Are us playbook users getting screwed?
Hi. I will like to start off by saying I'm the biggest blackberry fan ever. I have only owed blackberries the last 8 years and plan on continuing that in the future. But I must say I am getting very frustrated with the lack of support and information about the future of the PlayBook. Already for bb fans who purchased z10s do not have bridge capabilities. And to make it worst bb is being hush on when or if bb10 will even make it to playbook. It is already frustrating dealing with daily wifi problems from my playbook but now I'm worried we will be left behind with this new wave of things coming up. I even been hearing that playbook doesn't even have the capabilities to run bb10 smh. I was just wondering what other playbook owners were thinking.
- CrackBerry Genius
02-09-13, 01:55 AM #3
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Its only been a week since BB10 came out. Too much of these threads keep posting up.Don't expect a lot at one time. Wait till a good month to start reacting like crazy...
As a playbook owner.. I don't mind the wait, as long as they bring the update to us.
- 02-09-13, 01:57 AM #4
Are us playbook users getting screwed?!?!?!?!
I am thinking that instead of bb10 on my playbook I'd rather just see updates to the current os like browser improvements, updated appworld with bb10 apps, and various other fixes folks want. (and enhancements).
I am thinking 1GB of ram on the playbook just isn't enough.
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- 02-09-13, 04:54 AM #10
I got mine the first day it came out with the hopes/expectation of using Skype, Netflix and the browser on every Site. There were rumours before the launch almost 2 years ago that this would be available. Yet I am still waiting and then hear that they are now coming to bb10. Except Netflix. Now more rumours waiting? I do like my playbook and use it often, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't ask for some of the basics.
- 02-09-13, 05:20 AM #12
RE: Are us PlayBook users getting screwed?Long time ago... haven't you noticed?
Seriously, BlackBerry themselves don't know what to do with the PlayBook... they probably want to ditch it long time ago but worried of becoming bad publicity against them and with the incoming of new lines of mobiles running BB10, BlackBerry cannot afford to have another bad publicity... the later this year scenario will buy them enough time to decide or to finally abandon it... afterall, they have now valid reason such as hardware incapable... what they need now is some mind setting strategies such as feeding positive lookout on why BB10 is not needed in PB or something like the current PB OS is great and there is no require to upgrade to BB10, or a reverse psychology approach such as "you failed to do your research when buying things"... things like that...
I don't see any reason why BlackBerry couldn't roll out the BB10 to PB asap especially that it could really help their BB10 marketing a lot... unless, again they haven't figure it out what to do with the current PlayBook...
- CrackBerry Master
02-09-13, 05:34 AM #13
- 1,468 Posts
My feeling is a bit in-between at the moment. On one hand, a PlayBook at £129 really made me enthusiastic about RIM/BlackBerry and I do think it is a great bargain. The Playbook is why I'm here.
But on the other hand, I do think BlackBerry really missed the boat by not having BB10 on PB ready at launch. It would have brought some good early revenue on app sales, and a feelgood amongst the BlackBerry faithful. Also, removing much bridge functionality... Well, if BB10 on PlayBook is imminent this may be excuseable providing full bridge functionality is restored then, but if there's another 6-12 months to wait it becomes a rather difficult pill to swallow.
The only effect thus far, for me, that the BB10 launch has had is:
1) Feeling a bit left out that PlayBook wasn't mentioned in launch party
2) The application I use most, Neutron, no longer works on my Playbook after an update to make it BB10 compatible. BlackBerry are taking donkeys years to approve the fix that the dev submitted.
Leaves a sour taste in the mouth. That said, I'm still here, still posting, and still hopeful.
- CrackBerry Addict
02-09-13, 06:30 AM #14
- 590 Posts
My playbook is working as well as it was last week. No complaints here.
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- 02-09-13, 07:51 AM #15
I've only had my pb for a little over a year. It was a gift from my boss. I am maybe luckier than most. When I got it it had OS1 but OS2 was right around the corner. I loved it right from the start and the updated OS was just awesome.
I've never had any expectations that BlackBerry needed to keep updating beyond bug fixes. I have never heard them promise anything beyond some vague references that there would be a playbook with BB10. Reading over those interviews I've never seen where it's been said that the current pb's would get it. Just that BB10 was coming for the playbook. Could be for a new playbook with 2GB of ram. Now, maybe I've missed where someone from BlackBerry has said definitely the current pb's would get upgraded - but all I see are people in the forums saying that it was promised.
And like one of the previous posters said, with 1GB of ram I don't think the experience on the pb would be the same. I'd love to see some enhancements but I don't personally think we're owed them. I have a bb running OS6 which was a great update from its original OS5, but I'm not surprised or upset that it didn't get the update to OS7.
- 02-09-13, 08:12 AM #18
I'm thinking there should be an FAQ at the top of the forums that says,
"The latest information on PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 ". And it should be red and it should blink in the most gawdy but eye catching way ...
- 02-09-13, 09:05 AM #19
Here's my two cents:
The PlayBook is already running QNX so the leap to full BB10 should be relatively easy. Sure the hardware is different but as a developer the two things I want from BB10 on the PlayBook are:
1. The Qt framework which makes writing native app ui much easier
2. The cascades framework which finishes the story.
1gb is enough - sure 2 or even 4 would be better as would a faster CPU as used by the LTE model but 1Gb does work as the Dev Alpha units prove.
I expect the bridge software will see updates but they will probably arrive in tandem with the PB OS update.
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- CrackBerry Abuser
02-09-13, 09:17 AM #21
- 413 Posts
As far as BB10 goes, it is something that I wouldn't expect to be offered for a two year old product. I think it is cool that they are going to offer it but I don't feel it is something they should be expected to do.
Your saying it doesn't have the capabilities to run it from what your hearing. I heard it does but the fact is that it does have lower specs then the phone that they released two years after the PlayBook. That is to be expected. If you have ever owned a PC you would know that you normally have to upgrade/replace your hardware for a new OS. In this case it isn't a new OS but changed. I'm sure they will have no problem adding a Playbook version.
I think the biggest thing on the table is to get the Q10 to market and also to get the Z10 and Q10 into the US market.
There is also rumors that there will be a new PlayBook this year. I have heard some complain because it will have better specs then the one they own and they are being screwed over. Can't make everyone happy.
- CrackBerry Newbie
02-09-13, 10:28 AM #24
- 9 Posts
It's probably true that BB would love it if they could find the way to get rid of the PB. However, like I've said before, that are also pretty much aware that doing such a thing would have two direct consequences:
- they would outrage PB users. Not a good idea.
-the market couldn't take such a company seriously; what kind of company brings out a product and scraps it months afterwards?. They would lose credibility.
So, weather they like it or not, BB is stuck with the PB
- CrackBerry Genius
02-09-13, 10:54 AM #25
- 3,530 Posts
I even been hearing that playbook doesn't even have the capabilities to run bb10 smh.
Already for bb fans who purchased z10s do not have bridge capabilities.
I'm worried we will be left behind with this new wave of things coming up.
I'm fine with the way it is right now. I have been thinking of an inexpensive Android tab to run some apps for things like home theater and automation. I won't wait for RIM or any company to fullfill promises.
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