Originally Posted by audiophilia
Always liked Blackberry products. Wanted a smaller footprint than the iPad2. Wanted a retina screen meaning a wait 'till next September or even January for iPad3, and even then, they may not use one if the battery life cannot be improved.
Picked one up at Future Shop. $580 tax in.
'The first professional-grade tablet'.
Great screen. Great OS. Great form factor/size. Word on the Go.
Not as fast at BB would suggest. Browser fonts not slick.
Here we go. (Many) Wifi dropouts. Battery problems. And, worse of all, a frigging joke of an app store.
I wanted to like it. Love the form and design. I wish it would have worked. It is NOT ready for prime time. BB 'rushed' it out, which just goes to show how far ahead Apple is in vison and delivery.
How can a device like this not have a dedicated GMail, Netflix, and Twitter app? The Facebook app was okay, but the app store was filled (supposed to be 4K at release, more like 300) was absolute crap. They should have paid inhouse for 20/30 killer social media/utility/biz apps to get the party started. They didn't.
I think Android have a shot at taking on Apple, but after a while with the BP, I tried my wife's iPad. There's no comparison with ease of use and productivity. If Apple made the Playbook, I'd buy it in a second. Guess the wait will have to continue to iPad3. In the here and now, I may buy a 2 whenever they come in. Still MIA.
Wish I had better news. Apple/iTunes and its ecosystem have such a huge lead, not sure if anything can catch them. What was IBM's motto? 'Think'. BB, take note.
I don't fundamentally disagree, as your experience pretty much squares with mine (not had problems with the battery, though). Having never used an iPad, I cannot comment on the "ease of use" comparison. I do think the screen is brilliant, and the blackberry bridge function I find useful for reading/editing attachments, something I always found irritating on the tiny BB Bold screen.
I remain hopeful that the regular software updates will continue to improve performance. Also curious about the intended Android "window" to allow use of Adroid apps. I will admit that I don't really "get" apps, since I generally use the browser 99% of the time.
If the thing continues to be crappy, I will ditch it on my kids and pick up the iPad3, though it would take some getting used to browsing without "Flash" compatibility.
Originally Posted by Bradford
I am a Blackberry fan (although the new 6.0 OS on my Bold 9700 is terrible), but I will not be buying a Playbook after reading all of the information about it.
I'm also not an Apple fan, so I'll just have to wait and see who comes up with the best tablet eventually. Quite a few should be hitting the market soon, so I think the competition will get better.
As for phone capabilities, heck yes I want this. Even if it looks obnoxious now, I think the future will see most people using a tablet combined with a bluetooth headset to make calls.
I don't need it as a phone, so I am not sure that this would make much of a difference for me. I frankly dislike the bluetooth "ear-fish" idea, but it may be that I will have to come around to it eventually ...