Blackberry Playbook – The ultimate desire

Nothing says ‘corporate’ like a Blackberry handset peeping from your pocket. The choice of every businessman and entrepreneur round the globe, the blackberry phones are a perfect pick for those who love turning heads. The blackberry handsets, by teaching the corporate world to work in style, have created quite a niche, rather an ecosphere in world of telecommunication. And it is in the hope of conquering this consumer ecosphere that RIM (Research in motion) has come up with its latest ‘tablet’, the Blackberry Playbook.

Blackberry Playbook

Blackberry playbook, is operated by the QNX, which is nothing less than the most effective and hardcore operating system that man has ever come up with. QNX has run the jets, and powered the nuclear reactors, and is now here in your playbook, to make sure that you have the experience of a life time operating the tablet. Before we set out ‘reviewing’ whether this Blackberry is a ‘playbook’ or a ‘play boy’ let us get familiar with some of the major features of this handset.

Blackberry Playbook Features:

  • Blackberry Playbook Candid Appearance:

Like for every other thing in this world, appearance is the ‘X factor’ that decides how successfully a device will be able to woo the tech-frenzy customers of the 21st century.  However, the black metal exterior of the Blackberry playbook, is rather dull and unassuming, and resembles a remote for controlling the robots, rather than a hi-tech blackberry tablet. The chrome logo at the back of the playbook, and the subtly embossed Blackberry’ below the display screen, does manage the dismal situation, but only to a small extent. Nonetheless, the curved edges and sleek design of the phone, completed with the metallic shine, does give the phone a sophisticated look, which adds to its minimalist charm. The Blackberry playbook, with a thickness of less than 0.4 inches is extremely lightweight (0.9 pounds) yet surprisingly solid. The lightweight of the phone makes it easy to read and carry, while its small size (almost) makes it a perfect fit in your corporate suit.

  • Blackberry Playbook Power button disaster

All good touch phones are characterised by the presence of extremely few physical control buttons, which are present on the chic gadgets, only to perform the crude functions. Following this general trend, the blackberry playbook, has only four press buttons: the volume up, volume down, play/pause and the power button. While the former three are at the least passable, the power button is a complete disaster.  Thanks to its small size and location on the North Pole of the playbook the power button almost inaccessible, unless attacked by a sharp fingernail. Although you can switch on the phone by swiping its touch screen, the power button is the only resort of switching off the phone. And then you just have to go pricking the button with your nail until the screen switches off or you break the nail.

  • Blackberry Playbook Transfer to the 90s

The Blackberry tablet with its 7 inch touch screen runs on a 1GHz dual core processor, which is proficiently manoeuvred by the operating system QNX. This device however lacks 3G facilities. The playbook connects to the net through Wi-Fi and has a connectivity of 802.11a/b/g/, along with the usual facilities like Bluetooth connectivity and internet tethering (usual to blackberry phones). However, since the playbook doesn’t support mass storage on USB, you will be unable to enjoy the simple luxury of plugging your tablet with your laptop, and exchanging files between the two. Instead you would have to connect it over the USB and then install in as a drive, before you can access the various files saved up in your tablet and transfer it to your laptop. The situation is even worse if you are using something other than PC or MAC, as you would have to follow an even complicated procedure before you can successfully tether your tablet to the laptop. All this just to transfer a file!! Are we going back to the 90s?

  • Blackberry Playbook Picture Perfect

On a brighter note, the playbook, with a front facing 3 megapixel camera and a back facing 5 megapixel camera, provides awesome picture clarity and viewing angles, thus making it a treat for the traveller and photographer in you. The tablet supports video recording up to 1080p and is popular for its great picture and sound quality. The small 3.5 mm headphone jack which is hidden away near the top of the phone, is provided with spot stereo speaker grilles cut into the glass, all of which adds up to make the sound system of the tablet reasonably good. Another better feature of the blackberry playbook is that it has three ports: – micro –HDMI, micro-USB and an apt three prong charging connector, which charges the device at twice the rate, as compared to the micro-USB. The charging connector is a great solace, when the device is in sleeping mode or is connected to an external adaptor.

Finally, the best feature of the Blackberry playbook is its graphics, efficiently managed by the PowerVR design, which makes decoding and viewing of downloaded videos and application extremely simple and enjoyable. The various applications of the phone are loaded as soon as your finger contacts the icon, and shifting from one application to another, is butter smooth process. Efficient memory management is another major positive of the blackberry tablet.

  • Blackberry Playbook Negatives:

The biggest snag of the blackberry tablet is that it has no specific applications for contacts, calendars and e-mails. In order to send email, you have to go to the web browser and enter the full website name of the email provider. Alternatively, you may connect to another Blackberry phone via Bluetooth, and access the email applications therein.

The second drawback of Blackberry playbook is it lacks the common typing tools like spelling autocorrect. Though the gadget will be able to recognise the misspelt spellings, it won’t provide you with any spelling suggestion, leaving you to figure on your own, what the correct spelling might be. Also the keyboard of the device, lacks the additional keys corresponding to punctuation marks, numbers and mathematical functions, and you will have to go the ‘Add symbols’ option to find them. Finally, in order to edit or save a document on Microsoft word and excel, you have to copy and paste the text every single time, which is a very awkward and maladroit a process.

Lastly, due to its new operating system, the blackberry playbook supports only a few applications. The tablet does not support the more popular applications related to social media and jobs, and also there are no shortcuts for viewing and sharing videos and files.

  • Blackberry Playbook Moral of the story

The blackberry playbook ($499) is priced same as the leading android tablets and I pads, but lack the many applications and the functionality that characterize the later. Its major positives include battery life, camera, size, graphics and responsive touch applications. Also wireless file transfer and bridge connection to another Blackberry smart phone, are a few other major plus points of the playbook. However, such being the situation, it is wise to get a blackberry playbook, only if you have another blackberry smart phone. But this is an option only few can afford to avail.

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