- CrackBerry User
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What is the PlayBook good for?
I've just bought the PlayBook and have sideloaded some Android apps, such as Grooveshark, Shazam and YouTube. They seem to run slow and lag often. What is the PlayBook really good for? So far I can say that video playback and pictures are great. The OS is great and runs nicely without any lag. Internet browsing is okay. For apps it sucks. I kind of regret buying it although I only paid £130 for it. I should have bought an Android tab instead since BlackBerry is going downhill and bankrupt.
What do you all think?"We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last." Muhammad Ali
- CrackBerry User
12-31-2012, 03:07 PM #4
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I'm not a video gamer, so I can't address that strength/shortcoming. I use mine for doc2go -- mostly Word and Excel, email, videos, news reader, ereader (Kobo is a pretty good app, in my limited experience.) We were doing christmas at a little lake cabin without internet access, so I downloaded Christmas movies and HDMI'd the playbook the TV and kept the grandkids entertained. I have the tethering package from AT&T and I bnoth bridge and tether to my Torch. I consider my PlayBook indispensible. (For Christmas I asked for, and received, the mini-keyboard case combo. when I get the dash mount for my truck, it'll be perfect.)
- 12-31-2012, 03:16 PM #5
It oozes potential. The hardware is nice, the OS has some nice points that make it worth having, the manufacturer cases are beautiful and the battery life is great. I adore the little guy as a secondary device, but it'd drive me absolutely crazy were it my main. Not only is there a dearth of apps, but the way the OS treats them is archaic. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, BlackBerry 10 should fix the majority of the issues and make it much more viable as a primary tablet, the rest (software related, of course) being addressed over time.
As for how I use it, despite the lacking graphics quality and low resolution, it plays games admirably. Other than that, I mainly use it for checking email, weather, sideloading, posting to CrackBerry, and general toying around.
- 12-31-2012, 03:20 PM #6
If you bought it for Android apps you might as well take it back. PlayBook has been a work in progress and while its a great device we wont see its full potential until it get BlackBerry10. Right now i use mine for email,messaging,social networks,games,shooting 1080p hd video,games,taking and editing pics,games,surfing the web,games,video chat,music,movies,games,hdmi out to the big screen often,games,oh and i play games from time to time...I use it for many other things as well and i use it daily. Its a great device imo and I am still struck by the fact that its getting BlackBerry10 and essentially will be a whole new device...wow! Glad i bought a few of themI waited...It launched...Im still waiting...
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12-31-2012, 05:25 PM #17
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I use to press my shirt crisp. I swat flies in the summer. I use it as frisbee at the beach. A coaster and chopping board during camping. You just have to be creative with it. The device is as good as the user ability to utilize it.
- 12-31-2012, 05:27 PM #18
Native email has become better, though it only took a year. But better is far from good enough. It's still slow to go through and delete, but worst of all is the incomprehensible 30-day limit on emails. What were they thinking?Acer Asprie S755-6832, Playbook, Samsung SII HD LTE, HTC One v
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12-31-2012, 07:08 PM #21
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Be an informed consumer.... If the OP did even a small bit of research... he would have found how limited the Android support actually is... at which point the forum users would not subjected to another diatribe about how aweful the Playbook is..... OP should have done all of us a favour... admit it was a mistake to buy it, take it back and get the almighty Android device that should have been purchased in the first place..... This way I would not have just wasted 5 minutes of my life.....
- 12-31-2012, 07:36 PM #22
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