Wednesday, May 4, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook (16GB) Review
When Research In Motion (RIM), makers of the ubiquitous BlackBerry smartphones, released the BlackBerry PlayBook—the company’s first foray into the fast-growing tablet market—reviewers and pundits wasted no time in picking it apart for its missing features and buggy performance. Because the PlayBook marks the first real competitive alternative to Apple's iPads and Google Android-based tablets, and was touted as “the world’s first professional-grade tablet,” it’s no wonder that the tech community had such a critical eye. At the time of the PlayBook's release, the rumor mill buzzed that RIM had rushed the PlayBook out the door too soon, and what landed in people’s hands was a half-baked product. So, instead of joining the rest of the world on the PlayBook-as-piƱata bandwagon, we chose to wait a few weeks and let at least some of the issues resolve themselves via software updates. In fact, during the time we had the PlayBook in hand, we counted no fewer than three over-the-air updates...