I got one of the $198 Blackberry Playbooks (16GB) from Walmart – but just barely. I noticed Sunday morning that Walmart was offering the super discounted price – online only. I ordered one, got the super fast shipping, and have been enjoying my new Playbook since Tuesday. However, I noticed Sunday evening that Walmart had sold out of the 16GB models
What I like about the Playbook:
- It feels well built; solid and substantial in your hands
- The rubberized back is nice
- The user interface is easy to learn and practical to use
- I’ve been able to find apps that meet most of my needs
- Battery life is good
- It fits in my bag; I can take it with me everywhere
- User reviews at online retailers are mostly positive
These are my concerns about the Playbook:
- Professional reviewers are largely critical of the Playbook
- Blackberry’s App World has a smaller selection of apps than Apple or Android
- No Kindle or Nook apps
One of the most frequent criticisms of the Playbook is the “tiny” and “difficult to depress” power button. However, I think the power button functions just fine. In defense of the reviewers, I did read somewhere that Blackberry was going to raise the power button to make it easier to press. So, I could have gotten a Playbook with a “new and improved” power button.
Another criticism of the Playbook (and other 7″ tablets) is that it is half the size of the iPad. Well, I’ve had an iPad 2, and I thought it was a great device, but the 7″ Playbook is a better fit for me because it’s easier to keep with me at all times.
I like the Blackberry Playbook and think that the bad press it is getting is undeserved. I also think that the bad press has discouraged developers from devoting resources to creating apps for the Playbook. But I’ve only been using a Playbook for 3 days. Let me know what you think.