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Wy I'm thinking not to buy playbook 4g
Hi everybody, Im totally pro blackberry cells and my playbook, that include a total war against all the i-staf.
I hate that for now there's only a 32gb 4g playbook. With my apps, documents, pictures and music I have already around 45 gb used on my 64gb.
I know somebody will tell me that with 4g I can storage on line, but not the biggest fan of that. Maybe i'll just wait to the 64 or better the 128 4g lte playbook in 2013.
- 09-11-12, 04:31 PM #3
If you have a phone that let's you tether I don't see the need really. My contract here in the UK includes unlimited tethering at no charge so I effectively have a 4g playbook anyway (even if it's technically 3g due to the network over here being pants)
Its nice to have it all in one unit of course but I'm not sure that convenience is worth paying another data plan, cost of the device and losing half the storage
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09-11-12, 04:38 PM #4Passport (SQW100) unlocked - EE (UK) sim-only contract - BB10 OS Software Release 10.3.1.1779 - BB10 OS Version 10.3.1.2576
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PlayBook 64Gb - 126.96.36.1997 (and another spare PB 64Gb for contingency)..... and a Doro PhoneEasy 622 on Vodafone UK PAYG for when I have to take the really strong back tablets that make your fingers numb or if the Passport/EE4G knacks up....
(btw Doro make great simple big-button handsets for seniors and those of us with reduced feeling in our fingertips.....)
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Thanks for reading this guys, and I'll love tether, but right now here in Mexico with nextel (Sprint in US) the best model we can get is an old bb i830 so the slowest net on the market with the oldest blackberry on the market.
I was thinking to get a blackberry from another company with a normal speed of internet 3g with telcel or 4g with iusacell but i keep waiting for BB10 to show up to throw my 830 to a viking fire pit.
Right now i use a 4g ZTE MF60 to be conected, but i keep leaving it at the office or home since i don't like to carry 3 diferent devices all the time.
LOL i think i need a shrink not a forum, but thanks anyway.
- 09-12-12, 02:44 AM #7
Nah in all seriousness its mostly down to laziness for me, I have all my music saved on there for when I'm in the car which eats up about 20 gig plus the odd film/tv episode. I could take stuff off once I'm done watching or listening to it but if the space is sat there doing nothing then I might aswell leave it
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12-15-12, 07:28 AM #8
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I just finished evaluating the Playbook and here's my 2-cents worth:
It's too heavy.
Can't play online games at Yahoo
Can't play any online windows games requiring a client software to be installed on the Playbook like FICS to play online chess
Can't make video calls using Skype
Dangerous for people that are suffering from epilepsy... will bring on seizures (it's right in the fine print)
Not very intuitive right out of the box. It took me several hours to get past the initial startup procedure
There's no direction in any of the documentation in the box as to where to go to get online manual. I did eventually find out by reviewing many of the youtube clips. Without youtube and google search for help I found the playbook to be one of the most frustrating and non-intuitive technology I come across.
Too few apps
Doesn't support .txt files ... huh????
Does not have a SD Card slot for Expansion memory -- a must have in my opinion.
Does not come with a stylus or ear-buds ... ridiculous
The leather case I bought for the Playbook was obviously designed by a programmer that never had to use it. Just shoddy design. For example, when you close the case, there are no slots in the case at the side exposing the connections for the charging cable to be attached. The only way to charge the unit it to have the case open...ridiculous.
Very awkward to play videos ... the OS doesn't support many of the standard video formats. For example, you can't run VLC to view videos.
Can't take advantage of the the many Open Source apps available for windows. This is the biggest blunder I note for all the tablets out there.
It's just not an easy transition from a notebook
Even though I only paid $150 for the 32gig Playbook, it wasn't worth it. I had to return it.
If you can wait to get a tablet ... wait. The technology isn't quite there yet.
