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When seen as just another tablet, the BlackBerry (BB) PlayBook (PB) is nondescript. But when seen as a first attempt by a company that’s always striving to perform better, it’s one helluva achievement.

tech reviews Updated: Aug 12, 2011 11:20 IST

All eyes on playbook 2

When seen as just another tablet, the BlackBerry (BB) PlayBook (PB) is nondescript. But when seen as a first attempt by a company that’s always striving to perform better, it’s one helluva achievement.

The PB is easy to use, no doubt. It’s also quite comfortable to carry around both in terms of size and weight. The problem lies in accessing applications. There are some good ones. But, overall, they are very few.

Also, beware all non-BB users for you need another BB device to get that ‘professional’ email environment.

It’s only after you connect the two devices that you can access emails and the BB messenger.

If you are looking for a verdict, it’s that the PB may not be the best tablet PC available in the market today. But if this is the debut attempt, it will be tough to wait for its upgraded version.

Behind the curve
There are only three good reasons that we can think of for you to break your bank for HTC’s latest tablet released in India.

1) You are a fan of HTC’s excellent smartphones and want the same experience, just bigger.

2) Writing notes on a screen with a ‘Magic Pen’ is your idea of cool.

3) You hate Steve Jobs and wouldn’t buy an iPad if your life depended on it.

While the Flyer has pretty much everything you would expect from a modern day tablet, there are some things that can be potential deal breakers: an older version of Android that is not optimised for tablets, terrible cameras, no HDMI port, a single-core processor and an outrageous price (how HTC plans to get users to pay more for less is beyond us).

Unless you really want that stylus (which, we admit, works really well), do yourself a favour and buy an iPad.