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BlackBerry PlayBook Gets A Teardown On Video

Posted in Playbook by Reuben Drake on May 24th, 2011

We’ve seen PlayBook teardowns, but DirectFix has now posted a nine minute teardown and screen repair video for the PlayBook and its fun to watch. This video actually shows the steps needed to disassemble and reassemble the device if you want to do it yourself.

The video shows you how to replace the LCD and touch screen panel on the PlayBook so take notes and only do it when you are confident in your skills.

BlackBerry PlayBook hitting the UK on June 16th

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2011

Those of you in the UK who are eager to get your hands on the first 7-inch BlackBerry device have just under a month to wait. UK retailers have now unveiled the date and prices for RIM’s PlayBook. It will cost you £400 (16GB), £480 (32GB), or £560 (64GB) for your tablet, starting on June 16th. That’s not too long of a wait.

Availability will be widespread. You can get it at Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, Insight, and Best Buy UK to name a few that have already announced that they will be stocking the tablet.

RIM recalls some BlackBerry PlayBooks

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a pretty solid piece of hardware, and a popular tablet choice, but it looks like there was a problem batch of the tablets. According to an inside source nearly 1,000 faulty tablets were shipped to Staples, and now they are being recalled by the company.

Hopefully Staples and other retailers will let their customers know about the problem right away, but if you want to be sure about the one that you bought, just hit the link below and check out the searchable spreadsheet of all 935 alleged serial numbers.

RIM to launch 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook this fall

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

According to multiple sources, RIM is planning on releasing its sequel to the BlackBerry PlayBook around the holidays. The screen size is the main difference. The PlayBook 2 would likely be an additional PlayBook model as opposed to a second-generation tablet.

And it looks like this tablet will be in the 10-inch size. The current model has a 7-inch screen. The first model is selling well if you believe some analysts, so a larger version with an updated OS that includes an email client, BBM and more could be a home run. Makes sense. Hopefully we will hear more on this soon.

Angry Birds Coming To BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2011

It’s official. RIM has confirmed that Angry Birds is headed to the BlackBerry PlayBook, and it should be available on the PlayBook some time this summer. The new game is called Angry Birds: Anger Management and gameplay has changed a bit. Now they sit in an anger management class and talk about their issues. Okay, I made that up. But the game is coming to RIM’s tablet.

We don’t know if Rovio Mobile will be launching a paid version of Angry Birds for the PlayBook, or whether it will be a free version supported by ads. We do know that this game is a massive hit and you will likely buy/download it.

BlackBerry PlayBook gets a tear down

Posted in BlackBerry,Playbook by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Do you know what’s in your PlayBook? Well, we already knew most of the specs, but some things we were unsure of. Like whether the 7-inch tablet had a gyroscope. Now we know that it does, thanks to the guys over at iFixit who have done their usual great job of prying a gadget open and digging inside. What would we do without them?

They gave it a repairability score of 7 out of 10, which is pretty good. Replacing the front glass is a bit hard, but that is true of most devices. Hit the link below for the full details and lots of awesome pics. And don’t try it at home unless you are very confident in your skills.

BlackBerry PlayBook now on sale in the US and Canada

Posted in BlackBerry,Playbook by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

As of today the wait is over. The Blackberry PlayBook can be yours for $500 for the 16GB model, $600 for the 32GB version, or $700 for the 64GB-equipped version. So, now that you can buy one, will you? With basic productivity apps like native email and calendar not yet available, many might look elsewhere.

Then there’s the fact that Android app compatibility hasn’t yet been introduced, and that the PlayBook needs a BlackBerry smartphone nearby in order to be a better tablet. So at this stage, it clearly isn’t for everyone. Will you be buying?

BlackBerry announces PlayBook pre-order, pricing

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Looks like we finally have the pre-order details and pricing info for the PlayBook. There will be three different models in all. First up is a BlackBerry PlayBook featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage for $499, $599 and $699. Just to make things nice and competitive, that pricing is the same as the iPad 2 with WiFi only.

You can expect the PlayBook to be available on April 19 from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada. In fact the device should be available in more than 20,000 stores on launch. But why wait? You can pre-order the PlayBook starting today at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or Future Shop.

BlackBerry PlayBook has 17-hour web browsing battery life?

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2011

RIM has been keeping pretty quiet about how long their upcoming tablet’s battery life is, but now some leaked screenshots of the tablet’s “Battery Assistant” app are shedding some light on the issue. If these pictures are the real deal, then we won’t have to worry about the tablet’s battery life. It is amazing.

They show the tablet at 50% battery life and the indicator says that it can last another 8.5 hours of web surfing. If 50% is 8.5 hours, then that means that the tablet will be able to surf the web for 17 hours on a full charge.

BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB for $499 at Office Depot

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

We now have more details on the availability and pricing for BlackBerry’s PlayBook. Looks like it will be available at Office Depot for $499.99 and in “week 17” which means about the last week of April. The PlayBook will have 16 GB of storage, wifi and is capable of 3G speeds when connected to a Blackberry phone.

The pricing is on par with Apple’s iPad, but RIM will want to get the PlayBook out as soon as possible since Apple’s iPad 2 is coming.

BlackBerry PlayBook coming to Verizon?

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

Of course the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be heading to Sprint with support for its 4G WiMAX network, but what about Verizon? Well, it looks like Verizon will be getting it as well. A page was discovered that previously allowed users to join an early-access type of program for the PlayBook on Verizon.

Looks like the site is owned by a marketing agency that works for RIM and Verizon, so it looks credible. There’s no official confirmation that the PlayBook will be arriving on Verizon though. I guess we will see what happens.

PlayBook might hit 6 million sales mark in 2011

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Things are looking up for the BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM. We know that it will have a comparable (or even better) battery life than the iPad. And now there is talk of a 6 million sales figure for the year ahead, according to RBC Capital Markets GM Mike Abramsky.

This figure comes from the data of an independent survey of 1,100 consumers that found out that 6% of respondents were likely to purchase the BlackBerry PlayBook as soon as it arrives. To put that in perspective, that is almost double the interest shown ahead of the iPad’s launch, so when you extrapolate that you get 6 million. Can RIM actually get those sales?

RIM says PlayBook battery life will be ‘equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size’

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Lately RIM has been saying that its PlayBook slate would have “comparable” battery life to the iPad, but now it is going one better. The company’s senior business marketing VP Jeff McDowell has promised that the PlayBook will offer “equal or greater” battery life than Apple’s device, while using a smaller cell size. It’s an impressive boast.

If they can deliver what they claim, then the iPad needs to pay attention. Many people consider the battery to be one of the iPad’s greatest strengths. They have until that March launch to turn this claim into a reality.

RIM says PlayBook battery will last ‘all day’

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2011

During a business presentation in Boston on Thursday RIM wanted to reassure consumers about the battery life of the BlackBerry PlayBook, hoping to ease worries about longevity. Senior product lead Ryan Bidan said that the audience didn’t have to worry about how long the battery would last. The goal is still officially to get eight hours, or about a “full day” of use.

The battery is 5,300mAH with a capacity of about a third larger than that of the battery on the Galaxy Tab. To reach that capacity, RIM has sealed in the pack to get as much internal space as possible. No removable battery here. Does this statement alleviate your concerns about the Playbook’s battery life?