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BlackBerry PlayBook gets panned by reviewers

Daniel Ionescu | April 14, 2011
The critics have weighed in with their early thoughts on RIM's device.


TechChruch's MG Siegler also takes a stab at the tablet's limitations: "So why not wait until there's a little more polish to get it out there on the market? [...]But given that it's selling at the same price points as the iPad, I find it hard to imagine they'll be able to compete in the consumer space right now. Maybe if they can nail the Android app support that will change the scene a bit."


Gizmodo's review from Matt Buchanan points out even more missing features in the PlayBook: "No Android apps yet. You can't create custom app categories. There's no universal search to quickly find apps. You can't rearrange your open app cards. Half the time you try to touch a link in the browser, you don't know if you touched it correctly or not -- the feedback isn't fast enough." However, Buchanan liked the PlayBook "for being so small, it's got tons of muscle, like a freaky little dude on 'roids."


Engadget's Tim Stevens wraps up saying that the PlayBook has "hardware that looks and feels great but isn't being fully served by the software. [...]And, ultimately, we have a tablet that's trying really hard to please the enterprise set but, in doing so, seems to be alienating casual users who might just want a really great seven-inch tablet."


Finally, LaptopMag's Mark Spoonauer nails it: "It's not really a matter of too little, too late with the BlackBery PlayBook. If anything, RIM's first tablet feels as if it was rushed to market."

 

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