Anyone who loves their Blackberry is probably happily awaiting today’s release of the company’s first tablet, the Playbook.

Early reviews have been all over the map. The Blackberry Playbook will challenge the likes of Apple iPad and Motorola Xoom, and it is armed with quite a bit of amazing features:

Specs include: 7-inch LCD multitouch display with 1024×600-pixel resolution; 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM; supports full Adbobe Flash 10.1; 3 megapixel front-facing camera and 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, shoots 1080p HD video; video calling; HDMI video output; and Micro USB and Micro HDMI outputs.

Blackberry Bridge: This feature allows the Playbook to be paired with a Blackberry handset via Bluetooth. This will allow the Playbook to use apps, however, without pairing, the Playbook has no apps.

On the downside, there are no apps for email, contacts or calendars. They are expected to come later, or can be accessed via Blackberry Bridge and your existing Blackberry handset.

Cost: Price starts at $499 for 16 GB, $599 for 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB. All models WiFi only.

Where to buy: Among the retailers located in South and Central Florida expected to sell the Blackberry Playbook, according to the Blackberry Blog, are BrandsMart USA, AT&T, Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax, RadioShack, Staples, Sprint and Verizon Wireless stores. Many of these stores are accepting pre-orders, but call your local store check in-store availability.