I have had a few readers asking me what ports are available on the BlackBerry PlayBook so I thought I would clear the air. There are two different ways to charge the BlackBerry PlayBook. The coolest one is based on the same magnetic system as the MagSafe adapters on the current MacBook laptops. It attaches to the BlackBerry PlayBook using a magnet so it immediately disconnects when pulled for safety. Kinda cool!
The BlackBerry PlayBook also has a MicroUSB port which can also charge the PlayBook. The thing is that only the MicroUSB connection can be used for data transfer. The magnetic charger above does not do data. The last port on the BlackBerry PlayBook is the Mini-HDMI port which allows you to connect the PlayBook to any HDMI monitor.
There are cheap looking media control buttons on the top of the device but I think they are the least aesthetically pleasing/matching part on the PlayBook. If I were RIM these buttons should be rubberized and not look so cheap….
Let us Know if you have any other questions. I am currently on a plane crossing from Vegas to New York so I may not be able to answer until I get some shut eye. 🙂