WHAT WE LIKED: Very solid and well constructed, the Playbook wows with its multitasking and multiprocessing abilities. You can run a graphics intensive game running alongside a video chat session, and have a Flash heavy website loading, or movie playing—all concurrently. Few would need to run all these at the same time but it gives you a clue of the horsepower of the 1GHZ Cortex A9 dual core processor as well as the capability of the OS. Version 2.0 of the OS —though still in beta—is a marked improvement over the previous version. The Playbook now has Blackberry Runtime for Android Apps and the Blackberry Plug-in for Android Development Tools. This opens up a whole new universe of apps for that hitherto blighted department. OS 2.0 also supports Adobe Air 3.0 and Adobe Flash 11. You can nest apps within folders now. The interface by and large remains reminiscent of erstwhile Palm/webos devices while the menus lean toward the Blackberry genre. The approach to UI is refreshing, minimalistic and cohesive. The screen bezel has been thoughtfully deployed for gesture-based basic functionality. In-browser Flash video playback is beyond reproach. The 5MP camera does a good job with both video and stills and the audio output is second to none. Battery life is close to 8 hours. WHAT WE DIDN’T: As of now, there is no 3G/SIM slot. You need to hook up a Playbook to your Blackberry phone over a program called Bridge via Bluetooth. Without Bridge there’s no mail, calendar or messaging client. RIM has done this so as not to compromise enterprise mail security, but this limits the appeal of the tablet. Yes, you can use it on WIFI too. However, when it comes to online connectivity on the trot, you’re virtually on an island. The paucity of native apps can be galling. While the Android emulator is set to change that, the final version of the 2.0 OS is not due until February 2012. Verdict: The hardware works nimbly with nary a blip. The interface is tight and tidy. Breadth of apps aside, the overall app quality and experience is yet to mature enough to lure you away from the competition. Unless you’re to Blackberry enterprise manor born—or a hardcore Blackberry user—you will have to give this one a rethink for the time being.