Powerful, Portable and Versatile
Reviewed on Monday April 14, 2014 by Lou, Toronto, Canada
I bought my Playbook over a year ago, and I am very happy with it. I didn't really know what to expect from it, but I had confidence in it based on its specification and other users' reviews of it. I bought the 32GB Playbook based on comments from those who bought the 16GB tablet, but I was so happy with it that I also bought a 64GB tablet, for a little extra money, to get the larger storage capacity.
I haven't yet learned all of its capabilities or used all of its features, but I have used it for web surfing, for reading news and email, listening to radio programs and for watching movies and videos. It has been wonderful for those. I did get hooked on Fruit Slash and spent too much time with that! I downloaded the Blackberry Desktop software and love having the ability to pass files back and forth between my Windows 7 computer and the Playbook. My computer just sees the Playbook as an external storage device - through my computer and the included USB cable I can manipulate files that are on the Playbook, move files between machines, change filenames, play MP3 and MP4 files, and edit documents. I am amazed. It's important to remember that the Playbook is more than an e-reader and more than a tablet to play games on. It is a full computer with all of the power of a computer.
The Playbook is a nice size to carry around the city or take on trips, and I often carry it around my apartment so that I can listen to music or watch a documentary or video. It is a solid, well-made and well-functioning tablet and I strongly recommend it.
I bought Blackberry's leather cover with the optional keyboard, isn't necessary but is convenient. It's nice to have a fully functional keyboard complete with arrow keys to move around text and make edits. I also bought the Rapid Travel Charger, which does speed up charging. I recommend that, too.