questionswhat is the best all around touch screen tablet…

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Anybody try the blackberry playbook and have any opinions about it?

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@cornutnc: RIM (the company that makes BB) is not doing well on the phone market, and has lost significant market share to the other two players. The Playbook is reviewed in that Cnet link provided. I'm sure it's okay, but I know ZERO people with it, and I know a lot of people with disposable income who love having the latest toys. I will be switching from Blackberry to the G2 next month, when life settles down for me a bit, and I won't look back.

http://quotes.nasdaq.com/asp/SummaryQuote.asp?symbol=RIMM&selected=RIMM

http://seekingalpha.com/article/270718-why-smart-investors-should-buy-apple-and-google-sell-research-in-motion-and-nokia?source=nasdaq

Whoa. That one is BRUTAL.

I predict that the iPod will go the way of GPS devices (Garmin et al), superseded by the more generally useful phone/pad combinations. I love Seeking Alpha columns; great site. That column says RIM has lost market share because it doesn't have a touch screen; I say it's because their web browsing sucks.

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Thanks, all this is useful info. I like to research into things awhile before making my final decision so I will hold off for awhile. It would be cool to get a pros and cons list of each one.

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I guess the pros and cons are somewhat included in the cnet list.

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I was asking myself this question earlier. Glad to see someone asked this and there are already answers.

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I have used the iPad, Xoom, and Playbook and own a iPad and Playbook.

Here is my impression of each:

The iPad is the easiest to use (of course) and probably my favorite right now. The battery life is great, tons of apps, and a very nice large display. The lack of Flash is a bit annoying at times, but not that big of a deal.

The Playbook is very well built, has great quality components and the display is amazing, best of the three. I am pretty sure the screen delivers 1080 quality picture, things look lifelike. The speakers are stereo and are also about as good as you can get for a device it's size. The interface is new, but pretty easy to use and it supports flash (yay). Also, this summer the Playbook will start supporting Android apps. My big beef with the Playbook is the battery. Where the iPad will last about a week with occasional use for my wife and I, the Playbook seems to have a smartphone battery life of about 10 - 12 hours.

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Not sure if I am doing something improperly, but that was easily my most hated aspect of the Playbook. The Playbook also has HDMI output (nice for travel) and a rubberized back so no scratches or sliding around.

The Xoom just struck me as meh. It is very heavy for it's size and the display is 7 inches, but the screen is no nicer than the iPad (not a bad thing). To me other than being an Android tablet, it doesn't bring anything to the table better than the iPad or Playbook and costs $100 more than the entry level iPad and Playbook (both at $499.99).

So just a quick write-up, let me know if I can offer any other info.

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@funkadelic78: Exactly the info that I desired thanks! I wonder if the playback has some type of battery expansion to counter the shorter battery life.

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@cornutnc: Like the other tablets, nothing is removable on the Playbook without tearing it apart. I need to research it a bit more for work, so I will post what I found out about the battery.

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@funkadelic78: Yeah, if the battery is sealed inside it it would be difficult to mod if they have a mod available. Yeah, let me know your findings on that.

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@funkadelic78: The Playbook's screen does not come close to "1080 quality", it's 1024x600, like almost all <9" slates. In fact the highest resolutions I'm aware of on any tablet are 1280x800 and 1366x768, both only marginally exceeding 720p.

The Xoom is also 10", and is one of the few 1280x800 ones, whereas you called it 7" -- perhaps you're confusing it with another.

The whole tablet/UMPC market sucks for screens. Fujitsu's been shipping 1280x800 5.6" screens for years on their U820/UH900 line, but being tied to x86 architecture limits you to ~5.5 hours. Everyone making ARM-based tablets was content with lower resolutions (1024x600 for large tablets, 800x480 for anything that fits in a coat pocket) until recently, when we finally get the same 1280x800 -- in a 10" monstrosity (Xoom).

I blame it on concern about base price -- manufacturers are too scared to put a decent screen in because it drives price up, and they fear idiots will ignore the specs and buy the cheaper competition.

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@bensonm: The playbook has a higher DPI. Because of this it is stunningly clear. It looks just like my 1080P set at home, thus the comment. I know that technically it is not a true 1080 resolution, just trying to let folks know that it is noticeably sharper than the other screens compared to the iPad and Xoom.

Thanks for clarifying the technical details for those that were confused though.