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Four reasons to avoid the BlackBerry PlayBook

Tony Bradley | March 28, 2011
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet shows some promise, but here are four compelling reasons not to get the RIM tablet.

Apps- RIM won some bonus points with the announcement that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to run Android apps. Kudos. However, Android as a platform has only fraction of the apps available for Apple's iOS. If you break it down based on apps that are actually designed for the tablet as opposed to the smartphone, the gap is even wider in favor of the iPad. I know that the majority of app pitches I get are aimed at the iPad, and when I inquire about other platforms Android is on the radar, but has to wait a few months because it's a lower priority.

The Android apps won't run natively either, which could lead to performance issues. The Android apps will run in an a separate environment within an app player which can be downloaded from BlackBerry App World. The PlayBook will also run BlackBerry apps, but there are even fewer of those.

In many ways, the PlayBook seems more on par with the Atrix 4G laptop dock than with other tablets. It has more functionality than the Atrix 4G as a standalone mobile device, but when it comes to critical functionality the RIM tablet relies heavily on the BlackBerry smartphone.

If you have a BlackBerry smartphone, there are some cool features in the PlayBook and you should at least check it out--but, I believe that other tablets still present a much better value. If you don't have a BlackBerry smartphone, don't even think about getting a PlayBook tablet.


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