The BlackBerry was once standard issue for business executives. And while it may have lost some ground to the iPhone and Android devices, it’s still the device most likely to be seen in the hands, on the hip, or in the pocket of corporate decision makers. This is why the BlackBerry PlayBook is TabletPCReview’s tablet of choice for the vacationing businessman or woman.
At only 7-inches, the BlackBerry PlayBook is more mobile than the popular iPad, and it has a tougher build too. In addition, it has the standard video chat feature for quick conferences. But what really makes the PlayBook the ideal business tablet is the BlackBerry Bridge feature that allows the PlayBook to tether to a BlackBerry smartphone. Once connected, the PlayBook can access mail and calendar info from the handset, and surf the web over the smartphone’s cellular connection, even without a costly carrier Wi-Fi hotspot feature enabled. The fact that the PlayBook ships with the best mobile Office apps on any tablet not running Windows is just icing on the cake.
The BlackBerry Bridge feature helps to make the PlayBook an excellent choice for BlackBerry handset owners, but the PlayBook is a great tablet in its own right. It has the most complete browser TPCR has seen on a tablet to date that features excellent Flash performance, and there are a ton of time-killing games available in BlackBerry App World, giving the PlayBook an excellent mix of both enterprise and consumer elements.
An Alternative Tablet
Some business types swear by the pen, which is why the HTC Flyer and its WiMAX cousin, the EVO View 4G are such intriguing devices. Both 7-inch Android tablets support an active pen for inking, similar to Windows 7 slates and convertibles. As a bonus, the EVO View 4G is the first Android tablet to support Netflix, which just might save a trip otherwise ruined by lousy weather.
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