- 01-05-13, 09:59 AM #52
And where the heck is Asian language input? Android and iOS have it, WP7 supported a few East Asian ones while WP8 adds right-to-left scripts, but the Playbook is pretty much Euro-only. The Unicode compliance means you can view most languages out there but there's no input support for Simplified and Traditional Chinese, for example.
How hard can it be to write input modules for these languages?
- 01-05-13, 10:45 AM #54
why didnt the playbook gain much traction?
Why didn't the playbook gain much traction?
Because it was from my point of view a flop that seemed too bland as when compared to an android tablet. Like I said this is just my own view!!! So don't kill me for my own opinion.
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- 01-05-13, 10:46 AM #55
I bought the Playbook when it was $300 for a 64GB tablet. You still can't that kind of deal on any other platform. I love the OS. Absolutely love it. No other tablet has a better experience due to the tablet relying more on gestures than tapping. I used to use it every day over my HTC Flyer. The web browsing experience was infinitely better. And I love shooting video with my Playbook. Fast forward to today, I think the Playbook has a better OS but internet loads WAY faster on my Galaxy Note 10.1. So I mostly use that now. I even recommended the Nexus 7 over the Playbook as a Christmas present just because the hardware is so dated, lack of Amazon support and the person had no interest in having a back camera. I really hope RIM does a sequel with it running BB10 and the latest hardware specs. I would definitely pick one up. For now I'll settle with buying the Z10. It would be great if BB10 made the Playbook handle the web quicker but I'm not counting on it.
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I have had my PB for a year now and I love it. However a major deficiency for me is its inability to connect to external devices. I bought an Asus Transformer Infinity with keyboard so that I can transfer my photos from SD card to the tablet and, if necessary, either on to a portable HDD or into the cloud. The Asus does that for me.
I can now compare the Android tablet to the PB for general use and, for me, the PB wins hands down for speed, stability and smooth operation. If the PB had connectivity to external devices and perhaps more native apps it would be winner.
BTW I have found nothing Android to match the marvelous PB Print to Go.
- 01-05-13, 11:47 AM #57Because it was from my point of view a flop that seemed too bland as when compared to an android tablet.
- 01-05-13, 12:46 PM #59
Sorry. Bumping it up it to 1.5GHz, making it LTE and insanely expensive doesn't do me any good. I want a new wifi only version. So quit beating your head against the wall.
- 01-05-13, 12:55 PM #60
I'd rather see BlackBerry 10 on it.
- 01-05-13, 01:19 PM #61
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It was love at first Site. Sold galaxy tab immediately after bridging bb to store demo. OK, os2 was already out, so I was lucky wrt the missing native apps. As long as it's cheaper than other platforms it will being sold. Hopefully all new PlayBooks bought after bb10 launch will come standard with BB10 and also new adverts and support from carriers for PlayBook reloaded.
- 01-05-13, 01:42 PM #63And yes the display is dated now. It has to be upped next release for sure.And the biggest thing is that the upgrades went to a device that probably hasnt sold over a couple thousand devices.
Google Nexus, Kindle Fire and yes PlayBook (and HP Touchpad) proved there's a market for a smaller, cheaper tablet and ultimately forced Apple to respond with iPad Mini.
But not sure how RIM makes money at it.Even ditching the PB name would help the product out on the next release.
- 01-05-13, 01:51 PM #64
I just want browsing as fast as my Galaxy Note 10.1. I don't think that's too much to ask. I'm not going to use the slower Playbook browser instead of my Note 10.1. I use what's best. And my Playbook is no longer it.
Again, an expensive 1.5GHz LTE version of the Playbook doesn't do me any good. I'm not paying extra for LTE I'm never ever going to use so I can get a CPU bump. I would also have to downgrade from 64GB to 32GB. How is that a good deal for me?.
I own a Note 10.1. Does it look like I care about Retina displays? I love the quality of the Playbook screen. Bumping it up to the same resolution as the Z10 would be nice but not necessary.
Maybe you don't feel inhibited because you don't have the Note to compare it to on a daily basis. The Internet loads way faster. I'm not sitting around for 50 seconds for a web page to fully load when my Note can do the same page in 6 seconds.
If BB10 can get it under 10 seconds, I would say the OS upgrade is enough. Otherwise they need a true sequel to the original wifi release. Having the Qualcomm S4 inside with 2GB of RAM like the Z10 would be great. Make a wifi only version that I can get for under $500 and I would gladly buy it.
- 01-05-13, 01:54 PM #65I just want browsing as fast as my Galaxy Note 10.1. I don't think that's too much to ask. I'm not going to use the slower Playbook browser instead of my Note 10.1. I use what's best. And my Playbook is no longer it.Again, an expensive 1.5GHz LTE version of the Playbook doesn't do me any good. I'm not paying extra for LTE I'm never ever going to use so I can get a CPU bump. I would also have to downgrade from 64GB to 32GB. How is that a good deal for me?.I own a Note 10.1. Does it look like I care about Retina displays?Maybe you don't feel inhibited because you don't have the Note to compare it to on a daily basis. The Internet loads way faster. I'm not sitting around for 50 seconds for a web page to fully load when my Note can do the same page in 6 seconds.
- 01-05-13, 03:20 PM #67
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- 01-05-13, 09:40 PM #71
The PB doesn't do any of these. It has USB On-the-go which somewhat works on rooted devices, but computer connections need a special driver because the PB talks using SMB over USB. RIM could have just used USB Mass Storage or MTP but they went with this crazy proprietary solution instead. Bluetooth is only for bridging (I don't have a Blackberry phone) or headsets, no file transfers there.
As it is, the PB can't talk to my smartphone or other tablets directly. I need a Wi-fi network so the other devices can see the PB's fileshare. It's funny and annoying when I'm outside, my phone and PB are next to each other, but they can't talk to each other. I love the PB's design and OS2 is so easy to use but the hardware connectivity stuff really needs fixing.
- 01-05-13, 09:43 PM #72
- 01-05-13, 10:20 PM #73
Now RIM has stated all the languages they currently support will be on BlackBerry 10 at launch, but with the Dev Alpha here I'm not seeing any Japanese input yet. Since I am taking Japanese language courses in University, having that input is VERY helpful, I use it all the time on my 9900 and used it in my previous BlackBerry devices, kind of a pain if my PlayBook has Japanese study apps but I can't input text in Japanese.
- 01-05-13, 11:31 PM #75
with the outlook of summer being the soonest for bb10 on the PB its not going to "gain traction" IMO. They will need a new tablet to create a stir that they hoped for in the original PB
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