| | 08-17-11, 08:51 PM Thread Author #24
I would like to see the ability to do the following (in no particular order):
Originally Posted by blackjack93117
Use my Blackberry Media Gateway with my Blackberry Playbook
Check my email (Look below for a story on this) / PIM activities in absence of my BB
Connect remotely to desktop systems that I manage using standard RDP protocols
Connect remotely to linux systems via SSH
Participate in WebEx / Citrix sessions
Video conference with people who don't have a Playbook
Use my PDFs that are 1100+ pages with a search feature, or even bookmark a page
Edit my PowerPoint files or at least modify my notes on the tablet itself
Instant message connectivity besides BBM over bridge
Use my tablet as a navigation device
I think that's enough for now to make my point. I'd also like to point out that I can do every single one of those tasks on my iPad and all except one are within reach with the Android player. (No bluetooth in AP yet & most likely never)
As far as the email situation goes, I use Logicmail on my BB handheld to keep my phone from blowing up while attached to my "junk" addresses. (Use those for signups and such) I don't want my phone going off every 3 minutes from them, but I'd still like the ability to access them. Here's the story I was referring to above, the other day I left my BB at home in my rush out of the house, and I realized it when I was already a good ways towards my destination (50 minute drive). I still had my PlayBook, but no BB... So I fire it up once I'm there and think of how I can send an email to my coworker to coordinate where we should meet up. Just exactly how would I do this through my corporate email without the assistance of the Android player? I couldn't, and so I fired up AP and sent my email off to him, 3 minutes later we meet up and the day goes on.
Phone remote is a fantastic application and I think the developer has done a great job considering the tools provided to develop on the PlayBook thus far. See, everyone keeps saying that the NDK is coming and that Android apps are coming. But this is @ss backwards to how most companies put out their products, you don't put the cart before the horse and this is exactly what has been done. They shipped a very solid platform with a very poor toolset to build upon for it. AIR is great for producing a quick content consumption application, but horrid for most other tasks. Honestly it makes me laugh that the PB is dual core as actionscript offers no way to "thread" an application, how are we developers supposed to leverage the CPU in such an environment?
Ask the developer of Logicmail why his fantastic application isn't available in app world, and I mean it that it's a great app, it is. Ask shape services why we can't IM on our Playbooks yet, I'm sure you can get an idea of why if you look around here. I am a developer and I've experienced the frustrations that many others have first hand when dealing with RIM. He11, I got my application rejected because it was competitive with the browser that the PB shipped with, others are in app world, but for some reason I just happened to draw the short straw. Would you put time and effort into a project if the possibility existed that you will be turned away because of inconsistencies within the approval process, and said inconsistencies were very publicly talked about?
Yeah, that's a rant, and I'm not sure I feel better after having said all that. You basically had the perfect mix of questions there to get me nice and fired up. It's not directed at you, and I feel that what you asked should be able to be easily dismissed but in this case I cannot.
All these issues lead back to 3 letters dropping the ball, RIM.