Using this tablet for several weeks, I can confirm I made the right choice for my needs. After trying all contenders, the blackberry playbook 32G won by a nose and this is why. The case is sturdy metal, feels substantial, does not flex. The screen is gorgeous, bravo, brightness and contrast make text crisp and color images pop. Finger response is first rate, but not overly sensitive either, I like the fingerswipe sideways to close an app, intuitive. The system upgraded at first start, took only a few minutes, and now more apps than I will ever need are available. FB, the browser itself, and my email client (gmail) work perfectly, and tethers with bluetooth to most cellphones, mine is a samsung g3. Wi-fi is strong, connecting, and maintaining a connection at home or on the go without a hitch. The sound is very loud and clear, with nice response- great for gaming, music, movies, whatever, frankly puts apple and nexus 7 to shame, and there are 2 speakers, not 1. I have the rapid charging stand which is twice as fast(a charge lasts hours btw), and provides a nice pedestal to perch while not in use. I did not have any issues as some mentioned with the standard plug in charger, it was tight and secure, but I could see where the connector could break if bent at the insertion point. I purchased the playbook because of past experience with the brand, the perceived quality, nice price, software updates, processor speed, and just a general balance of design and function. Many will underestimate blackberry, and I think apple already has. Schools and businesses are snapping up the units for a reason, these are sturdy and secure. I realize the market has many choices, the hd nook, the kindle fire, and the nexus 7 I feel were close in usability, and may suit those who will spend more time in the B&N, Amazon, and Google worlds. The nook hd felt sleek and light but flimsy, the nexus has only one weak sounding speaker, and the kindle hd was slow and heavy. My plans are to use this for travel and home convenience, so extra doo-dads do not impress me, but the quality and intuitive simplicity do.
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