4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook unboxing!

By Bla1ze on 9 Aug 2012 07:39 pm EDT

With a new BlackBerry device on the market that means it's time to partake in the ritual unboxing. This time around, there isn't a whole lot that has changed cosmetically. Most of the hardware changes going from the original BlackBerry PlayBook up to the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook take place internally. But we wouldn't doing our jobs if we skipped over an unboxing for that reason. Sidenote: In the video I said .688, it's actually .668.

Hit play on the video above to check out the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook unboxing and settle in for the rest of what is to come. Over the next few days we'll be working on some 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook specific stuff, doing some comparisons, running some speed tests and generally just putting the new hardware through it's paces. And don't forget, while you wait for our full out review, you can enter our contest to win a free 4G LTE PlayBook!

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4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook unboxing!


Still not gonna buy it O_o maybe I should comment on giveaway post and wait CB to send it to me :P (Device is good but I really don't need a tablet) ;)

Would of ben nice to see the boot up time differnece between the 3G and 4G. To much time spent on unboxing.

It is raised a bit, hard to say if that's consistent but it's certainly higher up on my 4G vs. my WiFi.

Later european wifi-PBs have even raised buttons. My girlfriend finally gets her PB (please nobody thinks of pervert video bom-chicka wah-wah, allright? :D ) and it also has raised buttons.

How worthy of a review do you believe could be written in a couple hours? Sorry, you'll not get a review tonight. We care about our reviews and won't slap up a half arsed one just to say we have one first.

Granted, not a lot has changed but a few hours with the device is not enough time to fully evaluate especially when it comes to LTE and the impact it may have on battery life.

The only thing missing with my 64g playbook is apps. When android first appeared all they had was 2000 apps let's not forget it wasn't until recently that netflix came to the Android os. It's only a matter of time before RIMM does the same. I have no problems with my browser performance and the HDMI/blackberry bridge is a thing of beauty.


Hey Blaize,

I'm interested on the build date for these. Have they been sitting around for awhile, or are they fresh of the assembly line?

What is the build date off the side of the box? Thanks.

The thing that made me fall for BlackBerry from the beginning was when I first opened my first BlackBerry and I was pleasantly surprised to see a mobile manufacturer actually include a holster and in this case -them including a case. That's just another reason I love RIM.

Hey, my man suffers from a terrible disease called techyuppie. It is really really bad and I'm afraid he might die without this Playbook. Please help me save him!!!

Hi all - have any of you (living out on the west coast) seen one of these in the wild? None of the regular places seem to have stock or any inkling as to when they'll arrive. Staples says that they won't be selling this model at all, either.

Oh Man... Really??? the ONLY Physical difference is the Sim Card Slot???? MAN, RIM you could have at least added "Flash light" for the camera.... :(

not sure if that was great advise Bla1ze, to charge your BB with the PB charger.

when I first got my PB I started using the PB charger for both my BB and PB and within a few weeks my BB's battery died. it was a slow death, everyday the battery drained faster and faster by the time I got a new battery my old battery drained in 10 minutes after a full nights charge.

Interesting, when I bought my 1st PB I was a little unhurried, because of it not having a Sims card slot for 3G at the time, however this is big step in the right direction for RIMM. Just think I was shopping for a table with a Sims opt. just last week.
In addition, seeing that I am in Thailand, I will have to wait for it to hit the market here.
By the way great, video.