After months of rumors, the BlackBerry PlayBook is finally available for purchase.  Specs-wise, it's quite the impressive tablet - 1 GHz dual-core Cortex CPU, 7-inch display, 5-megapixel camera, 3-megapixel front-facing camera, and 1 GB of RAM.  Presently a Wi-Fi-only device, it's available in 16, 32, and 64 GB flavors for between $499 and $699.

It's one of many tablets scheduled to launch this year, so it begs the question - is the PlayBook the best device on the market to date, or should you hold off for something else?  We'll try to figure it out in the full review.  Part 1 of 2.

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Naveen Bhatia
Naveen Bhatia No.
Brad Techwebcast
Brad Techwebcast I heart your video on Showyou.
Anh-Tuan Le
Anh-Tuan Le Nice form factor, though.
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial I like it
Amanda Sutton Messer
Amanda Sutton Messer Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for me.
Gil Batzri
Gil Batzri Do not want. More then happy with Galaxy Tab, no apps? Really? Not ready for prime time.
Bg IPhan
Bg IPhan I want it...but it just a dream!oh...
Joseph Garcia
Joseph Garcia You all R "Fools" for thinking anything in this High tech World is Free C'mon Quit Wasting Ur breath& time on This Wack blahh Nothing Good will come from this site
Ryan Nusbaum
Ryan Nusbaum Negative, stick with iPad any day over that.
Benjamin Padilla
Benjamin Padilla I'd like one but not for that price. The ASUS Transformer is a tablet/computer that is getting closer to what tablets should cost but still too high.
Christopher Foong
Christopher Foong xoom!!! the true tablets os... waiting true tablets hardware, quadcore!!!
Joel Elizondo
Joel Elizondo Xoom*
Joel Elizondo
Joel Elizondo No. Not at all. Rather have an iPad2 or the zoom.
Francisco Willmore
Francisco Willmore Not over the ipad2 or even the ipad 1
Jonathan Hernandez
Jonathan Hernandez i go for the huawei s7
Mateo Melgoza
Mateo Melgoza Yes please!
Zach Cline
Zach Cline True, And because not everyone wants an iPad. I love mine but others might hate it. At least we have plenty of options.
Jacob Pisano
Jacob Pisano probably because there's money in it.
Michael Rich
Michael Rich Are companies still releasing products to compete with iPad? Seriously why won't they just give up?
Neil Hussey
Neil Hussey So it's true.......you really CAN'T polish a turd!!
Marcia Jacobs
Marcia Jacobs Has Verizon decided if they will sell yet..?!?
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Nope.My first gen iPad still gets the job done for me and beats the failbook.
David Potter
David Potter No thanks. I want the Cisco Cius.
Jacob Pisano
Jacob Pisano good tablet as far as specs, but blackberry is behind the curve software and options wise. what no native email?! why would they leave that out, makes no sense.
Neehar Bisabathini
Neehar Bisabathini aaron pls dont waste ur time on such awkward stuff like a stupid playbook. i think that BB should change the name to "NOT SO PLAYFULBOOK" because when u come pare it with the ipad 2 its not so playful anymore,its more simple words it sucks
Marcia Gagne Weiss
Marcia Gagne Weiss Not a blackberry gal-I love my Xoom!
Eric Kroh
Eric Kroh no way!..really..you cant put the 3d coating on the tablets screen?..no real reason why not
Darryl Mouzone
Darryl Mouzone No.
Jose Pablo Islas
Jose Pablo Islas No way...my g2x is awesome!
Jordan Mosley
Jordan Mosley Not really. for the same price, why not get an ipad? If it were half the price I probably would get one.
Gainaako Munyal
Gainaako Munyal Best tablet thus far in my opinion, let's see how the galaxy 8.9/10.1 do in comparison
Gustavo Diaz
Gustavo Diaz I would like to try the Blackberry approach to a tablet.
Tony Salazar
Tony Salazar Yes I do want ONE
Isaiah Marshall
Isaiah Marshall @Austin Ochoa Ipad 2 = fail, Xoom + Ipad 2 = Awesome Sauce.
Andre Robinson
Andre Robinson I have it and have no problem waiting for native apps to be released. weak ass ipad, this thing is perfect size, internet browser is the best. 1080 play back is incredible, cameras are great. In no time apps will be flooding the market, so i will definately be holding on to my playbook.
Darren Tyrrell
Darren Tyrrell Yes its like WebOS with Android Apps!
James Gregory Kulp
James Gregory Kulp Hell yes i would like one!!!!!
Tim Fuhrmann
Tim Fuhrmann I will wait until the android player gets released for it before I get mine.
Alaye Kray Brown
Alaye Kray Brown sure give me 1 plz with android honeycomb on top ( ;
Austin Ochoa
Austin Ochoa Blackberry Playbook = Fail......Ipad 2 = Awesome Sauce
Cody Hartwick
Cody Hartwick i have one, its unreal
Brian Busyapongpakdee
Brian Busyapongpakdee Nope
Miguel Schoop
Miguel Schoop Yesss
Edgar Llama
Edgar Llama No it seems boring an i can live without flash
Marcia Jacobs
Marcia Jacobs The Playbook not making my mobile mojo happy. I don't want to tether/bridge my BlackBerry to receive my enterprise email.... (the display is awesome though...I also found the touch to not be as responsive as desired. Need to wait a couple of months before device a bit more baked..)
Eric J Wilborn
Eric J Wilborn Yes, can I have that one? :)
Sid Acidic
Sid Acidic nope :)
Prabhath Jay
Prabhath Jay yes,, i would like one..

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