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    Question PB n00B

    Hi,

    I'm a 100% n00B to PB, ordered a 64 gig PB yesterday, which arrives today.

    Any tips and tricks?

    And anything to watch out for?

    Thanks
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    Hi,

    Welcome, and congrats on getting a Playbook - shows you're a discerning user! Hopefully will give you many years of enjoyment.
    As far as tips and tricks go, see the 'Sticky' thread at the top of the Playbook Forum.
    You'll hear loads of talk about BB10 coming to the Playbook. My advice to you is to forget about that for now. It will come at some point, but no-one know when, so its best to just not worry about it for now, and get excited when an announcement is made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMay View Post
    Hi,

    Welcome, and congrats on getting a Playbook - shows you're a discerning user! Hopefully will give you many years of enjoyment.
    As far as tips and tricks go, see the 'Sticky' thread at the top of the Playbook Forum.
    You'll hear loads of talk about BB10 coming to the Playbook. My advice to you is to forget about that for now. It will come at some point, but no-one know when, so its best to just not worry about it for now, and get excited when an announcement is made.

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    Thanks Chris, i do have the sticky on my bookmarks now!!
    I do have a stupid doubt though, is the OS2.0 the same as BB10 for PB? Also, will i be able to load all Google Play apps on OS2 directly or do i need to do some fiddling or something??
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    Plus a 64GB
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmd.aKBar View Post
    Thanks Chris, i do have the sticky on my bookmarks now!!
    I do have a stupid doubt though, is the OS2.0 the same as BB10 for PB? Also, will i be able to load all Google Play apps on OS2 directly or do i need to do some fiddling or something??
    Not stupid at all. To my understanding, although the BB10 is based on the OS that our PBs have (QNX), the two OSs are not really the same and we have yet to see it (BB10) coming to our PBs "later this year" (there is a plethora of posts on this topic).

    You can always sideload android apps to ur PB. HOWEVER, they may affect your PB's performance and some of them will work and some will not. The easiest way to sideload android apps is using a chrome's plugin and a source of .bar files can be found here although not all of them work. But you can always download the .apk files (android apps) and convert them to .bar files (PB apps) by using this online converter and see if it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave_h_946 View Post
    Not stupid at all. To my understanding, although the BB10 is based on the OS that our PBs have (QNX), the two OSs are not really the same and we have yet to see it (BB10) coming to our PBs "later this year" (there is a plethora of posts on this topic).

    You can always sideload android apps to ur PB. HOWEVER, they may affect your PB's performance and some of them will work and some will not. The easiest way to sideload android apps is using a chrome's plugin and a source of .bar files can be found here although not all of them work. But you can always download the .apk files (android apps) and convert them to .bar files (PB apps) by using this online converter and see if it works.
    Thanks a lot dave... Will try this tonight when i reach home and let you guys know how it went, right now in the office..
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    Plus a 64GB
    PB
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave_h_946 View Post
    You can always sideload android apps to ur PB. HOWEVER, they may affect your PB's performance and some of them will work and some will not. The easiest way to sideload android apps is using a chrome's plugin and a source of .bar files can be found here although not all of them work. But you can always download the .apk files (android apps) and convert them to .bar files (PB apps) by using this online converter and see if it works.
    Nice Post! Everything you need to know about SideLoading in 3 lines...!
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    Welcome, and enjoy!
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    Welcome to the family and enjoy your new baby in the very best of health and good fortune.
    I would not know what your purpose and goal would be for your PlayBook, but, above all, ignore the louts who boast about the competing tablets having several hundred thousand apps compared to what the PB has. My usual reply is "Do you have them all? " Figure out what your needs and priorities are and check BlackBerry World for the selection, read the reviews, check out the appropriate threads on Crackberry.com and you should be able to find and buy most if not all that you need and want to turn your PlayBook into the most useful and entertaining tool you could get. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by taz323 View Post
    Welcome, and enjoy!
    Thanks a lot

    Quote Originally Posted by pakerney View Post
    Welcome to the family and enjoy your new baby in the very best of health and good fortune.
    I would not know what your purpose and goal would be for your PlayBook, but, above all, ignore the louts who boast about the competing tablets having several hundred thousand apps compared to what the PB has. My usual reply is "Do you have them all? " Figure out what your needs and priorities are and check BlackBerry World for the selection, read the reviews, check out the appropriate threads on Crackberry.com and you should be able to find and buy most if not all that you need and want to turn your PlayBook into the most useful and entertaining tool you could get. Enjoy!
    @pakerney thanks a bunch... for me it was a call between samsung galaxy note or the pb... and i got the deal of my life on pb, so ran for it. already have a 9780, and i kinda love it..
    and mostly this tab will be used for ebooks and music; and an occasional video or two.. :P
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    Plus a 64GB
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmd.aKBar View Post
    Thanks a lot



    @pakerney thanks a bunch... for me it was a call between samsung galaxy note or the pb... and i got the deal of my life on pb, so ran for it. already have a 9780, and i kinda love it..
    and mostly this tab will be used for ebooks and music; and an occasional video or two.. :P
    haha! thats what I thought I would use it for too, then it was used for GPS in my car when I got the car mount, then gaming when I pick up my wife from work when I wait for her which is connected through my car stereo and sounds amazing! LOL or streaming movies through the car stereo! LOL fun fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beman39 View Post
    haha! thats what I thought I would use it for too, then it was used for GPS in my car when I got the car mount, then gaming when I pick up my wife from work when I wait for her which is connected through my car stereo and sounds amazing! LOL or streaming movies through the car stereo! LOL fun fun!
    AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! Don't you dare! DON'T YOU DARE GO ON GIVING ME IDEAS!!!!

    Even I'm pretty sure i will end up changing the use pattern..
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    Plus a 64GB
    PB

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