Last night in Chelsea, Blackberry held a media launch party with some of the the biggest journalists in the tech, social and lifestyle worlds. I was lucky enough to get an invite to attend the festivities leading up to the North America launch of the Blackberry Playbook on April 19th, 2011. Once inside most quickly gathered by one of the few stations with live open Playbooks for testing and playing; up until last night, the public and even most of the media has yet to get a full taste of the closely guarded tablet from Blackberry. But tonight, the Playbook was for all to see and finally test! With a brand new operating system and functionality there are of course a few bugs but I was happy overall with the device. My tests included checking out a few websites, played the Blackberry optimized Need For Speed and the Playbooks operating functionality. Taking a walk around the room I spotted the newly named co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, Nancy O’Dell and even Orlando Magic’s ‘superman’ Dwight Howard stopped by to check out the new tablet and gave his approval “Takin off. Had a blast RIM and blackberry y’all did an excellent Job the playbook is great. I love it. Now I need a busload of them for my teammates lol so we can all be connected. Hook a brother up lol.hint hint NYC I love y’all but I gotta get home. Yuuuuuuuaaaaaa”. At the end of the night, invited guests left the event with a single item gift bag but to many’s surprise, it just happens to be a 16GB Blackberry Playbook. Check out my photos from the launch party and look out for a review soon.