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Blackberry Playbook Launches At CES

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Blackberry Playbook Launches At CES - Video And First Impression

The Blackberry PlayBook is yet to show its true colours at CES 2011, however we got up close and (almost personal) with PlayBook a day before the official unveiling.

This article is a bold attempt to give a first impression ahead of the launch, almost as bold a the questions we put to Ryan Diban, Senior Product Manager in this video. When asked by TrustedReviews if our understanding of the Q2 UK release date was correct, you can clearly hear the answer: "I'm not discussing that in detail yet." Shrifts don't come much shorter than that, apart from the stony silence when your correspondent offers to hang on to it for them.

We can understad why they are keeping their cards close to their chest but we have seen the PlayBook first hand and we can confirm that it is real and looks as nifty as RIM claim. The 7in tablet is very compact in size and feels really good in your hands. However despite a number of questions from us on a “concrete” release date RIM did confirm a Q1 for the North American market.

The only other new piece of information we got this evening, beside actually seeing the PlayBook in action was Diban’s claim of an eight hour battery life despite rumours in the press of significantly less than that.

No matter what we think, we will hopefully get our hands on the precious tablet tomorrow to see exactly what it can and can’t do and we will be updating this article at this URL as soon as we know more.

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Kashif Bhatti

January 6, 2011, 2:56 pm

Need to be tethered to a blackberry phone for email, calendar and BBM? Hope not the case in the UK.. or hope their handsets dramatically improve... if so, deal-breaker right there...

Richard

January 7, 2011, 2:03 am

@Kashif....that's a joke yeh? what's wrong with browsing to hotmail.com, or gmail, or using google calendar. This is a tablet not a phone, why would you want to use blackberry messenger, can you use BBM on your laptop, or iphone? No, you can't for a very good reason; neither device is a Blackberry phone.

Kashif Bhatti

January 7, 2011, 7:57 am

@richard the point was seeing I have a BB anyway, which I do use for email, calendar (work) and BBM for, but do not per se need for voice calls, having the playbook would have meant I have a proper browser on the go, and do not need a phone with me, because, being a blackberry, I would (i thought) have email and BBM too.. but now, I still have to carry two items with me. Might as well carry something else if I need to! Our work are thinking about ipads or waiting on android alternatives, which, if i can get away with one device, is fine... but this tablet looks awesome.

Ash

January 7, 2011, 3:32 pm

They should get TAT to redesign the UI.

askjarv

January 7, 2011, 11:52 pm

I'm not sure where the excitement around this product comes from. The blackberry brand is a good one for messaging- but this device (which would've been a great messaging focused device, with everything else as an aside) doesn't push this (as per previous commenter's comments)- and as a web enabled tablet I can't see the perk of this platform, with only one hardware manufacturer, a dull UI and a history of poor developer support (see Blackberry market success versus Android and Apple (and even Microsoft)) (and no, web apps alone can not make up for a lack of real applications as we've seen with Apple who had to back down from the original iPhone "no third party code approach - low and behold when they backtracked on this they suddenly changed the entire market!).

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