Is it worth it?
So im thinking of taking the $200 plunge on friday to get myself a playbook, i already have every single blackberry device known to many except the Z10, and i currently use the 9930.
I want a tablet. But i've known apple and droid devices to be junk in the past.
So .....what im wondering is, is the playbook really worth it? :-)
- CrackBerry User
02-25-13, 07:28 PM #2
- 11 Posts
Yes. I have 2 playbooks and have been *mostly* happy with them. I should be very happy with them if and when upgraded to bb10 and achieve even more stability to their pretty decent browser and the laggy fairly unusable keyboard. Apps? Well... there is a fairly large library of what I assume are porno B&D ebooks and ... I dunno... some decent apps just grab a seat and use patience when browsing.
For the love of baby Jesus RIM... fix the playbook keyboard. Please. I beg you.
- 02-25-13, 07:49 PM #3
I guess it depends on what you want or what you expect of your tablet...
If you want a fabulous device for multimedia entertainment (movies especially) but also great sound quality, together with great value price for large storage, I honestly don't think you can do better than the Playbook 64Gb. It's an absolute quality bargain! Any other 64Gb tablet costs at least twice as much (iPad Mini is almost 4x the price), and every single alternative I ever looked at would not support the wide range of movie codecs like Divx and Xvid that the Playbook supports 'out of the box'.
If apps are more your thing, then Blackberry's offerings might disappoint. The Playbook is my first tablet, so I had no expectations whatsoever and am delighted with the choice of quality games and apps for the Playbook, but there are some big-names missing (notably net-flix and Skype - the latter supposedly coming to BB10, which in turn is supposedly coming to Playbook too). People with experience of other tablet brands do seem to find the Playbook lacking. I find it a minor aggravation to know that most advertised 'download our app' services will not offer a Blackberry option, but I didn't buy my tablet for using apps, so to me it's no biggie (yet).
If web browsing is important to you, then the Playbook is one of the last devices to support both Java and Flash enabled pages (most others don't and won't, according to reviews I've read). I find the browser to be decent and stable, but I'm not a heavy user for tablet-surfing (I mostly use my Playbook for movies, games and e-reading).
On basic function, I can't really compare with many other tablets because I haven't tried most. All I can say is that the Playbook is an absolute pleasure to use, and I've read others who have acknowledged that the PB's swipes and gestures make the Playbook more intuitive than other tablets (but as said, I have no comparisons myself). I actually adore the on-screen keyboard of the Playbook - it's the most intuitive I've used of any touch-screen device and I find it easy to be accurate (can't say the same for my smartphone which I've been tempted to bin because it's so vile to type anything on).
Build-quality-wise - it's easily £450 hardware being sold at £140 price. It feels expensive. On the flip-side, the hardware is a year or so behind other devices. But - it still stands up well (especially at its new and heavily discounted price). I personally think it's a fabulous piece of kit and quite happily invested in a second tablet (my first was only 16Gb) knowing full well it no longer has the 'bling' factor of an iThing nor the extensive Android app library other tablets can boast.
Connectivity works fine for me. I have both Playbooks wifi connected to my PC so I can remotely load either with new movies and such. They happily receive my Outlook email. Many extol the Blackberry Bridge for great connectivity on the go (I don't have any other BB devices so I've not used this).
Last edited by Bad Whippet; 02-25-13 at 08:02 PM.
- 02-25-13, 07:58 PM #4
Depends on your needs. We've had other tablets in the house and I've had the opportunity to put time in on others and I still prefer the PB. Owning a 9930, as I do also, makes the combo that much more versatile. I now have two personal PBs and a work issued PB and have no desire for any other currently available tablet. If I did, I'd buy it. Still too many features I love that keep me with the PB: Bridge, (esp "open on PB"), true multitasking, beautiful screen ,native audio quality, battery life, size, build quality, etc..and soon with BB10, which no other tablet will have. It does what I need and does it well. If I was in need of another tablet right now, I'd still buy a PB. But that's me.
If you're an app centrist person, I would research what's available now for the PB and also research what will be available to it when running BB10. I have found the apps I need available for the PB and apps have never been an issue for many, but I would still research this area so we don't have to read your complaints later on the forum about "no Netflix!" After researching you find it serves your purposes, I think you'll be very pleased with it.
- 02-25-13, 08:32 PM #5
Is it worrth it?
I say go for it. The playbook is a very good tablet. Since you have a 9930 you will enjoy it even more with bb bridge. Like other posters have stated, it all depends on what your needs are and if you can deal with the app selection compared to other tablets.
