BlackBerry Playbook

A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

A Half-Baked PlayBook is the tip of the Firmware Nightmare

If there's one message that comes through loud and clear about the BlackBerry PlayBook - both in our review and in others - it's that RIM's first tablet is half-baked in its current state. The 7-inch slate is dependent on a phone for half of its key apps, glitchy in more places than it should be, and has left reviewers warning would-be early-adopters that it might even be too early for them to consider, well, adopting. Welcome to the firmware nightmare, where every device is a work-in-progress and nobody is ever quite satisfied.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Review

BlackBerry PlayBook Review

Until today, the consumer tablet market has been defined by the battle between iPad and Android. Apple's best-selling slate has set expectations for mobile utility and usability, managing to persuade users that - despite years of Microsoft Tablet PC promotion - the company pretty much invented the tablet segment. Google's Honeycomb (review) has launched its offensive against the iPad titan, and now it's the turn of RIM and the BlackBerry PlayBook. Initially billed as the enterprise-focused slate a BlackBerry phone toting business person would covet, the PlayBook's scope has gradually grown to encompass the consumer market too. Has that spreading focus left RIM with the jack of all trades or the master of none? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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SlashGear BlackBerry PlayBook Giveaway: We have a Winner!

SlashGear BlackBerry PlayBook Giveaway: We have a Winner!

As you might recall, last week we offered you the chance to win one of RIM's brand new BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, courtesy of our friends over at Office Depot. You've been entering in your droves, and today we're excited to announce that the winner is Max Rosner of Illinois.

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AT&T blocks BlackBerry Bridge app for PlayBook [Update 2: AT&T responds]

AT&T blocks BlackBerry Bridge app for PlayBook [Update 2: AT&T responds]

AT&T may have undermined an integral part of the BlackBerry PlayBook's functionality, over what looks to be concerns regarding tethering use. BlackBerry Bridge is the system by which RIM allows for email, contacts, calendar and other app access on a PlayBook tablet from a BlackBerry smartphone; however, it also allows for tethering, something which seems to have prompted AT&T to block the app.

Update 2: AT&T statement after the cut

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BlackBerry PlayBook on sale now

BlackBerry PlayBook on sale now

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now on sale, with the WiFi-only QNX slate available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models priced from $499. The PlayBook is available from RIM direct or from Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples. More details on accessories after the cut.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 17, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video –  April 17, 2011

For this week's tech news roundup video, we highlight the launch of the HTC Sensation smartphone and their HTC Sense 3.0 UI along with several news items involving Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 Mango update. Continue after the jump for the video and the full list.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Giveaway Warning – Only Three Days Left!

BlackBerry PlayBook Giveaway Warning – Only Three Days Left!

We've got a freaking BlackBerry PlayBook just burning a hole in our desk (we've only got one desk, so what?) and we want to give it to YOU. That's right! And all you've got to do is click a few times and POOF, you'll be entered in the contest where a completely random selection drawing will take place and BAM, you'll have a chance at winning this BlackBerry PlayBook for free!

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BlackBerry PlayBook Review Roundup

BlackBerry PlayBook Review Roundup

The time has come, RIM fans, BlackBerry's PlayBook has begun to be seeded in the press and the reviews are leaking inward, toward your screen at an alarming rate. What are all these people with tapping fingers and eyes for the Canadian OS giant saying? We've got just the formula for you to find out: a roundup post. That's right, find out right here and right now what the 7" BlackBerry tablet has to offer, with its 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB Wi-Fi models having their $499, $599, and $699 prices respectively. Behold the words of the judges!

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SlashGear BlackBerry PlayBook Giveaway!

SlashGear BlackBerry PlayBook Giveaway!

If you hadn't already noticed, SlashGear and our sibling site Android Community are in a tablety-mood at the moment, with a handful of Motorola XOOM slates that we're simply desperate to give away to our readers. Office Depot has generously given us a BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi tablet to give away too; check out exactly how you can win this QNX slate after the cut.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Sales Manual Leaked

BlackBerry PlayBook Sales Manual Leaked

If you are anxious to see the BlackBerry PlayBook, you can get a little preview from a leaked guide for retail salespeople. The guide is quite thorough, and includes information about everything from hardware features to usability to accessories. It also reveals (not surprisingly) that RIM is positioning the tab for consumers, not just its business users. See the guide and read more after the cut.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 11, 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 11, 2011

Behold, the day has come when the great one, mister Steve Jobs himself, will be releasing an official biography of his whole entire life. This book will be called "iSteve: The Book of Jobs," and will be blasting out on shelves (we're assuming it'll be printed on paper too,) inside 2012. Between that and Photoshop integration famous art software into the iPad, I think we're pretty much set for news today. Oh you'd like a whole lot more? Well let's take a look then - perhaps there's more deeper in the bag.

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RIM CEOs blast critics for lack of appreciation; PlayBook will be focussed attack not iPad all-rounder

RIM CEOs blast critics for lack of appreciation; PlayBook will be focussed attack not iPad all-rounder

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has struck out at critics, questioning "why there's this negative sentiment" within the industry which maintains the company has lost its momentum. "Why is it that people don’t appreciate our profits? Why is it that people don’t appreciate our growth?" the outspoken exec asked the NY Times. "Why is it that people don’t appreciate the fact that we spent the last four years going global? Why is it that people don’t appreciate that we have 500 carriers in 170 countries with products in almost 30 languages?"

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