Posted by:Shyam Sundar March 26th, 2011

The PlayBook tablet, unveiled six months ago is going on sale next month and the initial reviews are mixed. Here are some of the takes:

  • The first version of the PlayBook won’t have cellular capability. Users will be able to use WiFi for Web access.
  • Users will need to connect the Playbook to their BlackBerry to read email delivered from BlackBerry servers.
  • The mini-HDMI port is great for streaming HD videos to a larger screen.
  • The PlayBook will technically be able to run most Android apps, through a virtual machine (“Android App Player”).
  • The Android App Player will not be able to play Honeycomb (Android 3.0) apps that are made for tablets.
  • Users cannot access the Android marketplace, they need to go through RIM’s Android App store. Developers need to resign their apps and submit it to RIM for approval into their Android store.
  • The QNX OS is game-developer friendly with support for flash, OpenGL, hardware-accelerated graphics and multi-threaded native C/C++ apps
The feature rich specs (dual-core processor, multi-tasking, Flash support, HDMI output, USB) may yet overshadow the initial usability issues and find friends in the enterprise world.

The base 16GB WiFi model comes in at $499, with 32GB and 64GB variations coming in at $599 and $699 respectively.

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