1. kretch's Avatar
    Consumer reports Aug. 2012 is out with tablets reviews.

    Playbook is under the 7 - 8 inch screen wifi only catagory.

    Playbook got a very good in all catagorys and it also got a CR bestbuy.

    Playbook got 70 out of 100. The highest rating was 77 out of 100 for the gallexy Tab2.

    But the funny thing is how do you get a CR bestbuy and not even mentioned in the written part of the report?

    OH... I know your name is BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK and your the (Carrot top) brown eye, red headed step child of a family of blue eyed blondes.

    Well thanks for the verygood CR bestbuy rating but UP YOURS CR.... ┌∩┐┌∩┐



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    07-23-12 02:40 PM
  2. PatrickMJS's Avatar
    Consumer Reports giving the PB a "very good" on everything and a "best-buy" rating? No reason to diss CR cuz they left it out of the text of the article. Anyways, most people just glance thru the text and focus on the info in the tables. Would I preferred to read them going on about these very good features? Yeah. Kinda makes you wonder why.
    07-23-12 03:31 PM
  3. BlazorBoy's Avatar
    Here is what CR says on its site
    Reviews & Recommended - BlackBerry PlayBook (Wi-Fi, 16 GB)

    CR's Take
    BlackBerry users might find the PlayBook a handy companion to their smartphones, but it lacks built-in 3G. The PlayBook uses BlackBerry's tablet operating system, which is not as customizable as iOS or Android.
    Highs
    • Very good display quality
    • GPS mapping
    • 5-megapixel camera, higher resolution than most
    • Long cord makes tablet easier to use while charging
    • Photos can fill entire screen height
    • At $200, relatively inexpensive
    Lows
    • No memory-card slot
    • No camera flash
    • Blackberry app market not as large as Apple's or Google's
    Detailed test results
    The Blackberry PlayBook (Wi-Fi, 16 GB) was easy to use for a wide variety of functions. It was easy to move from screen to screen using finger swipes. It was difficult to move app icons among screens. Blackberry includes an enhanced user-interface.
    Photos can be displayed full height without interference from the navigation bar. Turning from portrait to landscape while reading a book worked well. Websites open in full detail instead of simplified mobile view. There's no memory-card slot, so storage can't be expanded. You can sync and transfer files to and from a PC using USB.
    The display quality was very good overall. Colors were accurately reproduced, realistic, and natural-looking because they were slightly pale. The screen was among the brightest we've measured and readability in sunlight was good. Viewing angle was quite wide in landscape orientation, making it easy to view photos or video with another person. Viewing angle was quite wide in portrait orientation, making it easy to share the screen with another person.
    Touch response was very good. The capacitive touchscreen responds to a light finger touch, and allows multiple fingers to perform gesture actions. Moving objects and using finger gestures is easy and precise. Repositioning icons was not as easy as with most tablets.
    This tablet has a very good set of useful features that make it convenient and versatile to use - see the "About" section for more details. The Blackberry app market is not as large as Apple's or Google's, so some popular apps may not be available. There is also access to a large media market through several separate media sources, for downloading movies, music and books.
    There are a variety of sensors to provide positional and environmental info to apps and games. These include a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to locate the user geographically and allow the use of navigation apps, an accelerometer to give motion feedback to apps, a gyroscope to give rotational feedback to apps, a magnetic compass to give directional feedback, and an ambient light sensor to reduce the screen brightness to extend battery time. The long charging cord makes it easier to use the tablet while charging.
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    This tablet ranks high in portability among tablets in the 7- to 8-inch category. Its battery life of 7.6 hours let you go a long time between charges. It's very slim and compact for its screen size, and its weight of 0.95 pounds is typical for its size.
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    07-24-12 05:59 AM
  4. BlazorBoy's Avatar
    7- to 8-inch screen, Wi-Fi-only
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) (Wi-Fi, 8 GB) $250
    77
    8.3 0.8
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (Wi-Fi, 16 GB) $350

    74
    6.5 0.8
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (Wi-Fi, 32 GB)
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    $450
    74
    6.5 0.8
    Toshiba Thrive 7" (WiFi, 16 GB) $380

    71
    5 0.8
    Toshiba Thrive 7" (WiFi, 32 GB)
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    $430
    71
    5 0.8
    BlackBerry PlayBook (Wi-Fi, 16 GB) $200

    70
    7.6 1
    BlackBerry PlayBook (Wi-Fi, 32 GB)
    Similar to tested model: BlackBerry PlayBook (Wi-Fi, 16 GB)
    $250

    70
    7.6 1
    BlackBerry PlayBook (Wi-Fi, 64 GB)
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    70
    7.6 1
    Amazon Kindle Fire (Wi-Fi, 8 GB) $200

    66
    6.3 0.9
    Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (Wi-Fi, 16 GB) $250

    63
    6.2 0.9
    Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (Wi-Fi, 8 GB)
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    $200
    63
    6.2 0.9
    Acer Iconia Tab A100 (Wi-Fi, 8 GB) $250

    60
    4.7 0.9
    Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet A1 (Wi-Fi, 16 GB) $200

    60
    6.5 0.9
    Archos 70b Internet Tablet (Wi-Fi, 8 GB) $200

    57
    5.4 0.7
    Archos 80 G9 (Wi-Fi, 16 GB) $300

    55
    5.7 1.1
    Archos 80 G9 (Wi-Fi, 8 GB)
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    55
    5.7 1.1
    Pandigital SuperNova (Wi-Fi, 4 GB) $200

    49
    6.1 1.1
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    44
    5.2 1
    ViewSonic ViewBook VB730 (Wi-Fi, 8 GB) $210

    43
    6.6 1
    07-24-12 06:13 AM
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