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

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3 thoughts on “Blackberry PlayBook plays nice with Amazon services

  • Hi, thanks for this info! I have never used Amazon Instant video (have used iTunes so far) so I have a question: Do you know if you can save the videos on the Playbook (if you buy them) and watch them even when you are not online?

    This is what will make or break my buying one (and I really want to get one; tried it at Best Buy today and really liked it!). Watching TV shows while on a plane, for ex.


  • You cannot save Amazon videos to the Playbook — it is not compatible — you have to save them to a PC. I wish… I also wish I could play my hundreds of ITunes videos on it, but not without ridiculous conversions that take forever, cost money and dont really work….

  • Oooh. It’s great that you plan to keep your Playbook for a long time, as it works well with your Blue-ray players. Yeah, it’s so convenient for users to skip installing the software. Video streaming on the Playbook is for the win!


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