It’s hard to believe that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be three years old in 2013. Since the launch of this device, RIM has changed its name, underwent some of the most heart-wrenching moments of its history and lost its two co-founders.
But it also laid the foundations to its future with the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone which we reviewed earlier this month.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will not get BlackBerry 10 OS unfortunately but that doesn’t mean that the tablet is, in anyway, obsolete. It can now be purchased from PC World for a mere £116.10 after a 10 per cent discount at checkout when you enter BBPLAY10.
The tablet is still a fairly decent, very capable piece of kit. It runs on a dual-core TI OMAP4430 SoC clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM, 64GB onboard storage (but no microSD card), a 7in 1,024 x 600 pixel capacitive display, BlackBerry Tablet OS (based on QNX), a rear 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing 3-megapixel one, Wi-Fi, microUSB and microHDMI ports as well as Bluetooth.
The tablet, on which the Amazon Kindle Fire is based, weighs a mere 425g and is 10mm thick. The earlier versions of the software on the tablet have been upgraded after users complained its limited features.