, but from Research in Motion itself.  We are certainly no strangers to keyboard/case hybrids, having reviewed several dozen of them over time.  It’s just too bad, that once again it took RIM so long to debut […]

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    BlackBerry PlayBook Facebook App – Mini Review

    The official Facebook app for the BlackBerry PlayBook has just landed in App World. The app is very similar in layout and function to the official Facebook app for the iPhone, except that this version of the app is obviously optimized for a 7″ display. That said, the app only works in landscape views and […]

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    BlackBerry PlayBook is Going on Tour and Looking for Groupies

    Still not sure if you want to buy a RIM BlackBerry Playbook? Well the BlackBerry Playbook is going on tour like the rockstar that it is, and has kicked off a national mobile tour to showcase its BlackBerry PlayBook to consumers and businesses around the country. The tour will be making one of its first […]

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    Facebook and Video Chat Apps Coming to BlackBerry PlayBook

    Hot on the heels of their BlackBerry Bold Touch announcement, Rim has announced that a dedicated Facebook app for the BlackBerry Playbook is on the way. The new app has been optimized for the PlayBook’s 7″ display. The app will let users view and add friends by scanning the new grid view of their profile […]

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    BlackBerry PlayBook Review (WiFi)

    Amongst the slew of tablets that have been announced over the past couple of months, the BlackBerry Playbook has been one of the most anticipated, and for good reason. Unlike the plethora of tablets running Android, the PlayBook brings a fresh new OS experience courtesy of the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Under the hood, the device […]

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    BlackBerry Announces PlayBook Pre-Order, Pricing Same as iPad 2 WiFi

    BlackBerry has finally announced pre-order details and and pricing for the PlayBook.  Here is a bit a surprise, there will actually be three different models. There will be a BlackBerry PlayBook  featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage at $499, $599 and $699 respectively. This pricing scheme is actually the same as the iPad 2 […]

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    Hands on with the BlackBerry PlayBook

    Tablets might be a ten a penny at CES, but I was eager to have a look at the BlackBerry PlayBook, a new step in terms of business technology. Merging the functionality of a BlackBerry with a stylish tablet, the 7 inch PlayBook could potentially be a market changer, in terms of business conferences and office functionality. It features a 7 inch multitouch capacitative screen and is 10mm thick.

    The BlackBerry PlayBook was surprisingly comfortable to hold, far lighter than the iPad (it weighs 0.4kg compared to the iPad’s 0.68kg) and felt good in the hand. The gloss finish was attractive and the screen was beautiful to behold. The multitouch was a tad tricky to use, with a little display lag when zooming in and out of the pages- ‘it’s extra sensitive’, the spokesperson claimed, before elaborating that the model we had was still ‘unfinished’.

    We couldn’t look at document editing or spreadsheets as they weren’t yet installed, which was a shame, as that’s going to be one of the big draws for people.

    The PlayBook features two cameras, a frontward facing 3megapixel camera and a 5megapixel rear camera. Connectivity wise, you get an HDMI port, a micro USB port and WiFi. As well as Adobe Flash 10.1. You can play videos in 1080p on the screen, and what we saw looked great, with rich vibrant colours and it was easy to adjust controls such as volume and brightness with a finger swoosh.

    As the PlayBook is designed to cater for the business user, you have full BlackBerry support, from integrated calendars to Blackberry Messaging services. In terms of video conferencing, you’re able to use both cameras, and it has a 1GHz dual core processor for fast speeds, and 1GB RAM.

    There are more functions than just business to this device, as it provides an all round multimedia experience, with music, videos, pictures and games all as standard.

    Out later this year, price TBC.