The Blackberry Playbook
One of the fore-runners among the high-performance tablet PCs in the market is the Blackberry Playbook 4G LTE. Being released on August 9, 2012, it is the latest device to run the BlackBerry tablet OS which is based on QNX Nutrimo, a Unix-like OS. This article helps to get a quick look on the specifications of this Playbook. Coming to hardware of the latest 4G LTE, it has got 1.5 GHz processor made by Texas Instruments which is one of the best processors that a tab can have. This is much better processor compared to the previous version of the PlayBook which only had a 1 GHz processor. This powerful processor, when coupled with a 1 GB RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor makes the Playbook feel butter-smooth while playing high-definition games and videos.
The display, at 1024*600 pixels resolution, on a 7’’capacitive multi-touchscreen in this Blackberry Playbook looks pretty decent although not best-in-class. The device comes with 32 GB internal storage which allows a lot of apps and data to be stored not worrying to add external memory. Even the cameras which are 3 MP HD forward-facing and 5 MP HD rear-facing are great with HD video recording. The tab has built-in GPS that makes your navigation a piece of cake. Coming to web-browsing, the playbook has built-in support for HTML5 enabled by Adobe® Flash® 11.2. This is the latest HTML version and ensures that the users get the best internet access.
As for the multimedia on this Playbook, it has built-in stereo speakers and ships in with stereo microphones. The main video outputs that are supported are H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VP, WMV 9. It also supports all the common audio and image formats. Another specification worth mentioning is the connectivity. The Playbook 4G LTE comes with the Wi-Fi 802.11 that supports versions a, b, g and n. It has a Micro USB port for wired connectivity to a PC and it also has a Micro HDMI port to play high-definition videos on other display devices. It also has the Bluetooth 3.1 port, which, even though not the latest version, still facilitates for express speeds of wireless data transfer.
The last item of the Playbook specifications is the size. It is pretty sleek and feels great to hold in the hand. It weighs 425 grams or 0.9 lbs, the width is 194mm or 7.6’’, height is 130mm or 5.1’’ and depth is 10mm or 0.4’’. It comes in black matte finish which is very aesthetic but could be a finger-print magnet. This tab also has accelerometer and gyroscope which measure the linear speed and rotational speed respectively.
About the OS of the tab, we can say that BlackBerry did a nice work. However, Blackberry came up with the idea of a new Blackberry 10 OS which works with tabs as well as smartphones. This can be considered a smart move after seeing that Android has same OS for phones and tabs.The apps can be downloaded from Blackberry World where there is an appreciable collection. For the Blackberry Messenger (BBM), the tablet needs to be tethered to a Blackberry Smartphone for accessing features like mail, calendar and contacts. Because the Playbook is capable of using the contacts, e-mail and calendars via a BlackBerry smartphone by tethering, its encryption standard falls in the same category as the smartphone. Overall, the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE is a very good device and correctly priced for all its features.