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    Default live from LA - PlayBook Training Event

    Ok so I realized that this thread was getting a bit messy - so I will consolidate the findings and updates from today's event in one single post.

    Check out my hands on video!


    UrbanGlowCam has posted pictures of the layout of the event - check out his thread here with a very nice walk-through of his experience Another experience at the live Playbook event in LA

    The PlayBooks today were running OS 1.0.1.1500

    • No sign of video chat or Skype preloaded - Reps said that RIM wasn't quite sure how they wanted Video Chat hosted - but did mention it will definitely be included in the BBM on the PB
    • PIN's are going to be phased out within the next year or so and replaced with BBID - this is to push cross platform apps, messaging, and ease of use - I mean come on PIN's aren't that hard to give out, but a BBID would be so much easier!)
    • Presentation mode was demoed today. It works by splitting the media output stream into two outputs that are independent of each other; meaning you can watch a video or load a presentation on your HDMI OUT and still browse/play/chat/message on the PB screen. Orientation, volume, brightness, etc are all independent features controlled by a Presentation Mode switch function that allows you to swap screen, toggle screens, and control the options on each screen




    • PB package was confirmed today (4/7/11) - you get a NEOPRENE case, screen wipe, HDMI cable, Charger, and of course a PlayBook! (Credit doug1010 for providing the pic and bighap for the digging up the image of the neoprene case which I did not post because it is quite large - see attachments!)
    • Battery Life still unconfirmed but it was reiterated that we have a 5300mAh battery which I approximate will last anywhere from 12-14 hours while in use and 24-36 hrs on standby - but again it depends on use. When the tech guy was asked how his battery life was - without saying too much - he commented "I never feel pinched" indicating it lasted well on a full charge.

      He also said (as did everyone there) that the OS constantly updates battery performance - something to look forward to
    • OS Updates are going to use a push-type system to be installed almost instantly on your device (as we already knew)
    • No lock screen demoed today, but Sirhil mentioned this:

      Quote Originally Posted by Sirhil View Post
      As for the lock screen you press the power button for a sec to lock and to unlock you can either press the power button again of swipe from the left or right side of the bezel to unlock. That how I was showed at a Blackberry employee training event a week ago. Hope this answer the question
    • Corner Swipe Function:

      Bottom left is keyboard show/hide
      Bottom right I forget...I'll try and remember...
      Top Right is Options menu
      Top Left - Notifications
      Notification wasn't on the models with Bridge yet since they were running 1.0.1.1320 vs the other models running 1.0.1.1500 due to the fact that Bridge wasn't yet supported by the newer OS (according to them)
    • Doc2Go will be Premium for Free!
    • Screen durability - I did take a key to the screen when no one was looking (which was almost never) and i really leaned into this thing...didn't scratch or dent and the screen didn't give at all (which is why I really think this is Gorilla Glass!
    • Orientation Lock Feature was present on this build
    • .MKV Videos will be supported via native OS soon after launch, but not initially at launch - it wasn't clear if it was native (I assumed that part) but the mention of an app built to play MKVs was circulating
    • I hope you guys like Black - that's the only available color. They're really pushing accessories
    • Flash games on the web were not supported with keyboard controls. This wasn't programmed into the OS but may be in the future. As of now I even asked if it works with a BT KB and the reply was "I am not sure"
    • Gold Master will launch closer to April 18th 2011
    • No FCC Stamps or markings - these were strictly demo units
    • Power button will be fully programmable with options on what it does, kinda like your computer i.e. Sleep, Hibernate, Shut Down, Lock
    • BlackBerry Bridge has not been finalized but I have verified that carrier data will not be transferred during bridging. No Texts or call logs folks. This was due to controlling security on the devices, since RIM is transferring over only their data from their end of the game, it's easier to control.

      The demo was very nice in the sense that all your data is protected by a Bluetooth 2.1 +EDA (NSA's 1st Certified 100% Secure BlueTooth connection for any device - industry 1st) So when you disconnect, all the info is gone and someone else can bridge their device, write/receive emails, chats, calendar updates etc and it won't affect anything on your end because it is all stored on your phone.

