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    Post Booking The PlayBook - A PlayBook 18 month Overview



    In March of last year Research In Motion announced there first step into the tablet computer market. They picked April to launch the powerful and portable BlackBerry PlayBook to the world. It was the first product from RIM based on the QNX platform.

    Unfortunately the PlayBook was missing several key features that makes a BlackBerry product special. The lack of a native email client was the most missed feature on the PlayBook. Along with RIM choosing the new QNX platform, it was a new journey for developers to create for the PlayBook OS. Convincing developers to create applications for a new platform continues to be an incredibly hard mission to complete, especially with RIM prepping for the BlackBerry 10 launch in the not to distance future.



    The PlayBook launched at $499 for the standard 16GB model, a price that many felt was too expensive for a 7 inch tablet with no native email. The PlayBook stalled out of the gates, never catching the eyes of the consumer. It would not be until RIM decided to drop the price of the PlayBook to $199 for the 16GB model that it started to cook up some new users.

    While RIM knew that the lack of native email, calendar, and other features were holding up the interest in the PlayBook, they felt it was important to wait until their next software update was fully ready, and then to launch the 2.0 OS update. The PlayBook did launch with impressive features such as 1080P HD output, dual front speakers, BlackBerry Bridge using a BlackBerry phone and a 3MP front facing camera. Even with those features it was hard to convince consumers to get the PlayBook versus an Android or iPad tablet.




    In February RIM launched the PlayBook 2.0 software update to the world. The update brought the much requested feature of native email and calendar as well as a little surprise for social network users. Now using the Contacts app in 2.0 users could connect social networks of Linked In, Facebook and Twitter to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. This added the feature of messaging to those networks in the Messages app, as well as having all your contacts in one place. It was a welcoming feature for all.

    The 2.0 update also brought the ability to use some Android apps on the PlayBook adding hundreds of apps to the PlayBook's catalog. The update also added the feature to BlackBerry Bridge which allows users to use their BlackBerry phone's keyboard on the BlackBerry PlayBook (Which I am using for this article as well as most of my articles). 2.0 added the video store which uses a similar interface as the music store already on the PlayBook.

    A few weeks ago RIM launched 2.1 update which was a minor update to the PlayBook, updating the Android feature to launch each app in a separate window as well as improving overall performance of the tablet. SMS ability was added to the BlackBerry Bridge feature allowing users to send SMS messages via Bridge.

    This update made the PlayBook a competitor in the tablet market and the number of users took off. The BlackBerry PlayBook is one heck of a steal at $199, and often can be found for under $199 all over the web. The PlayBook is impressive when teamed up with a BlackBerry phone adding many additional features to the smaller 7 inch tablet. The PlayBook's app ecosystem has been expanded drastically over the past 18 months and will only grow even more in the future.



    While several major apps have not hit the PlayBook and may never, many others can fill the void. Top developers are continuously porting games and productive apps to the tablet and Indie developers are excited to create apps for the PlayBook. RIM has enticed the app developers and they have responded with overwhelming support.

    Have you purchased a BlackBerry PlayBook? If so, how has your experience been? Have you been able to convince others to get one? What feature are you still looking for?
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    I bought my Playbook at launch simply because it's a BlackBerry and I must own everything BlackBerry. It's not the best principle to live by and it's costs me tons of money for things I don't even use, but such is my love for the BlackBerry brand. The Curve 8330 was my first smart phone and the Playbook was my first tablet/only tablet. I personally loved the Playbook from the start. When I walked into the store to purchase it, I had no preconceived expectations whatsoever. For me, it was exciting just to be a part of a new BlackBerry endeavor and I flew back across town (back to work!) and spent the rest of my day exploring my new tablet. Not having expectations (especially unreasonable expectations) has allowed me to enjoy what I have and not focus on what I don't have. Every update is like a new gift to me! Since that time there has not been a day that I have not sat down with my tablet and checked on Facebook, browsed the web, checked out the forums, browsed App World, checked my calendar, opened up BB News, or done the dozens of other things that are relevant to my life these days. Amen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmeling68 View Post
    I bought my Playbook at launch simply because it's a BlackBerry and I must own everything BlackBerry. It's not the best principle to live by and it's costs me tons of money for things I don't even use, but such is my love for the BlackBerry brand. The Curve 8330 was my first smart phone and the Playbook was my first tablet/only tablet. I personally loved the Playbook from the start. When I walked into the store to purchase it, I had no preconceived expectations whatsoever. For me, it was exciting just to be a part of a new BlackBerry endeavor and I flew back across town (back to work!) and spent the rest of my day exploring my new tablet. Not having expectations (especially unreasonable expectations) has allowed me to enjoy what I have and not focus on what I don't have. Every update is like a new gift to me! Since that time there has not been a day that I have not sat down with my tablet and checked on Facebook, browsed the web, checked out the forums, browsed App World, checked my calendar, opened up BB News, or done the dozens of other things that are relevant to my life these days. Amen!
    I too was the same way with the PlayBook. When I first heard about it I wanted it simply because it was a BlackBerry. After a few weeks I made the decision that a tablet would be great to have. Ever since I am on the PlayBook no less than 4 hours a day. It has reduce my PC usage probably by 70%, and I feel I use my bold less just to experience more on the PlayBook.
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    And the best part, gents, is that all current PlayBooks will be getting the BlackBerry 10 update!
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    Personally I've never owned anything made by RIM...Apple guy all the way. Having found the screen on the iPhone too small, and the iPad to unwieldy to travel with (I have them both) I started looking around at alternatives. Basically I was looking for Web browsing capabilities and ability to read books on the go. A camera was definitely a bonus. Some of the EReaders offered by the big name bookstores are actually android devices so they seemed attractive having the right features. As it turns out the day I went to BestBuy to get my new android device, I happen to glance in a display case where they had some open box PlayBooks. Who can say no to a 32G 7" tablet for $135?

    Okay, I knew next to nothing about it, but figured I have 15 days to return it! The return period has long since passed, but the PlayBook is still with me. Everyday. It does what I need and want plus more. If it had Netflix it would be the perfect traveling companion. For now it's the close enough traveling companion.

    A happy PB user...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexsteryo View Post
    Have you purchased a BlackBerry PlayBook? If so, how has your experience been? Have you been able to convince others to get one? What feature are you still looking for?

    I have purchased the PB and I am generally happy with it. However the feature I am missing the most is the ability to connect to and use external devices particularly SD card reader, thumb drive and external HDD.

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