RIM BlackBerry PlayBook reviews rate it a 7 out of 10

Summary:RIM lifted the BB PlayBook embargo tonight and a flood of reviews hit the Internet with most reviewers rating the new tablet in the 7/10 range.

The RIM BlackBerry PlayBook will be available starting next Tuesday, 19 April, and I have my 32GB model on pre-order with Best Buy. RIM lifted the review embargo this evening and you can find a load of reviews online for the device. Nearly every reviewer seems to like the hardware, except for the power button, find the multi-tasking to be super fast, enjoy the full desktop-like web browser, dislike the lack of native organization and email apps and services, and find the device not yet on the level of the Apple iPad 2.

Unfortunately, RIM never sent me one to try out so you will have to take a look at other reviews until my own purchased unit arrives. Here is a list of the reviews I read so far:

For sites that rate devices, the PlayBook seems to be falling in the 3.5 out of 5 and 7/10 range. It has potential to gain favor with native PIM and email clients, more apps and services, and some other minor tweaks.

Anyone else planning to pick up a BlackBerry PlayBook next week?

Topics: Hardware, BlackBerry, Collaboration, Mobile OS, Mobility


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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