      The UI for the Bridge stuff was very polished, all updated, refined graphics and functions with even more options for stuff like adding events and such...


    Attached are a few pics - I will add more tomorrow after I upload this last video - They were giving away free LED keychain lights so I snagged about 10
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    What softwares comes pre-installed for the PlayBook?

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    Any sign of skype?

    Edit: Just saw the post that skype was found in appworld for $2.99, nevermind... xD
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    Can you try the Video chat. Also please let us know of any new things that you might encounter and more importantly your thoughts about it.
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    No sign of video chat or skype 1,0,1,1500 is what we're running
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    Could you ask them when will be launch in Europe?
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    interesting, the build numbers from the Best Buy demo models was 1,0,2,1335
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    is there any lock screen? im starting to wear this question out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by howarmat View Post
    interesting, the build numbers from the Best Buy demo models was 1,0,2,1335
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    will there still be an update at launch?
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    can you ask them what video containers will be supported? namely will .mkv be supported natively?
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    Can you tether to the blackberry bold for internet connection when Wifi is not available? My BB cannot act as a Wifi hotspot so Im hoping bluetooth.

    FYI - My Verizon Bold has unlimited data and I would like to take advantage. I hope verizon does not prevent this to force you to subscribe to a seperate 3G/4G contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swimmer160 View Post
    can you ask them what video containers will be supported? namely will .mkv be supported natively?
    When I asked the rep on sunday, she texted someone at rim. They said "not at this time"
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    Quote Originally Posted by doug1010 View Post
    When I asked the rep on sunday, she texted someone at rim. They said "not at this time"
    Ugh, that sucks! thats a huge letdown for me! >_<
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    Ugh, that sucks! thats a huge letdown for me! >_<
    Ya, but I'm sure they'll be adding it soon. Or someone will make an app with mkv support

    who knows, things can change quickly
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    Quote Originally Posted by theruined View Post
    Questions? I'll try and get em answered. RIM folks are here...final product
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    Can we get some playbook video footage from this event? Anything in general, all new footage is great to watch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fe342185 View Post
    Can you tether to the blackberry bold for internet connection when Wifi is not available? My BB cannot act as a Wifi hotspot so Im hoping bluetooth.

    FYI - My Verizon Bold has unlimited data and I would like to take advantage. I hope verizon does not prevent this to force you to subscribe to a seperate 3G/4G contract.

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    Ask about the lock screen please!!! Get them to show you how to lock and unlock it please! People have been screaming for this to be shown.
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    Mkv YES - but not yet...should be soon after launch
    Lock screen - not on any model here but the trainer did say he's seen it
    Tethering - no wifi needed, or hotspot
    ...bridge is all you need but there will be no carrier info just BlackBerry info because that's all the can secure

    There will be an update at launch and even day leading up to launch. Almost like push updates

    No colors beside black...they're really pushing accessories

    Flash games that require keyboard control don't work even with a Bluetooth kb.

    I took a long video of some new apps and I'll be posting it shortly
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbarbaro View Post
    Ask about the lock screen please!!! Get them to show you how to lock and unlock it please! People have been screaming for this to be shown.
    First time i read this actually :P, but i hope this gets answered soon! (Before the release of course)
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    Wait a sec, you said the models you saw today are the final product but none of them have the lock screen even though the trainer says it exists? Is it something we'll be seeing after OTA at launch?
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    anyone by chance see if the had the FCC stamp on the bottom on the PBs there?
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    Flash games that require keyboard control don't work even with a Bluetooth kb.
    Did they elaborate on this? Not a big deal but this seems interesting. Is this just from trying a few games off of the web?
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    Quote Originally Posted by doug1010 View Post
    Ya, but I'm sure they'll be adding it soon. Or someone will make an app with mkv support

    who knows, things can change quickly
    I wouldn't be surprised to see VLC have an app come out for it.
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