Unfortunately, just like the Xoom, the lack of available apps, including the aforementioned email, and messaging clients outside of BlackBerry Bridge, limit the PlayBook at launch, especially considering there are more than 65,000 iPad apps available in the App Store.
However, just about everything not missing from the tablet works well. The PlayBook sports the most complete tablet browser with full Flash support and Office apps that will be the envy of any iPad-toting road warrior.
BlackBerry Tablet OS is ideal for the seven-inch screen, but I think it will need more active elements like widgets if it finds its way onto an 8.9- or ten-inch device. I also hope RIM enables some customization, including user-created folders, in addition to tweaking memory management and exterminating a handful of bugs.
The bottom line: RIM has done a decent job of sprinkling just enough enterprise goodies to make the PlayBook appealing for business users, and once the email client and other needed apps ship, it will be appealing for everyday users as well.
- Tough, solid build
- BlackBerry Tablet OS responsive, fluid
- Most complete tablet browser to date
- Office apps superb
- Missing basic apps at launch (coming soon, however)
- No SD card slot
- Power button way too small
- Memory management needs work