Research in Motion has just announced the BlackBerry PlayBook, a tablet device designed to compete with Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab. Slated for release in the Spring of 2011, the device will feature multi-tasking, Flash 10.1 support, front and rear-facing HD video cameras, and a slew of other high-end features.

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At a Glance
  • RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook looks promising, but the operating system's rough patches and a lack of app selection are reasons to think twice.


    • Sharp display has vivid, accurate colors
    • High-definition video playback impresses
    • Light weight makes this conducive to hold in hand


    • Initial software is buggy and lacks polish
    • No integrated e-mail, contacts, or calendaring
    • Awkwardly designed onscreen keyboard
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