CES ’11: Hands-on with BlackBerry PlayBook

By on January 8, 2011
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We play with the book.

I’ve been openly critical about RIM’s upcoming tablet the PlayBook and today I got a chance to try it first hand at CES which is the first time the PlayBook was accessible to the general consumer. I spent about ten minutes with the device and walked away convinced that I will be getting one. To say that RIM has done a fantastic job with PlayBook is to put it mildly. The following two videos show some of what the PlayBook is capable of.

As good as the PlayBook is, it isn’t perfect. There are two things that I would like to see changed one of which, RIM is addressing by announcing partnership with US based sprint network. Hopefully we will see an HSDPA radio in the UAE version.

Other than mobile connectivity, I would very much like the PlayBook to connect directly to a BES server. Right now, it can only do that when paired with a BlackBerry. What this means is that anytime I want to access my BBM or calendar or emails, I will need my BlackBerry within 30 feet of the PlayBook. Of course we have to wait and see what the battery life is on the PlayBook but RIM has been pretty good with that in their Smartphones so it’s not something I’d worry much about.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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