- 12-15-12, 08:20 AM #9
The only 2 of the above i would agree with is the lack of SD card support and, at a push, the lack of Skype. Though that is not RIM's fault, down to Micrsoft.
I dont play online games - personal choice
Watching TV can bring on seizures!
I was up and running within a hour. 30 minutes or so to download OS update, and go through initial set up
I found the learning curve quick
User manual is on line as stated with supplied documentation. Also has 'in built' help
Supports all my documentation needs
You may have a point about the buds. Styli dont work that well with most tablets, apart from the Note
The case you purchased isnt down to RIM, your purchase
No problems playing videos
Not to sure of Open Source! As far as Im aware Ive never used them?
Notebook and Tablets are different fish
I would suggest to anyone to do their research before buying a tablet, of any piece or electronics. I dont think you did!
Last edited by BigwhiteUK; 12-15-12 at 08:44 AM.
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- 12-15-12, 09:08 AM #10
Re: Wy I'm thinking not to buy playbook 4g
I don't know any mobile OS that supports playing Java apps (Yahoo, Facebook...). If the deciding factor is playing apps made for desktop and laptop computers, then a tablet isn't your best bet.
There are mobile apps for playing chess. There are even BBOS apps that include FICS for chess, and FICS for backgammon. There is even one chess app in Blackberry World that supports FICS (although right now it doesn't include chat). You need to be looking at mobile apps instead of trying to use Windows apps. Heck, even the Surface (W8RT) won't play them.
Skype would be nice. Hopefully it really is coming with BB10. That's up to Microsoft, thought. You can video chat using FaceFlow on the PlayBook.
Any device using backlit technology has the capability of causing seizures in people with epilepsy. If this is something that affects you, monitor which apps you use. The same well happen on a TV or computer monitor.
For me, the PlayBook gestures were very intuitive. There is even a help app right on the device. The documentation included with the PlayBook tells you where to get the online manual.
Lots of apps are getting added all the time. Most of the big name app companies are concentrating on BB10. There should be a lot more options once BB10 hits the market.
There are several apps for txt files.
Many new devices don't have microSD support. It is a slight downfall for the PlayBook, but BB10 should be adding OTG support. The hardware can handle it. BB10 has the back end for it. We just have to wait and see if it really gets baked into the OS. With OTG, you'll be able to connect a flash drive to the USB port for added storage.
Most tablets don't come with a stylus. Not the Nexus 7, iPad, Xoom, or Galaxy Tab. The only one that does is the Note series. I think it is a stretch to expect a tablet to come with headphones or other accessories like that. Should I have expected my laptop to come with headphones and a mouse?
The case I have for my PlayBook works fine for charging when closed. It even spins around 360 degrees so I can use it as a stand in portrait and landscape. Sounds like a different case would have suited your needs better. That's not the PlayBook's fault.
There are plenty of apps that play different video formats. If you got an Android tablet, you'd be in the same predicament. Most mobile devices don't support every single video format out of the box. All it takes, though, is searching for the app that will meet your needs. I watch videos all the time on my PlayBook without any problems (even Amazon Prime). With the HDMI port, I can even watch them on a bigger screen.
The PlayBook isn't a Windows device. You won't be able to play Windows apps on it. You won't be able to play them on an Android tablet, or iPad either. Heck, they won't play on a Microsoft Surface. It's a completely different operating system. None of my old C/PM applications run in Windows. A lot of MS-DOS apps no longer work in Windows. But, there are apps built in many different systems that do work on the PlayBook: native, AIR, even ported Android apps.
It sounds like you were expecting your tablet to be a Windows based laptop without the keyboard. The PlayBook is a mobile device with a completely different operating system. You went in with the wrong expectations. It sounds like what you really want is a Windows tablet. You might be better off waiting for the Microsoft Surface that comes with Windows 8 Pro (not the RT version out now) and paying 8x more than you did for the PlayBook.RuneCryption - Unique memory game for PlayBook & BB10, now "Built for BlackBerry".