I have a first gen iPad and really like it.
I've played with the 2nd gen iPad, and have zero desire to upgrade.
I've played with the Playbook and really want one. It's a great size
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I recently saw a Playbook, and I was really surprised by the size. Much smaller than I had expected. (i.e. iPad size)
RIM is killing me with the wait. At least all my neighbours that work at RIM will finally rest easy without my endless inquiries.
I own an original iPad. If I didn't have a tablet and was in the market for one, I'd go with the iPad 2 simply because it already has tons of really really good apps. The built-in PlayBook apps look good, but it's not likely to ever have as good of third party apps, which is what's most important to me. Of my most commonly used 10 iPad apps, only 1 shipped with it (the web browser).
As far as multimedia, the PlayBook looks crazy powerful, but what good is that power if you can't get movies on there? The iPad has iTunes integration, which means you can rent or buy movies. I don't think the PlayBook will have anything comparable for a while (except perhaps Netflix, but their selection in Canada is lousy).
Also, for movies, I'd rather deal with getting movies onto a PlayBook than an iPad. Apple has incentive to keep you from getting your collection of movies onto your iPad because of its store; they want you to buy their content. With PlayBook, I'd imagine it would be the same as my BlackBerry where you just drag and drop your files on. In my case that's better because the majority of my video files are not purchased from iTunes (as I bet is also the case with a huge majority of people). Music, however, is another story!
Regarding movies, you can load any movie file you want onto an iPad and play it with third party apps. You don't have to get files from iTunes to play them; iTunes just makes obtaining legal movies simple, which is otherwise not very easy to do. So unless you pirate movies or rip your own DVDs, you're going to have a tough time finding media for the PlayBook at least right now... hopefully this will change soon.
To me, the biggest reason to get a PlayBook is its size. If you want something that will (sort of) fit in your pocket, you definitely should go with a PlayBook. I personally use my phone as a portable computer so a 10" tablet is best for me since I take it with me only when I'm carrying a bag.
At any rate, I am happy Apple has some serious competition and that it comes from Waterloo!
Keep it local guys, go with the homegrown PlayBook. As a RIM employee that's all I can really say. I do have an iPad though, and it collects dust... I only use it for Kindle books and Angry Birds.
I would definitely be more motivated to go Playbook if they were hiring new grad mechanical engineers. That said, Playbook's come a long way since I worked on the original prototype three years ago on a co-op.
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Playbook for me, no question.
The whole bridging concept with my current Blackberry handheld is brilliant, and the overbuilt specs of the device will seemingly handle anything you could possibly throw at it. Slightly cheaper than the iPad too.