Blackberry PlayBook Specification and Review

October 14, 2010 | by

The BlackBerry PlayBook is the companies take on the budding digi-pad biz. But the question the storms our brain is whether or not RIM manage to make a tablet that’s as popular with the suits as its ubiquitous smart phones?

Design and Performance

The gadget flaunts a 7-inch screen, which happens to be smaller than the 9.7-inch Apple iPad but bigger than the 5-inch Dell Streak, giving it a domain in-between and putting it right into Samsung Galaxy Tab grounds. Well, if you care to think this in practical terms, that means it’s too big to pop in a pocket, but small enough for your average handbag or manbag. The 5-inch Streak is rather small, and the iPad too big to hold in one hand for long, so the PlayBook’s size comes along with some vital promises for one-handed use.

This power-packed gadget is bound to come at a high price, based on its sky-high specs. It facilitates a 1GHz dual-core processor on-board, as well as 1GB of RAM. The tool will have BlackBerry 6 OS interface, for the big screen, RIM has employed a new OS specifically made for tablets.

New OS for Playbook

This is not that good a news as what it really means is that existing BlackBerry apps won’t work on the PlayBook. What comes as a relief is that RIM has come up with a new developer platform that means new apps will work on both the PlayBook and newer BlackBerry phones. The PlayBook provides Java support, so at least you can get Java apps up and running which smooth up things.

According toResearch In Motion officials the PlayBook supports multitasking. Well that’s tricky because it is hard to actually find out that whether the apps are running in the background. Whatever it may be the heavy-duty dual-core processor which powers the tool is sure capable of more parallel processing, but the trade-off comes in the terms of battery life which would suffer as a result.

Entertainment and Games

To start with, the web surfers will enjoy the privileges of a browser that supports HTML5 and Adobe Flash 10.1 with hardware-accelerated video. This feature outruns the iPad, which eschews Flash, and Android-powered tablets, which only get Flash when they hit version 2.2 of Android.

Apple has its own reasons in removing Flash —  Thirst for battery juice and the pressure it puts on the processor happens to be one of them, but Flash is lovely and most importantly popular.

The PlayBook not only delivers compatibility with H.264, MPEG-4 and WMV video codecs but also provides a mini-HDMI port so you can connect it to a television or projector. Now you have the liberty to output something else to the HDMI port than that which you’re seeing on the screen, so you can play a PowerPoint presentation while reading your notes, for example.


The PlayBook brings you two 1080p, high-definition video cameras which are sure to help you get away with all your photographic desires. The rear camera one on the back, takes brilliant 5-megapixel stills, while the front camera snaps 3-megapixel shots.

Detailed Specification:

  • Cortex A9 CPU @ 1 GHz (dual-core)
  • 1 Gigabyte of RAM
  • 7-inch screen / 7? LCD
  • Blackberry Tablet OS
  • Multitasking capability
  • Flash support
  • Dual HD cameras: 3 MegaPixel (front) & 5 MegaPixel (back), 1080p HD video
  • HDMI video output via microHDMI / microUSB
  • WiFi support 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • BlueTooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Almost half the weight of the Apple iPad (which is much bigger)


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