BlackBerry PlayBook now on sale in the UK

The BlackBerry PlayBook has finally gone on sale in the UK, 57 days after it hit shops in the US and a mammoth 9 months after Pocket-lint was first treated to a glimpse of the 7-inch tablet at the official launch event.

The QNX OS powered device's initial sales in the US were strong, despite concerns about RIM's lack of apps for the tablet - highlighted by a last minute shift to get Android apps on board.

So, is it worth the hype?

Take a look for yourself by reading our BlackBerry PlayBook review.

But also consider the competition as well using our Which tablet should I buy? feature as well as our guide: BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab

If you do decide on the PlayBook you may want to take a look at the Best BlackBerry PlayBook cases hands-on round-up as well catching up on all the latest BlackBerry PlayBook news.

The PlayBook, RIM's first foray into the tablet market, is on sale today (15 June) at Selfridges and will hit Currys, PC World, the Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u on 16 June.

It's £399 for the 16GB version, £479 for the 32GB model and £559 for the 64GB.

The full specs of the PlayBook are:

-- 7-inch LCD, 1024x600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
-- BlackBerry Tablet OS (QNX) with support for symmetric multiprocessing
-- 1GHz dual-core processor
-- 1GB RAM
-- Dual HD cameras (3-megapixel front facing, 5-megapixel rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
-- Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
-- Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
-- HDMI video output
-- Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n
-- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
-- Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
-- Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL and Java
-- Measures 130mm x 193mm x 10mm
-- Weighs less than 400g