Playbook: to buy or not to buy (App support after BB10 update?)
I'm considering buying a Playbook, because of its nice hardware and even better price. I'm just a little worried about the future of this device.
I'm very excited about the BB10 update this summer (?), but I was wondering if there will be any decent app support afterwards.
I've read that BB10 will come with most popular apps, but I couldn't find whether these phone apps will also be compatible for Playbook.
On top of that, I've heard that an updated Playbook (to BB10) won't run most of current OS2.1 apps.
Basically, my question is: will there be app support for Playbook once it's running on BB10 and would purchasing a Playbook be worth the money in the long run?
Thank you for your answers
- 01-15-13, 11:02 AM #4
- 01-15-13, 11:52 AM #5
When you consider the quality of the hardware and direction the software is going, you can't beat the Playbook at its current price. BB10 means RIM can keep on supporting it instead of abandoning the Playbook. I currently own and have owned other competitive devices and I can honestly say, I use the Playbook as much, and at times, more then the others. And when I compare the price difference, I shake my head that it performs as well as the more expensive devices. Unreal.
- 01-15-13, 03:53 PM #8
I keep hearing about apps, apps, apps and it makes me think I'm doing something wrong by using the browser 80% of the time. Am I missing something, granted there are apps that are needed for certain "special" functions, but overall are all these different apps required when you can use the browser and/or bookmark?
- 01-15-13, 04:04 PM #9
i've just bought an Playbook today and all i can say:
It fits all my needs. Everything i need was already installed.
- YouTube App
- Acrobat Reader (which also works with my large PDF files for my certification!)
- Email client for exchange connection
The only thing i really miss is an facebook messenger which uses push notifications on new messages. For now i have to go to the bb message app and refresh the Facebook inbox. It's a little bit disappointing - but hey - can't have everything .
In the next days i'll get a little bit deeper into the "sideload" topic - maybe the facebook messenger app for android works as i would like to
I know Apple and Android have an very huge appstore - but for me - 99% percent of the apps are just "games" or unneeded gimmicks - and i say that as an iPhone user.
- 01-15-13, 04:16 PM #10
RIM sent an email out to all devs that built for PlayBook telling them that the app is already BlackBerry10 compatible and they need not lift a finger. All apps built for 2.1 will be available for BlackBerry10 and PlayBook when it gets BlackBerry10. OP you can get a 64 gig device that's gonna run BlackBerry10 for under 200$ ....what's there to think about? ?? This price is a steal if the PlayBook never got BlackBerry10.
- CrackBerry User
01-15-13, 04:17 PM #11
- 16 Posts
If you are going to buy a Playbook, you may want to do it sooner rather than later. I recently checked all the electronics stores I could think of (Best Buy, Future Shop, The Source, Staples, Visions), and none of them had one in stock. The last Wi-Fi model was manufactured over a year ago, as someone on another thread said. I believe this to be credible. I ended up purchasing one on eBay earlier this week for $169.99. If you wait too long you may have to be open to buying a used model.
- CrackBerry Genius of Geniuses
01-15-13, 04:32 PM #13
- 5,253 Posts
I love these type of threads. Convince me to buy a product. LOL
I just can't understand why the opinion of strangers should have any influence on what you do with your money or why one would seek out such opinions. If you want it, buy it. If you don't, don't.
Makes me wonder how these people function when they have to make life altering decisions........Oprah and Dr. Phil?
- 01-15-13, 04:37 PM #14
Maybe i have to restart the Playbook.
Also when the facebook app remains open (or i dont't close it, runs in the background)
Edit: restarting changed nothing
Last edited by dwosch; 01-15-13 at 05:13 PM.
- 01-15-13, 05:49 PM #15
Do yourself a favor and get PDF READER NOT ADOBE READER from App World. It is the best $0.99 you can spend if you read PDF's on the PlayBook. Trust me, I've been through this and pissed away a lot of $$ trying various PDF readers. PDF Reader is the best by far. The app author is very friendly and actually responded to my feature request and actually built it into his next release...seriously, just do it.
- 01-15-13, 08:18 PM #17
For instance, what app do you know that takes the place of Battery Guru? How about a web app that can play any video format like Kalemsoft can do? We are lucky that these developers saw fit to design for the pb. Obviously the are a bunch of other apps that are not replaced by browsing the web?
- 01-16-13, 03:39 AM #20
What i am planning is to read some PDFs for certifications and study on the Playbook because i was 'pissed' lying in bed or on the couch with my heavy T61 Laptop to read PDF files. $0.99 is a good price and i'll give the app a try - so far i was happy with the Adobe Reader (only used it ~5 minutes just for testing if my PDF files even works)
I'm asking you guys because I lack the knowledge of app support, which is kind of a deal breaker/maker for me. I'm not a die-hard app lover - otherwise I would have bought an Android tablet already - but it's important to me that there will be some app support (Facebook, e-readers etcetera) in the future. You all seemed to know more of that than I did, and now I'm informed well enough to make my decision ON MY OWN
Ordered a 64gb Playbook for 171 euros today!
My first Blackberry product after saying goodbye to my Bold 9700 more than a year ago. Really curious, especially because I forgot to test some of the features in store, but I think the file management for e-reader apps shouldn't be a problem. Hope you all will be there if I need help in the future.
- 01-18-13, 04:07 PM #23
- 01-18-13, 04:29 PM #24
A lot of those hundreds of thousands of apps are those that not everybody wants; but there's a ton of them that, even though it's just a small percent of the population that want them, there are so friggin many Apple and Android devices out there that a small percentage is still a lot. We need BB10 to gain that kind of popularity, if for no other reason than I'll be less likely to blow a gasket if I hear 'download the app now for your Apple, Android or BB10 device'. Of course, I can still dream of the day that I might totally vapor-lock when I hear just 'for your BB10 device'. Hey, after Misek's stunt today, anything can happen.
- 01-18-13, 04:46 PM #25
I've had mine for 2 months now, and after some time getting used to it and prefering my netbook I'm finding the more I get used to it the better it gets, the solidity and wonderful speakers, and turning off java except on ebay, and being able to do what I want faster, have made me more and more happy with it and now use it as much as my netbook.
The fact that I can make Web pages sit on my home screen like Apps works for me, as the tablet size works with full Web pages better than Apps for things like ebay and yahoo mail. I'm still getting used to navigating documemts, using Dropbox and such like.
The real punch line is the upgrade to os10. I'm really looking forward to it, like getting a new more modern tablet. I'm sure they'll have fixed all the slightly dated stuff, like bookmark organising, and everything will speed up immensely
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