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Reviewing the Blackberry PlayBook

The Blackberry brand joins the tablet market with the release of the Blackberry Playbook. Highlighting powerful features for improved productivity, it enables users to multitask. Catch up on the news, answer personal and business emails while listening to your favourite tunes. Now, you can do both - work and play using one device.

A tablet for all the right reasons

Interface

If multitasking is your everyday fare, the Blackberry Playbook allows you to surf while video calling meaning you can use several functions at the same time without slowing down its performance.

Portability

Lightweight and thin, this device weighs 0.9lb making it easy to carry from one place to another.

Performance

Multimedia at its best, your new gadget is designed for outstanding performance from its 1080P HD camera, 3MP front camera, 5MP rear camera, and rich stereo sound making video watching and calling a seamless experience. From browsing and working to gaming and video streaming, this gadget has it all.

Speed

Built with a 1GHZ dual core and 1GB RAM, this gadget is fast. It has a touch screen and a battery life of 10 hours, adequate for multimedia fanatics. Adobe Flash 10.2 and HTML5 are supported by its OS making sure that you can browse the web without any hitch. Boasting of useful apps, the new BB Playbook is perfect for the person on the go. Combine professional and leisurely lifestyles with a few taps of the finger.

Compatibility and Security

Synchronise everything using your BB smart phone allowing you to check emails while watching a movie. Even if you don't own a BB phone, you can still multitask. Security is the same as you would expect from a BB smart phone since at the moment, this is the only way to get your contacts and email and view them from the screen of the Playbook.

Its distinct advantage over other tablets is that security wise, the BB Playbook keeps valuable data from third parties safe. It is the only tablet in the market at the moment that is FIPS 140-2 certified making it eligible for use by Federal agencies in the US. Therefore, those concerned with privacy issues and transmission of delicate data are going to get along with the Blackberry Playbook as a work device over other tablets in the market.

What's next?

While there are benefits from picking up the Blackberry Playbook as a work and play device such as fast performance, portability, and secure browsing, a major flaw in the device seen by many users is the operating system's lack of support for 'native applications'. However, the potential is there for the BB Playbook to succeed and outperform them all. After all, this is the only tablet in the market that is NIST certified. Expect enhanced performance once updates are available.

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