Just go to the browser!
I was having a discussion about apps with some friends. Everything has to be an app. The playbook reminded me that I don't need and app. HBO GO, VEETLE, Cinemax, TNT, and alot of other things can be watched in the browser. I think a sticky should be started for everything that works in the browser that other platforms need a app for.I couldn't help notice your pain. Come share it with me.
- 05-19-2012, 02:43 PM #3
I totally agree with you on that OP.... the only one that I use for TV channels, is the Tablet TV, where all the TV sites are in one place.
All others I go straight to the browser..
- 05-19-2012, 02:46 PM #4
Have FB app, I just use browser.
Have Wiki app, I just use browser
Have FML app, I just use Browser
Have RAGE COMICS app, I just use Browser
Have Amazon app, I just use Browser
Have Ebay app, I just use Browser
Have Youtube App, I just use Browser.
Posted from my Playbook, Using Browser, not the Crackberry App.
- 05-19-2012, 02:59 PM #5
I always used the browser for most sites. Didn't even try to find an app for most. I use the facebook one because it says "via Facebook for BlackBerry Playbook Tablet App" and that's quite neat :d..Otherwise the browser is the most used app
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05-19-2012, 03:01 PM #6
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An app is usually a *lot* more convenient than a full blown web page.
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- 05-19-2012, 03:29 PM #8
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- 05-19-2012, 03:31 PM #9
Any browser webiste can be an icon - sim to app
I don't do this much except for just a few sites, but you can make an icon on Playbook for any website - and it looks just like an App on your screen....it all started with those two tin cans & a length of string... . . . [///]--------------[\\\]
- 05-19-2012, 04:05 PM #10
So tell me, how do I watch my slingbox on the browser hmmmmm..... Oh right, can't, hence we need an app. Such a bad argument. What if what you want to do has nothing to do with the browser.. PlayBook needs apps just like every other tab has. You can't even argue against that fact.
- 05-19-2012, 04:22 PM #13
- 05-19-2012, 04:56 PM #14
Well, I agree that the PB browser rocks. (although it'd rock more if I had some way of organizing those bookmarks)
The browser does indeed negate the NEED for many apps.
However, it doesn't matter to most people. The idea that tablets need apps to be any good is well established with consumers, whether it's true or not.
The PB is missing a few really important apps, most of all Skype, full Docs to Go and a decent native PDF reader. Those are pretty important. RIM has done a fantastic job at catching up with games (I wish for Draw Something and Scrabble, but that's it), but games are less important than those other productive apps.
Yes, the PB is also without key multimedia apps to, like Netflix and Hulu, however I don't live in North America, so I'm not interested in them, but many owners in North Ameria want those apps. I do think that the PB rocks as a video player, however the video app is awful because it just jumbles everything together and you can't organize it at all.
- 05-19-2012, 05:25 PM #17
I was having some internet connectivity issues which i thought were caused by the browser but thanks to this community found was my wireless router. Fixed and now i dont have browser crashes like before
05-19-2012, 05:28 PM #18
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Ok I will :S
What's it called? I searched crackberry and nothing came up. From what I remember they made one for smartphones and mentioned it would be coming 'soon' to the PB. Ill try searching shao, if thats the name it was developped under.
Oh, and I'm not talking about the Crackberry app on the playbook which is just, I don't know, a mini portal. Im talking about the CB forums app like released for the phones using tapatalk
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05-19-2012, 05:40 PM #19
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Last edited by Foreverup; 05-19-2012 at 05:45 PM.
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05-19-2012, 05:41 PM #20
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Playbook has the browser, but people seem to like Blaq.
Playbook has the browser, but we use the calendar app, instead of an online calendar.
Playbook has the browser, but we rarely go to weather.com when we need to check the weather quick.
As for Facebook, I assure you you'd use the app more often if the Playbook OS at least had background services available and if the the Playbook version of the Facebook app wasn't this lame. And there are quite a few bad apps that don't quite add any value to user experience like the PB facebook app.
But in general, apps =/= web just because:
1) most web pages are not optimized for smaller screens and touch control (hate those tiny links and radio buttons). A tablet is not a PC with a larger screen and physical mouse/keyboard control.
2) apps are usually less of a battery hog than websites.
3) with apps, you can multitask (don't have to open everything in the browser). Isn't multitasking something we brag about?
4) you don't have to relogin with apps as often as with webpages
5) if the OS had the basic stuff such as background services for third party apps, you'd also be getting notifications and would always stay online while consuming minimal resources
6) with apps, you accomplish tasks in a much more efficient manner (e.g. see how much time you spend opening a website and navigating to where you want vs. the time you spend doing the same with an app (e.g. the same Messages app). It's all about productivity.
7) some apps give you offline functionality (e.g. Evernote on other platforms)
8) and, of course, there are categories of apps that the browser can't substitute.
And, most importantly, if you think people want apps, because they don't have a "full-web" browser, take a look at the app selection in Google Play. Pay special attention to the number of downloads And Android has "full-web" browsers that surpass the Playbook browser in functionality.
Last edited by kennyliu; 05-20-2012 at 11:43 AM.
- 05-19-2012, 06:01 PM #21
I think you are confused or something. The browsing experince on my Android devices is horrible compared to my PlayBook or Dev Alpha.
- CrackBerry Genius
05-19-2012, 06:13 PM #23
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Here is a video review for you to compare the browsers. They are comparable in terms of speed and content rendering, but Dolphin's at least got some basic features, such as bookmark management/sync, search on page, autocomplete, and many many other things that the PB browser so desperately lacks.
PS. The new Firefox browser is also great. However, I'd wait for the final release. It's still beta.
- 05-19-2012, 06:16 PM #24
The browser vs app topic has always cracked me up. I know on my PC I use one program for the vast majority of my tasks. That is the browser.
I also know that every single last iOS device I have ever held in person has had the photobucket app. Lol
Just imagine a world where every PC user needed to download an app to use photobucket. Then they need a facebook app and a engadget app and the forum viewer app and basicly an app for each indivual task they currently do on the browser. It would be pretty lame in my opinion. Like iOS and android you have a Pandora app. On my PC and PlayBook I have a Pandora bookmark.
Apps for things that should be an app are needed of course. Apps that exist just because mobile browsers suck on some platforms are a waste.
- 05-19-2012, 06:20 PM #25