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New BlackBerry PlayBook apps and review

For those of you that have invested in a BlackBerry Playbook and got to grips with the operating system you might be interested in some apps. We have found a couple of great apps that you could find a welcome addition to your BlackBerry Playbook.

Sometimes the best way to get acquainted with your device is to play a game. Doom is a free app available at Blackberry App World. This first person shooter works well with the Playbook, and with on screen WADS keys and some touch and swipe controls, for anyone that has played the original will feel that this app can have you playing for hours. There is a feeling that the fact that Doom has come directly to a tablet shows the graphics are nothing special and there is a chance that you can end up locked on to auto-fire. Yet anyone who has not played Doom will be less critical as this is a classic shoot-em-up.

Another BlackBerry app available is the new Facebook application that complements this device with all your communication and social networking needs. In addition to the success of the Facebook application for BlackBerry smartphones, the new app gives you all the popular features of Facebook, optimized for the 7″ high resolution, and offers multi-touch LCD display of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. With the ability to share FaceBook pictures and videos with friends and family on an HDTV, this popular networking site is sure to be a hit with users.

Where there is Facebook there is also Twitter, and the Blaq Twitter app for BlackBerry PlayBook is a great addition to compliment the compact size, portability and touch functions available with the BlackBerry PlayBook. In an article by Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla at Canadian A report is given that this new app has many ideal features to accompany your device. Blaq is available for $1.99 at the BlackBerry App World and has a quality appearance in an overall review. The Blaq app will maximize the PlayBook’s preferred landscape orientation and integrates well with the QNX touch controls for swiping to raise the keyboard. The initial views of this app are that it is a very welcome addition to the world of BlackBerry apps.

In a review by Charles Arthur at the he is reporting that RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is lacking in the content of apps and that this could affect the sales of this device. The limitations of the apps available are not competing in the same league as the iPad or Android tablet. The BlackBerry PlayBook is an easy to use, portable and nice looking device and has been reported as the fastest tablet ever. The browser is good enough and it can play Flash video. The office documents allow you to open almost everything. The PlayBook has an app store but from the review given it seems to contain an echo. Video chat is available with other PlayBook users. However, no Skype or other VoIP services. The battery life was not as long as the iPad and a general summary was that the BlackBerry PlayBook is a nice piece of kit but the lack of apps can turn people away.

Do you feel that the BlackBerry PlayBook needs more apps? Maybe in time you will start to see more on offer. The BlackBerry PlayBook has a number of great qualities though and the nice size and stylish look are the main features of this great looking device.

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Written by Marlon Votta

Marlon joined the Product Reviews team in March 2011. He brings a wide-range of experience to PR, and has studied and worked in a diverse range of industries. These include art and design, a Horticulturalist, graphics and printing. Personal interests include music, football, boxing, traveling, and different languages, although Marlon has an Italian background. He now looks to expand his computer and tech knowledge by writing news on the latest trends in this industry. Follow Marlon if you’re looking for an unbiased view of the latest products, and tech services.

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