Amazon has shipped the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet which sells for $199. I have only seen it in stores and read reviews. One that I read yesterday is from eWeek "Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the world’s smallest vending machine disguised as a tablet ". Generally a good device for doing what you need when you are away from your computer and before bedtime.
Now comes the news that Best Buy is selling the
BlackBerry - PlayBook Tablet with 16GB Memory for $199. I have some experience with the BlackBerry Playbook ever since RIM sent me one to use and try. As soon as I unpacked it my college going daughter ( Yes! I have a college going kid) snatched it from me and off it went to classes and lectures. It is a wifi only device and was a perfect light tablet (14 oz.) for carrying on long walks going between classes. The 7" screen was good enough to hold in your hand and it had all the document software you needed and connect with your computer to transfer notes.
What I am loving about the Blackberry Playbook
- Very easy to type and write notes.
- Easy browsing with multiple tabs
- If you are a Blackberry Phone owner the sync between the device and the Blackberry phone is seamless ( I have not tested this)
- The navigation is a different from the iPad and once you figured it out it is very nice
- You can record good quality video and also use the front facing camera to video chat
- For non-Blackberry users the browser seems to be the only way to check email. Blackberry is probably going to remedy this in an update early 2012.
- There are fewer apps and even fewer free apps. In the upcoming OS update Blackberry has hinted that they will enable a Android App Player which is a huge development and opens these devices to the entire Android market
- Social Sharing : I could not find an easy way to share links from my browser which is very important for me.