As a matter of fact Kola, yes, you can open and even work on documents in word, excel and powerpoint formats. The dedicated app for this on the playbook is called 'docs to go.'
The BlackBerry Playbook I must confess is the most underrated tablet in the market today, but I have never regretted purchasing one since September 2012 (64GB). Mine is a wifi-only version, but with my BlackBerry smartphone, I don't bother if I'm not in a wifi environment cos I can always bridge the Playbook with my phone. I don't know of any tablet that has this very cool feature not even the more expensive ipad nor Samsung galaxy tab or note.
If you don't have a BB phone, not to worry cos you could always tether any smartphone with the Playbook as long as the phone has a bluetooth connectivity and an active data plan. This gets you on the internet.
This is one of the worst devices EVER! Fails 9/10 times when updating software, its slower than an old nokia 3310, the wifi reception on it is VERY poor even if i sit right next to the router, i WON'T ever recomment this to any one. This one is a money waister!
alex, 06 Nov 2012Guys were will I find a mini keyboard for my PlayBook in South Africa?
try incredible connection....they might have it.
infact the machine is ok. but the absence of SIM slot has become a problem because in my country like Ghana in Africa, is not everywhere u can have the wireless network for internet services unless u get a router which is expensive.for quality issue is 100%. so consider. thank you.
BlackBerry Bridge works fine btw blackberry playbook and blackberry cell but still missing all IM works on blackberry playbook
android stills the best! after using it a lot with ipad and galaxy tab 7.7 i found how much android is the best! And also mind that without android no apps for blackberry playbook! so all say thanks to android for that not blackberry which stolen android apps SDK!
Guys plz reply...can we connect PB to other mobile WiFi rather than blackberry mobile...can we connect pendrive or 3g dongle directly to the PB...is it good for gamming,videos,etc....can we directly download songs,videos,games, movies through bit torrents and other movie sites...is direct download to PB through mobile WiFi is possible or not....is any software problem in PB...plz ans my queries coz I'm thinking to buy it....plz guys reply me...on my mail email@example.com....plz reply me guys I'm waiting for ur reply....
Coz my lumnia 710 doesn't support the above facilities...even Bluetooth and hotspot doesn't work in my lumnia....so guys plz reply me is Bluetooth pairing with othe mobiles rather than blackberry mobiles...can we transfer files over Bluetooth...plz guys reply me as I'm planning to buy the playbook...I'm eagerly waiting for your reply....
SharpinLA, 01 Nov 2012I received my 64GB Playbook last Friday and have been using it nonstop since then. I mostly us... moreCannot agree more with you, the PlayBook is truly the best tablet out there yet not many people appreciate true innovation.
Anonymous, 04 Nov 2012if you connect this device to your BB phone, does it use your BIS or would you need a data plan?Connecting your PlayBook to your BB smartphone (bridging) uses your BIS and has no impact on your airtime. It's such a cool feature.
So I bought my Playbook 32gb last week at Staples. Being Canadian I want to see RIM get back on track. Took it home and after 2 days of attempting to get past the setup screen I returned the product to Staples. The guy there confirmed it was a dud and replaced it. I took the second one home and this time I was prompted to update the software. I was able to download the update but it would not install. I made 10 further attemps over the next day and no luck. I returned the second playbook for a complete refund. I went to another store and bought a 7 inch Samsung tablet. Setup time was about 5 minutes and it works great. The Samsung boots up in about 30 seconds as opposed the the 5 minute boot time of the Playbook. I rest my case but if RIM survives it will never get any business from me..EVER.
Anonymous, 04 Nov 2012if you connect this device to your BB phone, does it use your BIS or would you need a data plan?Yes,Nokia n97.tata docomo 69 plan
balli, 21 Oct 2012Do not buy the blackberry. PlayBook because it doesn't has any Apps for example Skype there is... moreif you want skype or tango just search it into google coz a website is bound to have the bar file or another file that will allow you to use your skype or tango acount with it. hope this helps.