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5 Reasons The New BlackBerry PlayBook Might Be For You

Submitted by on April 14, 2011 – 8:33 am3 Comments

Well, that certainly took long enough.

It seems like it’s been about five years since RIM first announced that they were working on a tablet computer. Or rather, five years since the rumors they were working on a tablet computer started to surface. If you haven’t been paying much attention to said rumors, they eventually came true and RIM will be releasing their first tablet computer called the BlackBerry PlayBook next Tuesday. Great news! Um, right?

Sort of. In reality, RIM waited so long to release their PlayBook they’ve got plenty of competitors who have a head start. Of course, there’s Apple with their iPad and iPad 2. But other companies are in on the tablet action, as well, with Samsung dropping the Android-enabled Galaxy Tab last year and everyone from Motorola to Vizio working on new tablets ever since. That said, we’re happy to report that there is still a strong market for the PlayBook! And if you’re the right type of person, then the PlayBook just might be for you. Here are five reasons you might want to consider ditching the other options out there and sticking with BlackBerry.

1. It comes with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and the ability to multitask.

Your natural inclination towards the PlayBook might be, “Eh! I’m not getting it if it runs the same way my BlackBerry Bold does.” And you’ve got a point. While BlackBerry phones still aren’t nearly as advanced as the iPhone or any Android-powered device out there, the PlayBook is basically right on par with all of the other tablets, including the iPad 2, that are currently on the market. It can surf the Web just like them, run applications just like them, deliver full computing power just like them and, basically, give you the same type of experience as them. So don’t think that just because your Bold doesn’t run as quickly as your friend’s iPhone that the PlayBook will deliver the same type of experience. Because it is designed to be better than any BlackBerry smartphone that has come before it.

2. It runs Flash!

Ever used your iPad to watch a video on Flash-driven sites? No, you haven’t, because it won’t do it! Steve Jobs‘s hatred towards Flash has made it impossible for iPad users to stream videos. But with the PlayBook, you’ve got Flash—and that means access to more than 1.5 million sites like Vimeo who use Flash to show videos.

3. It syncs up to your BlackBerry smartphone.

If you’ve got a BlackBerry phone already, then you definitely want to keep the PlayBook in mind right now. That’s because you can access your phone’s email, calendar, address book, and even BBM from your PlayBook, which will be extremely helpful if you plan on using your tablet for business reasons.

4. It has an App World that should grow exponentially once the PlayBook is released.

Yeah, we’re not going to lie to you—the BlackBerry App World blows. Like, it’s so far behind The App Store and the Android Market that it’s really not even worth opening it if you’ve got a BlackBerry. Outside of a few relatively helpful apps, most of the stuff in there is a waste of your time. But now that the PlayBook is being released, we fully expect app developers to take advantage of BlackBerry’s new platform and develop apps that take advantage of all that it has to offer.

5. It is a well-thought out product that includes just about every feature you’d want from a tablet.

Is the PlayBook late to the party? Of course it is. This thing should have been out about a year ago. But kudos to RIM for taking the time to make sure they got the PlayBook right the first time. From the forward and rear-facing cameras to the crispy design elements that make the PlayBook look visually appealing, it’s clear they took the time to make you want to own their first tablet rather than just relying on their name in order to sell it to you. It’s just one of the many reasons you might want to put your iPad down and give it a try.

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