|Headphone Jack, Volume and Play, and Power. Rear Camera on Back.|
- Dimensions: 7.6" x 5.1" x .4" thick. Weighs 0.9 lbs/425g.
- Cameras: 3mp front. 5mp rear.
- Touch-Sensitive bezel.
- Bluetooth DUN, HID, SPP. A Bluetooth mouse worked, but I failed with Bluetooth keyboards.
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Front-facing Stereo Speakers
- Two Microphones. Voice Notes sound excellent.
- Notification LED
- External Volume rocker
- External Play/Pause button.
- Headphone jack.
- Mini HDMI port. Full mirroring of the UI on your HDTV.
- Micro USB port.
|Bottom Edge: microHDMI, microUSB, and Dock Port.|
The Playbook is well built and comfortable to hold. It doesn't feel flimsy or squeaky, and the matte-finish rear is both fingerprint-shy and non-slippery. Tapping on the back only finds a small hollow right in the middle where the logo is, with the rest of the area sounding solid. I greatly appreciate the play/pause button between the volume + and - buttons on the top edge. The front facing speakers are loud and efficient. The included soft slip-on cover was a nice touch too.
Cons: No dedicated email app. No dedicated contacts app. Limited app store compared to Android. The power button is also hard to press when you want to turn the Playbook ON. Very slow to boot up from the OFF state.
Summary: This is a very capable tablet. The $299 price is fair for what you get and what it can do. Screen reaction is fluid. Media playback is beautiful though not fully-featured. The OS is refreshing compared to Android and iOS, but the missing email app and android app support is a wound that needs repair before I'll recommend this to anyone. Are you listening, RIM? I'm parking mine until that update shows up. The HTC Flyer is also $299 now, and it's an Android 7" tablet with some useful enhancements.
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