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  1. ScoobsDM's Avatar
    I am just wondering how majority of the owners here use their Playbooks. Is it for play, work, internet, gaming, etc.

    About 75% of mine gets used for work purposes. Looking at drawings and schematics. The other 25% is for fun and pleasure surfing the net and a few games.

    For work i love being able to zoom in on certain parts of schematics and not have to turn to my PC every time i'm troubleshooting a circuit board. Also makes it VERY nice to respond to emails anywhere in the office, and not having to like at my little 2.5" screen. I take all my meeting notes on it, and able to show pics from failures and boards that have burned up rather then just using my phone.

    This is just something to see how we all adapted the Playbook for needs.
    09-22-11 03:20 PM
  2. westcoaststyle's Avatar
    For me, it's about 20% school-related, another 20% media-related (pics/audio/video), maybe 10% gaming-related, and the rest is mostly just surfing the web and using BBM via Bridge.
    09-22-11 03:52 PM
  3. alekza's Avatar
    For me its 40% browsing, 10-15%Gaming, the rest is school related.
    09-22-11 04:35 PM
  4. loth's Avatar
    for me its 40% work, 20% gaming, 20% surfing, and multimedia stuff like take pictures (its awesome with pb) record videos and listen radio or music.
    radio from tunein web site.
    09-22-11 05:11 PM
  5. dentynefire's Avatar
    For me probably 50% web, 5% calculations, 15% PDFs, 15% music and 15% games and videos and pics.

    Like you were saying about the zooming in on the circuit boards, it comes in handy in the car rewiring a stereo harness cause its nice and small, and the zoom. My laptop just doesn't get used at all, computer yes tho.
    09-22-11 07:28 PM
  6. SumthinNew's Avatar
    80% work, 20% play.
    Other than SMS and phone calls, I barely take my BB out of the holster anymore
    09-22-11 07:58 PM
  7. mtint's Avatar
    50%+ web, rest work - documents, mails, etc. Very rarely play games.
    09-22-11 09:05 PM
  8. blackjack93117's Avatar
    Sounds like a good poll question -

    I use it primarily for work, as a contract engineer it gives me the ability to not appear clueless in the field as well as not BE clueless - mobile instant access to data - personal as well as world wide. Added bonus is how impressed and inquisitive the clients are about the device (and I might add - envious!) , even though I use it discreetly, the eyebrows that rise and curiosity it arouses are an added bonus that make me look on the ball and on the cutting edge.

    I often just pull it out of my portfolio and set it out on the table while I look for something else and the curiosity just eats away at them until someone has to ask - is that an ipad? Or what is that?

    Gone are the days when I fumbled for answers or for a computer with internet access, or struggling setting up THEIR computer and projector. I use it to present data or my work to clients, to make presentations with the HDMI out...without struggling with the onsite conference room computer ...always a winner for me. I come prepared and look prepared.

    Meanwhile my phone is on silent and the Playbook discretely notifies me of who is calling, emailing etc without rudely checking my phone. I have found that people who are messing with their phone in a meeting - even if they are actually working and listening - give the appearance of not paying attention and "goofing off" - fumbling with the playbook gives the opposite impression - taking notes and working. Strange phenomenon but true.

    Plus the efficiency it has given me is priceless, working anywhere, on the road, has made the playbook pay for itself over and over - even if I was an early adopter and paid a high price in the that time I am happy I did, and happy for the "premature release" - The biggest efficiency savings I have found is when doing time consuming WAITING for my desktop, while rebooting to install software etc, I am not down for the count _ I always have a second "always on" computer/monitor to keep working. If I want to know something I don't have to wait for a laptop to come out of "hibernate" or find my way to the desktop. It keeps my momentum rolling - the fastest way to fatigue is watching the hourglass and WAITING doing nothing until the workstation is "ready" for me.

    Then the added bonus of when I just cant take sitting at the desktop anymore, because of carpal tunnel or neck aches and headaches and I just find a comfortable chair and continue working....then when I cant stand working anymore the play, browse, functionality comes in...

    Is it any wonder that I love my Powerful, Portable, Professional, Playbook?
    PPPP~!!!
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    Last edited by blackjack93117; 09-23-11 at 12:35 AM.
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    09-22-11 09:27 PM
  9. blackjack93117's Avatar
    For me, it's about 20% school-related, another 20% media-related (pics/audio/video), maybe 10% gaming-related, and the rest is mostly just surfing the web and using BBM via Bridge.
    Only 20 percent school? Hmm sounds like you need to pay more attention to your studies like Alekza there....maybe she does too lol
    09-22-11 09:44 PM
  10. OniBerry's Avatar
    I'm split between work and play about 75/25
    09-22-11 09:48 PM
  11. southlander's Avatar
    Just browsing for pleasure at this point. I'd use VNC on it to access work but the only VNC client as I remember is not all that good (can't zoom the remote?).

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9930 using Tapatalk
    09-22-11 09:54 PM
  12. dkingsf's Avatar
    Just browsing for pleasure at this point. I'd use VNC on it to access work but the only VNC client as I remember is not all that good (can't zoom the remote?).

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9930 using Tapatalk
    Primarily for web surfing and media play for non-BB owners. Not much else it's good for if you don't own a Blackberry.

