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The Blackberry Playbook Preview Thread
I thought it would be helpful if there was a thread listing various sites previews of the Playbook:
BlackBerry PlayBook Review | CrackBerry.com
"All in all, things are looking solid on the BlackBerry PlayBook. We'll have a lot more to say once we have a chance to spend more time on it....The hardware has great specs and the operating system is fast and stable already which means it's only going to get better as it's refined and more and more features get added."
BlackBerry PlayBook preview -- Engadget
"If you can't tell, we're very impressed. Overall the device is blazingly fast, comfortable to hold, and intuitive to use. Our largest concern is the apps...If RIM can find an aggressive price, a nice market lull to launch in (before the Xoom and perhaps an iPad 2 launch and grab all the limelight), and smattering of fairy dust, we could be looking at a pretty successful product here."
BlackBerry PlayBook Preview: The First Great 7-inch Tablet?
"RIM's got something here that could really stand on top of the bajillion other crappy tablets that are going to launch this year. They just have to take it the rest of the way."
Note: Despite the rather unenthusiastic review (it didn't say anything bad about the playbook, it just spent most of the time focusing on the necessity of tethering) Gizmodo has the Playbook listed at the top of it's Best of CES list.
Some of Tomorrow's Best Gadgets
"the Playbook is The Hotness: beautifully built, quick, and just dead sexy. Check out our killer custom flyby video."
Hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook, one of the best tablets at CES
"I’d dare say the PlayBook runs a lot slicker than most Android-based tablets and certainly could sit on a shelf next to the iPad without feeling embarrassed. If RIM decides to make a 10-inch version of the PlayBook, Apple may have something to worry about."
BlackBerry PlayBook demo and hands-on by Mike Lazaridis - SlashGear)
"Considering this is still a prototype and RIM are continuing to work on the software, it’s already at an impressive stage. Slicker than much of the other hardware we’ve seen, and sufficiently consistent with BlackBerry handsets that the staunch RIM-faithful shouldn’t have too much trouble getting up to speed with it, we’re confident the PlayBook will find a place among the tablet influx of 2011."
CES: BlackBerry PlayBook (hands-on) - CES 2011 CNET Blogs
"The PlayBook packs a lot of punch in its small package, boasting power, speed and precision unlike any Android tablet that's come across my desk. It's a serious machine."
CES: Hands-on with the BlackBerry PlayBook - Yahoo! News
"So, will the PlayBook successfully launch RIM into the tablet "space," as we say in the tech biz? Good question. I'd be nuts to render a definitive opinion on the PlayBook based on a brief hands-on with an early test unit, but from what I've seen so far, the PlayBook—particularly thanks to its flickable "Home" and "Menu" controls—looks promising."
FT.com / Technology - Review: BlackBerry PlayBook up to the portable challenge
"Overall, I was really impressed and as a BlackBerry user, I can’t wait for RIM to build similar features into its smartphones."
Hands On With RIMÔ€™s PlayBook - PCWorld Business Center
"While the PlayBook's design and ecosystem look promising, it has other challenges ahead. Yes, it supports Adobe Air, Adobe Flash, and HTML 5 open standards for app development, but even so RIM has a lot of catching up to do to provide the app breadth that Google Android and Apple iOS provide."
Hands On Pictures of the BlackBerry PlayBook! - BerryReview
"I got my first chance to play with a live BlackBerry PlayBook this morning and I am blown away. RIM really has a solid device which just feels perfect in your hands."
Note: Berry Review actually divided their hands on up into several articles. This link is to the short, first one.
RIM's BlackBerry Playbook 4G Tablet at CES 2011: Hands On | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
"iPad? Android? Who needs them? Meet RIM's BlackBerry 4G tablet with its own operating system."
Note: PC Mag has named the Playbook the best tablet at CES.
The Best Tablet at CES 2011 | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
Added Jan. 8th
Blackberry Playbook Hands On Video - IGN
No quote this time as the preview is video only. If you can get by all the "like"'s, "but, you know"'s, and "and all that"'s, the preview is generally positive but, because this is IGN and the playbook does do other things than play games, they arn't particularly bullish on it.
RIM gives us PlayBook hands-on, alludes to sync with iPhone | Electronista
"...the PlayBook is much more impressive to use first-hand than it is to look at from afar. It's evident RIM realized that it needed to not only catch up but possibly leapfrog ahead of others."
Note: This site claims a rep told them the playbook could pair with non-bb phones in the future and release will be March. I wouldn't trust any of that.
Blackberry Playbook hands on | Netbooknews - Netbooks, Netbook Reviews, Smartbooks and more
No quote as preview is video only. They don't really their opinions of the device, just show a walkthrough.
Hands-On With the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
"If — and that’s still a big if — RIM can launch its first-gen PlayBook by March and 4G model by summer, we’d have ourselves the makings of an epic tablet war."
Note: This is the first preview I've seen which compares QNX to IOS, and it is in Apple's favour.
Blackberry Playbook Hands-On at CES 2011 ╗ Unwired View
"...overall it really is a smaller device, but doesn’t sacrifice screen space or functionality in the process. Needless to say, I’m definitely looking forward to playing with it more as it becomes available."
CES 2011: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Hands On (video) | TechnoBuffalo
"...but to us it was just yet another tablet on the market."