Announced last September, Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry PlayBook is the smartphone maker’s foray into the increasingly crowded tablet market, currently dominated by the Apple iPad. The media and bloggers were treated to a first-hand preview at a media event at GTower yesterday. The 7.6″ device at first glance exudes the same business chic every BlackBerry smartphone user enjoys with their device. It certainly looks and feels well-built. Everything that looks fantastic on paper, doesn’t always translate to a good ‘real-world’ experience however, as some have found.
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There were several units for attendees to play with, while a live demo by a ‘non-technical’ person was done via HDMI output to a LCD screen. There were many familiar faces from the tech scene there to experience the tablet first hand, including celebrity Daphne Iking, who was there shooting a segment for her show. The posh yet business-like venue was perfect for the preview. We spent a good 2 hours there. My first impressions coming in the next post. In the meantime, check out coverage by Advertlets bloggers – Rebecca Saw and Smashpop.net.
More pictures from the media event here:
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