BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet was announce way back in September, but this is the first time the press has been able to get their sweaty fingers all over it. I played with the 7-incher at BlackBerry's booth here at CES, and came away not just impressed, but amazed: This is a legitimate competitor to the iPad and Motorola Xoom, and deserves a serious look from everyone, not just BlackBerry's core corporate audience.
The BlackBerry tablet has been rumored for almost as long as Apple's iPad, but with considerably more dread: Can BlackBerry's aging (read: ancient) OS translate to the larger screen and greater power of a tablet? The answer, it turns out, is no. Thankfully, the BlackBerry tablet, to be called the PlayBook, opts to use an entirely new operating system, and it looks surprisingly great.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.