    With BB bridge you can read the email on your BB device.
    09-22-11 10:12 PM
  13. AggreX's Avatar
    The PB's size makes it ez to carry to work without all of the bulk of a laptop or 10" tablet. Mostly for surfing the net, email, day trading, stock research. Next personal documents, excel, music, flash video/programs and using the neat 5mp rear camera. Prefer not to use native email and have little need for thousand of apps. Patiently waiting for OS2 making the PB better and if the rebates are interesting I'm upgrading to the 64GB
    09-22-11 11:04 PM
  14. dcorx's Avatar
    im about 45/35 between web browsing ans school work, i hated carrying a laptop around to class just to access the notes online. it is so much easier now! o and having bridge activated during class is also a nice perk to have
    09-23-11 12:05 AM
  15. UKCatFan3's Avatar
    i dont use mine much for work yet, but plan to once i get it all set up. might even try the lotus traveller. bb only comes out at home for sms and phone. bridge is still one of my favorite features of pb, and is severely underplayed.
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    09-23-11 12:16 AM
  16. blackjack93117's Avatar
    i dont use mine much for work yet, but plan to once i get it all set up. might even try the lotus traveller. bb only comes out at home for sms and phone. bridge is still one of my favorite features of pb, and is severely underplayed.
    Funny how the bridge feature was played as a negative in the early days by the reviewers- even the interviewer of Basilly in the infamous "60 day" interview said it had a "codependency issue" - like the playbook is not useful on its own and required the phone...

    A missed opportunity for Basilly to play it up as an advantage instead of acting defensive about it by the way
    Last edited by blackjack93117; 09-25-11 at 08:12 PM.
    09-23-11 12:41 AM
  17. LimeTripBlog's Avatar
    How to use your PlayBook, learn from them
    Last edited by LimeTripBlog; 09-23-11 at 12:58 AM.
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    09-23-11 12:54 AM
  18. joshua_sx1's Avatar
    The funny thing about that video (playing table tennis using PlayBook) is this... others may see it as "a tougher tablet" that can withstand such physical games... others may see it as "useless tablet" that good only as table tennis racket...

    By the way, 60% - websurfing, 20% watching movies, 10% - listening to music, 5% playing games / applications... and the remaining 5% figuring out how to solve the Error ID: 10000... (sorry guys, I can't help it)...
    09-23-11 01:41 AM
  19. Darlaten's Avatar
    Now that I canceled cablevision, I use my tablet mainly for web surfing, watching local newscasts, reading new stories, reading various newspapers, listening to internet radio, and playing games.

    I would like it to use it more for work but I find it limiting in terms of its ability to handle Powerpoint (large files, graphically intense) and for pdf viewing (large files of 60 megs+ that are graphically intense bring the pdf viewer to a crawl that it becomes unbearable). However, where I am using it for work is when I have to interact with deaf individuals; it's actually been quite useful to use some of the drawing apps for our interaction.

    As soon as Zinio comes (very soon), I'll cancel any magazine subscriptions and transfer them to digital ones.

    I guess then, I would say I use my tablet primarily as a consumption device.
    09-23-11 02:43 AM
  20. Innovatology's Avatar
    I use my PlayBook in the studio when rehearsing or playing with my bands. One of the bands has a constantly changing repertoire with 70-80 songs. For songs we haven't played in a while I may need a little reminder of the lyrics, chords, key or structure.

    I have the PlayBook loaded with all our lyrics, tabs, mp3's. If the band starts playing a song I can quickly pull up the lyrics if needed by the time the vocals start using the filter function in Files & Folders.

    We can exchange files via DropBox or Google Docs, search tabs or lyrics online of songs we want to cover, play mp3's or Youtube vids, send files to eachother via email, make (text/audio/video) notes, setlists etc etc.

    That's actually what drove many of the features like Dropbox, Google Docs, E-mail and Search/Filter in our Files & Folders app (see sig).
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    09-23-11 08:24 AM
  21. ynotbme's Avatar
    60% work, 40% home. For work I use it in all my meetings. I never print an agenda or supporting docs anymore. Easy to take notes on and have even used the HDMI out for power point presentations. At home, it always sits on the counter for anyone in the family to use. Having a conversation and want to look something up on the internet, just grab it. Kids want to show you a funny you tube video they saw, just grab it. Wife tells you about the cool new shoes she saw today, just grab the Playbook and buy them for her on the spot!!!
    09-23-11 11:21 AM
  22. ScoobsDM's Avatar
    Is there anyone out there using the PB for photo manipulation/editing? If so what app/web app are using? My does photos on the side was asking me if she could edit pics on the PB. Not knowing how to answer that, figured i'd come here to ask.
    09-23-11 10:44 PM
  23. Disparishun's Avatar
    I use my PlayBook in the studio when rehearsing or playing with my bands. One of the bands has a constantly changing repertoire with 70-80 songs. For songs we haven't played in a while I may need a little reminder of the lyrics, chords, key or structure.

    I have the PlayBook loaded with all our lyrics, tabs, mp3's. If the band starts playing a song I can quickly pull up the lyrics if needed by the time the vocals start using the filter function in Files & Folders.
    Sounds like, with front-end GUI and hooks into Files & Folders, you're well on your way to a nice band app!
    Last edited by Disparishun; 09-25-11 at 06:28 PM.
    09-25-11 06:24 PM
  24. krayziebydaflesh's Avatar
    for convenient web browsing for when im too lazy to power the laptop up.. would like to use it more for work but not having a native email client def slows me down. also the word to go app is horrible at rendering my documents correctly.
    09-25-11 07:06 PM
  25. DaveTheA's Avatar
    50% browsing; 20% Facebook and email [I do a fair amount of communication via Facebook]; 15% reading e-books and Youtube viewing; 5% viewing TV and movies; 5% gaming [love that Tetris and Sudoku Pro]; 5% GPS and Other.

    All this is subject to change...my primary purpose for the Playbook is for travel use, so when I'm on vacation, those percentages may change. It's pretty handy at work however. Sometimes my workmates radio me with random question, and after a minute of 'thinking' I can give them an excellent answer. It makes me look like a genius!
    09-25-11 07:13 PM
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