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One of the first tablets I picked up was the Blackberry Playbook, about 10 years ago or something, cant remember exactly, but its been a while. I was a hard core die hard Blackberry Cellphone user back in the day, loved push email and service books. but none of these technologies made it to the tablet, and the tablet was kind of a big flop. Without a good resource library of apps, it became useless and it died quickly. I know theres ways of putting the standard Google Android OS on it but it would probably be an old version of Android and probably cant run any of todays modern apps so thats a big flop. I also dont have a Blackberry ID which you NEED to create to even login to the tablet, i deleted mine years ago and have no plans to create a new one, any suggestions? or should i send it off to a E-Recycling facility?
 

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nice. i just checked, mine is 16 giga-bytes so i shouldnt expect too much plus i cant find the charger i guess i can throw in any charger but then it becomes someone elses problem right?
 

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Just make sure the charger has the same or very close voltage and current as the original. It should also be the same type of charger, current limiting transformer or switching PS. I would sell it without the power supply rather than sell it with one that may damage it.
 

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well considering last year princess auto was selling the surplus blackberry playbook chargers for $5 cdn, i can try selling it without one and if the buyer really needs one i can tell him to try and find one form princess auto or elsewhere even amazon
 

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I find eBay to be a good source for items like that. They are often OEM replacements or knockoffs but they work. Carefully researching the specs for a generic match can save some money. The connector must also match. Items sold by name brand as replacements are usually marked up more. There are lots of used parts on eBay as well.
 

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My PB still in use as a bedside clock and weather forecaster. It has a charger cradle in which it sits.
 
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The thing is actually built quite well but its the software and the fate of the company who created it which is the problem. blackberry was waay too late in the game to come out with a tablet. Also make it usable without a blackberry ID like androids and ipads are. Oh well. I definately do not like to see good solid electronics go to waste but in this case if I can not find a good use for it or find a family member or relative who could put it to good use for learning or something then i may have to recycle it thru the eco recycling program. oh well was hoping not to come to this but it looks like thats more and more probable
 

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I still have one, which I haven't powered up in years. At the time of purchase it was incredibly affordable and I used it often as a media device (the micro HDMI connection was great). Likely I'll just recycle it. Doubtful there's been any security or software updates for this product in a very long time.
 

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Can't say I'm surprised it's not very useful. How usable is a 10 year old iPhone/iPad, 10 year old Android phone/tablet or even a 10 year old PC or laptop? I was recently given a 10 year old PC and tablet. The only way to make them usable was to install a light version of Linux. Even that was painful to use due to the lack of installable memory and the slow CPUs.
 

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Yeah. I will have to wait till the whole Covid Social distancing dies down and is over and then see if I can sell it or even give it to someone in need.

I am a strong believer in giving electronics a second life instead of seeing them end up in the landfill or litter so that means selling them for parts and materials, or finding some kind of good use for them ie: smart device, or even donating it to a child or student in need.

I previously worked in the Wireless Industry and as a result had obtained quite a few dozen handsets and electronics over time. Some people had approached to buy a few off me to use as spare or loaners or backup phones, and the rest of them, I actually shipped them to Africa to give to people over there in need. I do not like Hoarding electronics and had a very good warm feeling after donating them to people in need.
 

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I rescued two Playbooks and can't find a use for them. I'm really impressed by how fast and intuitive the UI is. But completely useless. The photo app doesn't have a random play feature so I can't use it as a photo frame. The RDC app might work but Win10 Home doesn't support Remote Desktop Connections so useless for controlling my HTPC. No streaming music/radio. I'll try taping it to my windshield for a dashcam.
 

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I have a 16GB version and a valid Blackberry ID.

I fired it up today after about a year and the battery was almost dead. Last time I fired it up the battery was totally dead and wouldn't charge. There is a method of rejuvinating the battery which worked though. I misplaced the charger and used a cellphone micro usb charger.

So what will it do?

In the browser I watched a youtube video of a girl playing drums.
I ran a slide show in the photo app.
I watched part of 2 full-length movies in the video app stored on the playbook.
I read part of an ebook with an ebook app.
I played some music albums on the music app.
I took a picture.
I read a pdf with Adobe pdf reader.
I used the calculator.
I launched the Hotmail app and I read my current emails.
I launched Docs to Go which offered a document or a spreadsheet creation.
I played Tetris.
I recorded a voice note.
I checked the Accuweather app for the weather.

The downside is this website doesn't work as well as some others in the browser. Some do.
 

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Many stores offer a good discount if you bring them old smartphones, sometimes even in non-working condition.
 

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A Blackberry wouldn't even be on the list of eligible trade-ins. The discount for trade-ins rarely comes close to the real value of the phone. I checked the trade-in value of mine and it was about $125. They typically sell used on eBay and Amazon for $350. A private sale would probably yield over $200 plus I can save more than the trade-in price by waiting for a sale.
 

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in all honesty if someone wants a blackberry playbook tablet, they can practically have mine. Yes I get that it can be used to watch videos and check emails, but I dont want to create a blackberry ID ever again. I want to keep my digital footprint to an absolute minimum. This thing is useless without a blackberry ID. I already have 2 of them in existence that I cant delete / locked out of because they were tied to an email of a former employer of mine. Im surprised people dont see the issue in this?
 
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