Hands On with the Blackberry Playbook at CES 2011

One of the biggest talked about things of CES thus far has been how would the Blackberry Playbook look, work, and feel. I’d have to say checking out the device hands on made for a nice competing tablet to go against the iPad & the line of Android tablets out on the market and coming out in the near future.

The Playbook OS is run on QNX software. Checking out the software it feels similar and looks similar but you can tell the difference in the traditional BB OS your accustomed to using. I will say that it does look to handle multitasking pretty good. As I seen it run a movie trailer, a Quake 3 demo, and their browser without any slowdown or hesitation. They also seem to carry over the Webkit browser from OS6 that I grown to love seeing all the Blackberry devices, as their own browser was outdated and horrible.

Its currently running 1Ghz dual core processor. 2 cameras one front and the back and it is shipped to carry WiFi. They should be releasing versions that I can imagine 3G/4G services at a later date. The ability to do various things on the Playbook for fun and still have that corporate presence can definitely make it a big player in the tablet arena and I think this could be the shot in the Blackberry community that is needed to keep from wandering to other competitors.

The Blackberry Playbook is set to release in Q1 2011.