RIM's PlayBook tablet just went on sale yesterday and the company sent me a tablet to take for a spin. It's only been here for a few hours and I'm getting pinged constantly with questions, showing just how much interest there is in the PlayBook. I'll need to spend more time with the slate to give a full review so until then here are some thoughts about the PlayBook and the experience right out of the box.
The packaging is typically RIM, with no waste in the box. Once the device was out of the box, I was surprised with how comfortable the PlayBook feels in the hand. This is due to the light weight, and the soft rubbery coating on the back of the tablet. This covering makes the PlayBook feel better in the hand than any tablet I've tried, including the popular Galaxy Tab, Motorola XOOM and the iPad 2.
|Image Gallery: Check out BlackBerry PlayBook photo gallery with comparison to Galaxy Tab.|
I will have a full review soon, and here are my first thoughts about the PlayBook. I must admit I am liking it more than I thought I would.
- The device is light and comfortable in the hand.
- Construction is very nice.
- Rubbery coating on the back makes it a delight to hold.
- The browser is very good.
- Not as much lag as Android tablets I've tried.
- The PlayBook interface is better for me than that of Android (Froyo or Honeycomb).
- Interface is intuitive and very fluid.
- Power button is as bad as you've heard. It flat doesn't work.
- HD video plays very well.
- Lack of apps is troubling.
- Gmail in the browser works very well.