Blackberry Playbook 64GB- Grade A  + free Rapid Charger £83.99 delivered @ Aria
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Blackberry Playbook 64GB- Grade A + free Rapid Charger £83.99 delivered @ Aria

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Found 20th Jul 2013
£83.99 delivered from Aria for 4 x the capacity of the £77 deal.

I was looking for a bigger capacity playbook to put my movies on and came across this deal which I think is decent for a device to surf the net and watch movies on the go.
It will also do for the kids.

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Good deal. Decent tablet with good build quality and features such as hdmi and stereo front speakers. Games are a bit limited though with popular releases not being available and tbose that are cost a wee bit more. For me i mainly use it for browsing (fast and compatiable) and music... 64gb built in gives me loads of space. Big app disappointment is movies... cant use blinkbox at all as they didched flash in favour of silverlight.

Great in hardware department, but Blackberry go out of their way to block sideloading android apps*, and the price of stuff from Blackberry is worse than Windows Phone and the selection no better !

* several people on here say upgrades have not stopped their Playbook being able to sideload. MINE stopped. Ive not been able to since the last OS upgrade months ago

These are finally hitting their correct market level. Excellent quality tablet if you're aware of their limitations.

There's nearly 3 apps available in their app store now. Great deal!

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Still enjoying mine although the bb10 myth for these has now been confirmed as nothing more than dreams of fans and lies of directors.

Act one player side loaded is great way to actually watch your film content on these. It's still a nice bit of kit but I wouldn't buy a second one if I needed another tablet. It's just okay to surf the net. My phone does a better job of that on wifi although the screen is obviously a lot smaller

do these play flash video?

Original Poster

I believe they do play flash according to lots of the forums.

The quality of the build is absolutely amazing. The body is made of good quality metal and there's no flex when you use it because it's so well screwed together. I would rate it above the iPad. The screen is 1080 HD with good quality speakers each side of the screen. It's been chucked in my luggage and my backpack with just a light case and screen cover and I always feel that it's tough enough to survive. The downside is that the OS is locked to Blackberry who's aim is security. I cannot argue that it isn't secure - if it was lost or stolen and you had set decent security, you can be fairly confident that nobody would get to your stuff. There is Android compatibility but it's not that good and a lot of settings required for most android apps are denied by the system. This means that even if you could sideload the things you wanted it still might not work. I don't believe that the current version of the OS is hackable so you can't put plain android on there instead. If it was, I would probably replace the OS with plain Android. Not that the OS is bad - it's slick and responsive in a way that Android hasn't quite achieved but Blackberry never made the most of their App store so not a huge amount of apps out there.

Would this be useful for quickly sorting through folders containing thousands of jpegs? Either just for purposes of making shortlists or actually working on files in some 'Photoshop-like' editing software for printing.

intikab

The screen is 1080 HD



It isn't of course. It's 1024x600.

I am no computer or tablet expert. Both my daughters have an IPAD , however, I travel a lot and wanted something that will link into my Blackberry phone. Additionally, I can watch films etc if I want. At this price and spec it is hard to compare it with any comparable mainstream device. For £83.99 it seems an awful lot of kit for the money and is substantially cheaper than an IPAD mini. I've ordered one.

iv had one since september last year and its pretty good. its a bit fiddly with loading stuff on at times but as long as you are patient then it is fine. the app store is rubbish but iv not had a problem sideloading.

As a relative novice who has just ordered this device, can someone please explain what side loading is, what do you achieve by doing it and how is it done? Many thanks.

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melmelee

As a relative novice who has just ordered this device, can someone please … As a relative novice who has just ordered this device, can someone please explain what side loading is, what do you achieve by doing it and how is it done? Many thanks.



If you google it, there are a few sites that give detailed instructions, it's actually really easy to do. Basically it means that you can put various Android Apps on the device, free. The likes of Angry Birds etc

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Back in stock! Looks like they added more :-)

Got mine from Morgans but same Grade A. Love mine.

I think everyone that wants to order this device should also check your local Gumtree first. I picked up mine yesterday for £50, with original box accessory and an extra case as well...

Great hardware, would be a great OS if only it had been better supported (IMO its slick, well designed and the WebOS-inspired multitasking is still superior to iOS and Android).

But Blackberry have completely lost the plot... Their U-turn on BB10 for this device is shameful (i've totally lost trust in them), the length of time it took them to get BB10 out in the first place was ridiculous, and they've arrogantly priced themselves out of contention with the Q10 and supposedly budget (but actually £300+) Q5. I was really rooting for them but they're away with the fairies, things look seriously bleak.

Still, if you just want the basics and apps aren't a concern, you won't get a better tablet for this price.

Both my eldest boys have one each and have done for nearly a year now and they are still going strong,yes the App Store is a little short of quality games/apps(that's if your comparing it to the apple App Store !!!)
Build and screen quality are up there the best,I have an ipad mini and the screen resolution is not a patch compared to the bb,with being 64gb I have managed to cram also sorts of films and albums for them(movies consist of avi and mpeg)...... For this price a bargain voted hot hot hot.

this is a superb tablet for the money. i have one and also i have got my little boy one. i have installed nes/snes/mega drive/n64 and ps1 emulators on them, with 1000's of games, about 20 hd games on each, and my lads has about 30 high def disney/pixar etc films on it, plus 100's of kids books. i know none of this is groundbreaking stuff, but for the price, it makes an excellent little toy. great for us when going on car journeys, flights etc. as said before, the build quality is second to none. one word of warning though, i would recommend a magnetic charger, or stand/rapid charging dock, as the micro usb becomes very loose if being used all the time.

