Friday, June 17, 2011

5 thoughts on the BlackBerry PlayBook

The tablet business of Research in Motion out tomorrow in just about every shop with a bit of electronics, Future Shop at Staples, through Sears. Five thoughts on this tablet (prematurely?) Manhandled by some media.
1 - Several reviews posted so far are not worth a nail (almost) I like Engadget. Generally. I can not help by lifting against how the popular blog American techno was planted in his criticism of the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The critique raises some interesting points (relative weaknesses of the keyboard, for example), but just read the conclusion to understand why it is simply unnecessary (my translation):
Write this review was a bit like trying to hit a moving target, because of the numerous software updates that were published regularly. The PlayBook today is considerably better than yesterday, which was also better than the day before yesterday.
(...) This means that we're not entirely sure what would look the PlayBook when it goes on sale next week. We thought we had a Sunday final software, but there was another update later ...
I do not want to lecture anyone, but when a product is not finalized, it is better not to criticize now. Or, month, must be another kind of critical insight, first impressions, but nothing that gives a sense of finality.
Too many things can change in the final moments, and it is better to wait until the final product (the one the public has access) is available before deciding.
2 - I do not care about the lack of client emails One of the shortcomings raised by the various reviews posted before the start of the shelf (including the respected Walter Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal) is that there is no software to read e-mails (or see the calendar) on the BlackBerry PlayBook unless access to the email software on your BlackBerry using a "bridge".
So many complain the codependency of the tablet with mobile devices.
According to RIM, such applications that will break this dependence, however, should be launched within 60 days.
Unless you do intend to change your tablet in two months, you will have access to these applications without any problems quite quickly. In the meantime, you can still access your email through the web browser or smartphone.
It is unfortunate that RIM does not offer a finished product at launch, it's true. But for a product that you buy for several years, a weak two months should not weigh heavily in the balance.
And honestly, if the absence of an email client on a phone would be serious, it is much less on a shelf.
3 - The most beautiful 7-inch tablet There are still too many unknown to really effectively compare different tablets on the market. This is true in the case of tablets Android, but it is even more true in the case of the BlackBerry PlayBook.
One thing is certain, it offers a superb finish hardware. Rubbery texture is comfortable to hold, it is thin, light and seems very solid.
It is, in my opinion, the 7-inch tablet most interesting on the market.
It remains to be seen whether this size right for you. I know people who swear by the mobility, but for most others who use their tablet on the sofa, a slightly larger screen may be more appropriate.
4 - The problem of applications For all its good intentions, however, RIM has a problem with third-party applications for even at least several months.
Unless you use the tablet as a coaster to $ 500, it is the third-party applications (and Web browser) that are the interests of the.
The BlackBerry PlayBook offer few applications for a few months. First, because the tablet is still new, but also because the tools available to developers are still deficient.
In the short term, the ability of the tablet to run Android applications could solve this problem this summer, but this compatibility is not guaranteed to work well, or work with many applications.
I said earlier that the lack of email client for two months was not a problem, since time was short compared to the lifetime of the device and it was possible to circumvent the problem.
Unfortunately the same can not be asserted against third-party applications, which are currently a big question mark.
5 - How to choose shelf Because of the many unknowns, it is not easy to choose a shelf.
The best way to do so, however, as is always the case in technology, to target their needs.
If these are the games you want, such as the iPad would be your bar of choice (I'm not saying that the Apple tablet is only used to play, but I say, however, that no other tablet offers currently many choices of games, and it's not going to change).
For now, the forces of BlackBerry PlayBook seem to be elsewhere. Its format is one, and the bridge it is possible to establish with his phone is another, since it keeps your environment safe and that the loss of your tablet is not the end of the world if you 're the type to walk with important data.
Obviously, this kind of benefits does not everyone.
If I was shopping for a new tablet, I would start by defining what are my needs.
Next? I would wait.
There is still much too unknown to make a truly informed decision, as compared to tablets Android, as the BlackBerry PlayBook or even HP TouchPad.
Unless money is not a problem, or you have really need right now, the shelves will still be there in 3 months (indeed, there will be even more), and many questions have been answered.

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