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- 02-25-13, 08:37 PM #6
Sweet. I think ill do it, its a used 64GB, guy is selling it for $110. Which I find to be a steal, he wants the galaxy 2 tab so he's getting rid of the PB cheap. I saw in a cnet review that 10 will allow 90% of the droid apps as 3rd party so after 10 launches I'm sure we'll have netflix and angry birds haha
- 02-25-13, 09:13 PM #9
I concur with all of the above. I use the Playbook as a computer when I am not at my laptop. I am always on the Web, I watch movies, read books, listen to music and play games. Yes, the app selection is not as big, but I have found apps and sideloaded some android apps to suit my needs. The audio is top notch also...best sounding tablet out there...that is extremely important to me. The screen clarity is beautiful and it is the perfect size to take with you on the road. As long as you research before you buy, you cannot go wrong with the value and versatility this tablet brings.
- 02-25-13, 09:24 PM #10
Great device i must say (solid construction, i've dropped it many times and its perfect, no dings/scratches)... it was my first tablet as well. Used ipads that my friends have, but always loved the PB, especially when paired with my 9900! 9900 + PB combo is unbeatable with bridge. plus...you'll get a bit used to some gestures you will be using in your future Z10!
Get the convertible case or the bluetooth keyboard case, will definitely enhance the experience!
- 02-25-13, 10:09 PM #12
Is it worrth it?
Playbook for $200? You are lucky to find it... they have been sold out most places I've seen.
If you are getting 64gb version then go for it. The 32gb may still be a good deal if packaged with some stuff, but don't spend $200 on a 16gb one unless it has a ton of accessories (keyboard, rapid charge stand, etc).
Regarding the Playbook... It is a nice multimedia device with internet, flash, lots of good games, 2 cameras, etc. Well built, a few glitches but no deal-breaker for me and I have 3 of them (4 if you count the one for my parents to video chat with).
When on sale at $129 for 16gb or $149 for 32g or $199 for 64 gb it is definitely worth it these days, if you can find one.
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- CrackBerry Master
02-25-13, 10:18 PM #13
- 1,401 Posts
Had it for a few years and use it daily.
- ability to drag and drop songs movies etc
- bridge capabilities and ability to use my device as a remote when viewing om a large screen
- browser checker boarding drives me bonkers.
For that price I'd do it again in a heart beat.
Posted via CB10 on my Z10 Oreo
- CrackBerry Master
02-25-13, 10:21 PM #14
- 1,401 Posts
Oops forgot to mention:
Love watching movies on it. Read books on it exclusively. Streaming from sights with flash is a bonus. And the swipe functionality is a plus. Can honestly say in 2 years I have never rebooted and it has no battery to pull... a really stable device.
Posted via CB10 on my Z10 Oreo
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-26-13, 01:07 AM #16
- 110 Posts
I love my Playbook 32G (paid $539 August 2011) & got one for my son for Christmas ($149!!!) omg!! but love it anyway & use it more than
my laptop for reading, browsing, always have 3-6 tabs open & funs fast....I just save my facebook.com to home page as it works better than
the app. I take it everywhere with me & love that I can Bridge it to my phone if need be.
The sound for music is awesome & haven't had any problems other than the browser freezes occasionally ( i think when the battery is low lol as i use it so much!).
- 02-26-13, 01:11 AM #17
Unless there is something critical that it won't do for you then absolutely go for it. I got an IPad mini and I'm selling it because I just don't like the way it handles anything. Multitasking on the PlayBook is 2nd to none. Bridge with your Bold is a great plus. And for me having a real file system as opposed to the ipad, where you can drag and drop any file is where it's at.
I don't care if it's 2 yrs old now, if my PlayBook were to die, I'd replace it in a heartbeat.
- 02-26-13, 02:05 AM #18
Honestly guys, everytime I read your post regarding how lucky you are for having a PlayBook (or PlayBooks for those who are having more than one), I always end up in wanting to get a third PB...
But, and not to troll about it, everytime I see my 2 PB's waiting for BB10 upgrade, I always end up in telling and reminding myself of an English phrase extolling the virtue of patience i.e. "Good things come to those who wait… patiently"
- CrackBerry User
02-26-13, 07:31 AM #21
- 11 Posts
I have 2, both 64Gb and love them both. My laptop is almost redundant, used maybe once a week now. Playbooks are used every day, both bridged to my Bold 9780. I have a bluetooth keyboard but mostly just type from my phone. I can't imaging being without any/ all my Blackberry's now. Go for it!
- CrackBerry Genius
02-26-13, 01:57 PM #22
- 4,018 Posts
I bought my wife a 64GB PlayBook today. She used my PlayBook for the first time and said why doesn't my Android work as good as the PlayBook. You always have better things than I do (so she gets one). I should have gotten her a PlayBook for Christmas, instead I got her an Android tablet because she has an Android phone. If she is happy I am Happy.
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