Clutching straws but can anyone develope for these?

I'm learning (miserably) to program Android and a port to Blackberry seems similar. Is there many differences in the operating systems?

I've a few programs for my own use that I want to develope so the play store is less than important but it's obviously of some use.

This is now hitting the right price point for me.

fantastic tablet. i have now converted my tele into SMART one with this. simply get a HDMI cable

svp.co.uk/pro…=23

Better new from here I would have thought, also get the 16gb with rapid charger.

apcody

http://www.svp.co.uk/product.php?product=BLACKBERRY-003&nav=23#BlackBerry/PlayBook/P100-64WF/64GB/7/inch/BlackBerry/PC/Tablet/Dual-Core/1GHz/processorBetter new from here I would have thought, also get the 16gb with rapid charger.



Refurbished as well with 6 month warranty

Ah well not as good then I will shut up X)

apcody

Ah well not as good then I will shut up X)



No, your comments give people other buying options.

Thanks.

No one has mentioned the boot time on this device. It is truly terrible, 2-3 minutes! Worth noting if you're impatient

Use mine for storing photos

Best built tablet of all at a bargain price.
Though member 'hashman' disagrees.

t002236

do these play flash video?


yes

fishmaster

No one has mentioned the boot time on this device. It is truly terrible, … No one has mentioned the boot time on this device. It is truly terrible, 2-3 minutes! Worth noting if you're impatient


yes u r right
and every time i reboot i remember
however a great time to make a cup of tea lol
then back to playbook
also i know i love my play book but some negs
as mentioned boot up time awful, charging time awful, charging port micro usb awful and fragile, buttons not so great
however saying that charging can be resolved with a better charger than they provide its about 15-25 quid
also not the best battery out there
saying all that i still love it
do not use cheap generic chargers on this i killed one with a cheapy from amazon

heat for deal though

fishmaster

No one has mentioned the boot time on this device. It is truly terrible, … No one has mentioned the boot time on this device. It is truly terrible, 2-3 minutes! Worth noting if you're impatient



Why turn it off, I never do.

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t002236

do these play flash video?



Yeah they do. I remember the cheeky tv ad lol'ing at Apple, "FLASH..ahharrrah..." :-D

Great value for a great piece of kit. Don't buy it if you're looking for an abundance of apps, obviously, but for a fantastic build, beautiful screen, fast browser and seamless user interface, you can't do better at this price.

RuudBullit

this is a superb tablet for the money. i have one and also i have got my … this is a superb tablet for the money. i have one and also i have got my little boy one. i have installed nes/snes/mega drive/n64 and ps1 emulators on them, with 1000's of games, about 20 hd games on each, and my lads has about 30 high def disney/pixar etc films on it, plus 100's of kids books. i know none of this is groundbreaking stuff, but for the price, it makes an excellent little toy. great for us when going on car journeys, flights etc. as said before, the build quality is second to none. one word of warning though, i would recommend a magnetic charger, or stand/rapid charging dock, as the micro usb becomes very loose if being used all the time.



Is there an online tutorial for this: "installed nes/snes/mega drive/n64 and ps1 emulators on them, with 1000's of games" ?


Is there an online tutorial for this: "installed nes/snes/mega drive/n64 and ps1 emulators on them, with 1000's of games"

I too would like to know how, (_;)

I own two playbooks, as things stand now I wouldn't buy even one again at this price. There great little tabs, Steve J dropped the ball with his comments on 7" tabs way back.

Pb is a fantastic media consumption device - rich detailed screen, fab sound especially through forward facing stereo speakers. Build quality is excellent, as is ongoing reliability. Battery is ok - of my two the one used and charged daily is showing signs of decreased batt life - it's under a year old - degradation isn't as bad as a laptop battery but worse than any of my smartphones. Quoting boot times is daft - like most modern gadgets there not designed nor needed to be switched off. Wake from standby is near instantaneous.

What has always let the pb down is breath and quality of apps, simple as. I bought mine knowing this but like many looked forward to BB10 being ported, at least then devs would have a unified system to develop apps for and BB doggedness would eventually mean key apps would appear - currently things like Netflix / Instagram / Skynow etc etc. BB10 was never guaranteed but now the pb has effectively been abandoned by BB I can't see developers supporting this as it is now. I forsee even the small trickle of apps that have dripped onto the pb drying up completely.

As is I don't think anyone will shift them at this price - it's gone hot today but it's been this price for weeks, listed loads of time and bombed. If I was BB i'd want to bury the pb ASAP. Fire sale the stock for £50 each, reduce the accessories to pocket money prices / bundle with pb's and placate the existing user base with some free apps - they did it before with CreaVures etc - also ideally unlock the bootloader so a full Android build can be ported, although I doubt given BB security ethos that they'd do this, but who knows.

The pb was my first BB purchase, i'm tired of Android and was thinking BB10 for my next handset but after the back track with the pb I won't be bothering. Looks like Win8 for me.

Great tablet for movies, pics and also browsing the net if you are close enough to the wifi

GlentoranMark

Clutching straws but can anyone develope for these?I'm learning … Clutching straws but can anyone develope for these?I'm learning (miserably) to program Android and a port to Blackberry seems similar. Is there many differences in the operating systems?I've a few programs for my own use that I want to develope so the play store is less than important but it's obviously of some use.This is now hitting the right price point for me.



Use Blackberry Packager to automatically convert your Android Apps to BB10 and Playbook. BB10 has some activity, sales on PB are low...

Good deal. Shame the apps aren't as good as apple or android in my own experience. Voted hot

Can you overwrite the OS with Android totally?
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