At home, I run pretty much everything *except* Apple (not for religious reasons, I just don't think it's worth the price). Historically, I've had Nokia phones, Windows and Linux PCs, and currently I have an Android LG phone and an Asus TF101 Transformer tablet (the first generation, with a keyboard).
Originally Posted by mr_bold
I picked up a Playbook because (a) while I love my 10" tablet, the form factor isn't convenient for a lot of things, and the 7" tablet is, and (b) the 16GB Playbook was on sale for about $110. To be honest, had the Nexus 7" been available at the time I got my Playbook, I probably would have gotten it, instead.
I'm not complaining. I've gotten my money's worth out of the PB; it does what I expected for the price. And I have to say that the calendar and email are better than Android's. Of course, that's to be expected, given that it's RIM's core competency. And the browser is better than Android's, although I miss not having Opera available.
And while I'm disappointed that I can't expand the memory with SD expansion, the fact is that so far, unlike my Android tablet, I haven't found need to, because there simply aren't any applications that would use it. I did copy some videos over, but apparently, the MKV codec wasn't supported (worked fine on Android, though).
However, when it comes to app stores, I have to say that I'm disappointed by the Playbook's. I know that Apple users complain that the Android app store is poorly stocked, but after seeing the Playbook's offerings, Android has nothing to complain about. Business apps are well represented, it seems, but stuff for the home user seems pretty limited. To be honest, it looks practically abandoned, compared to Google Play.
On my android, I've got about 40 apps downloaded. On my Playbook, I've only found one really good one, an RSS reader whose name I can't remember. But most of the apps I find tend to be either disappointing or misleading.
It's not that I'm looking for specific things (although a good offline GPS package, or a comic book CBR reader would be nice); I don't look for them on Android, either. But on Android, I've found a number of things where they look potentially interesting, I go "hmm", download it, try it, and often end up buying it. Sure, sometimes I download it and decide against it, but I do try it. With most of the stuff I've found in the BB app store, as soon as I downloaded it, I found I either (a) had to buy it just to start it up, or (b) enter a ton of personal data before I could even evaluate it. Neither really interested me.
The most common refrain is that "all you have to do" is sideload Android apps. That's very reminiscent of OS/2, where the scarcity of applications was answered with "just run Windows 3.1 apps". The problem was that the Windows apps weren't guaranteed to work correctly, they didn't take proper advantage of OS/2, and they were a powerful incentive against writing native OS/2 apps.
Hopefully, the BB10 apps have to be more than just subsets of Android apps. It's great that there will be ports of Android apps, but there will have to be more than that. Ports aren't compelling; they're used to fill holes in your native offerings. If that's all you've got, you're in trouble.