Blackberry PlayBook plays nice with Amazon services

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Like many of you, I picked up a 16GB Blackberry PlayBook from Best Buy today.

It certainly feels good in the hand, doesn't it? It's solid and I love the soft touch rubber on the back of the device. I didn’t get a chance to play with it until after my son's soccer practice this afternoon, so even though I've had it for most of the day, I've only be able to use it sparingly so far.

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Once I had dinner and settled in, I tested Amazon's Instant Video and Cloud Player services on the PlayBook. Both worked like a charm. As a user of both services (I have three Sony Blue-ray players in my house that are Amazon Instant Video-enabled), this alone may make the PlayBook worth keeping long term.

To my knowledge (and please correct me if I'm wrong), the PlayBook is now the first tablet to play nice with Amazon’s Instant Video service. Some Nokia phones can playback Amazon Instant Videos, but Amazon's PC software Amazon Unbox is required to download a special version of the program and then transfer it to the phone. With the PlayBook, no software is required; video simply streams to the device. Wow, it seems like I have waited years for this development.

That’s it for now but stay tuned because I plan on providing a full review of the PlayBook soon.

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Arthur Bartlett

Arthur Bartlett is a former contributor at Pocketables.

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