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Nice tablet, but more apps needed

By Yeong Ah Seng

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BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

THE BlackBerry PlayBook has been a long time coming, and will finally be launched here this week.

Here are my first impressions of the PlayBook:

A 425g, 7-inch screen tablet, it has a higher resolution (1024×600) than the iPad, and produces sharper images. The rubbery back finish gives good grip and adds to its overall sturdiness.

However, the on/off button is too small, making it difficult to press.

The 1GHz T1 OMAP CPU operating on QNIX OS is fast and makes for quick navigation.

Plays Flash videos nicely and multitasking is handled very smoothly.

To access e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and memos, the PlayBook must be paired with a BlackBerry device via BlackBerry Bridge.

The connection is seamless. For those who do not have a BlackBerry, other apps and features can also be accessed.

Currently, there are about 3,000 apps in BlackBerry App Word.

Loading the apps and switching from one to another is easy. However, BlackBerry-maker RIM needs to get in more apps, quickly. There are simply not enough apps to make the PlayBook truly useful.

How much: Price to be announced.

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