AP Tech Reporter Rachel Metz Review of BlackBerry PlayBook

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You need 3 things to compete with Apple’s iPad: a gorgeous, easy-to-use device, a bustling app store and an attractive price tag. Nobody has been able to match it so far but BlackBerry’s PlayBook has emerged as one of the strongest contenders.

The BlackBerry PlayBook, due to be available April 19, 2011, supports up to 1080p video playback, features a 3 MP front-facing camera for video chatting over Wi-Fi and a rear-facing 5 MP camera that records 1080p video. The PlayBook has a 1024×600 WSVGA, 7-inch display and 3D graphics acceleration, as well as HDMI-out.

The unit is smaller than Apple’s iPad 2, which has a 9.7 inch display (1024×768).

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