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:
- AnandTech (Most comprehensive review available)
- CrackBerry.com (2nd most comprehensive review available)
- Joshua Topolsky (previously with Engadget)
- Om Malik
- Boy Genius Report
- Laptop Magazine
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?