- CrackBerry Abuser
01-11-13, 11:28 PM #51
- 129 Posts
I love it but ya, total garbage until OS 2. Rim knew it too but senior management pushed it out way too soon. Hubris, so much hubris...
Honestly I wouldn't have bought it unless I knew that bb10 was coming for it. Although I could stay OS2 if we had Netflix
- 01-11-13, 11:58 PM #53
I once had an android phone. I was constantly installing and installing apps; found very few that were keepers. I agree there are shortcomings to the playbook, but a "brick" really?If I'm posting from my laptop ...... it's only because the PlayBook's charging. TheBlackLabEdge.com
- 01-12-13, 12:39 AM #56Z30, Nexus 4, Kobo Arc 64GB, Playbook 16GB
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-12-13, 12:45 AM #58
- 141 Posts
Not at all disappointed with mine, it has replaced my 2 laptops and desktop PC's for many things. I could care less about trying to sort through thousands of Apps to find a couple that I may use a few times and forget about. My most favorite "Need for Speed " which I played many times even gets forgotten alot. It's very hard to satisfy everyone in this world but I do know for sure I am very happy with mine from day one....April 19, 2011.
- 01-12-13, 05:18 AM #59
I bought mine a year ago and I still use it everyday. Too many features of PlayBook have been underrated, such as Bridge, full multitasking and the swipe gestures. An iPad can't do the first two and requires to be enabled in settings for the use of all four fingers to do the third.
I had found the screen to be over sensitive to greasy finger marks, but this has been eliminated by adding a screen protector. The browser can be a pain at times with freezing and checkboarding.
The os is close to brilliant with full multitasking and it has never crashed or frozen.
The PlayBook is solidly built is a bargain when it can be bought for a third of the price of an equivalent iPad Mini.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-12-13, 05:34 AM #60
- 135 Posts
No, I am not disappointed at all with my PlayBook. It cost £129 inc. delivery for a 64Gb device that interracts with my BB phone and does many useful things that enhance my life. Sure, it could be better, and it does require a bit of work browsing forums such as Crackberry to get the best out of it, but for the money it's a steal. So much so that I bought two; I started with a secondhand 16 GB bought off eBay back in February 2012 for £150, then when prices dropped I bought the 64 GB. I use that as a music player mainly, and a mobile DJ platform using the Pacemaker app.
As with all mobile devices, and desktop PCs for that matter, a lot depends what you want to do with the device. Each tablet has its strengths and weaknesses. If the PlayBook doesn't meet your needs, just move on and buy an iPad or Android device.
- CrackBerry Master
01-12-13, 05:59 AM #61
- 1,021 Posts
Most certainly not disappointed. I purchased mine as a shot in the dark after a disastrous experience with the Nexus 7. What it delivered for £129 blew my mind. My wife was using it so much that I ended up getting one for her as well. My parents also loved the look of it and I bought one for them as well.
It has some annoying quirks but I can live with those.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-12-13, 06:36 AM #62
- 295 Posts
Not at all disapointed, but very happy with my Playbook. Its the BEST tablet in the world for me!
I have got an Ipad which is nothing more than a big App Player.. too big, the crappy non multitasking IOS and the use of ITUNES make me Not like it.
I also had an Yarvik Android tablet and oh my god, what a piece of junk this Android OS is. I can understand why Google is giving away android to the (Not to Smart)phone and tablet manufacturers. Charging even a penny for this OS would be considered Theft! Anyway is sold it after a week of frustration.
Last few weeks i have been testing a Acer Iconia W7 windows 8 tablet. Specs to Blow most other devices away (I3 processor, 4096MB bla bla bla) but its just not good enough. Its just another windows device, again to Big and not well build. It has fans that kick in when the tablet becomes hot, and its more like a Laptop replacement. (the device is shipped with a bluetooth keyboard as well)
So end of the line, its the Blackberry Playbook with its great form factor and Build quality that i carry around all day.
I use my playbook for: (some keyfeatures)
email - native client
twitter - blaq
webbrowsing - Native Browser works for me
games - Many good playbook games
Watching videos - Kalemsoft streams them from my synology nas
reading ebooks - Playepub
navigation - magellan compas and osmond
skype (and other socialmedia chat) - IM+
fotos and HD videos using its cameras.
(and many other apps....)
I know that the devices mentioned above are also capable of doing this but NOT the way the Playbook does.
The true multitasking operating system, the bezel swiping, the smart UI, its just great. Its a tablet like a tablet should be!
- CrackBerry Genius
01-12-13, 07:54 AM #64
- 1,807 Posts
Most people have responded honestly enough. But it is ok for someone to be disappointed and to dislike it you know. The OP has an opinion as valid as anyone else's. Personally I think the PlayBook is terrific, and seriously underrated. But it did fail for a reason, and it would be daft to think everything has been fixed. The app selection IS limited, and that does hamstring the device, it would be silly to deny that.
And if you dont have a Blackberry phone, then thats going to be even more highlighted as you don't have Bridge. Don't bite his head off.
- 01-12-13, 08:37 AM #65
While I do love my pb it is not a finished or optimized OS yet. I'm pretty sure that BB10 will not have these issues. I know the pb was put on the back burner a long time ago to get BB10 done and I'm good with that but to say I'm not disappointed after a year and a half of the same missing features would be a lie for me. There is plenty to love about it but there is also plenty to annoy you at times too. There is still some functionality missing and I'm not talking about apps.
If all a person got one for was playing games or because it was cheap (mine wasn't) well then yep you just might be completely satisfied.Sent from me using my fingers. Be pantless in 5K. Febreze - for more than smells.
Posted from my phone or pc or tablet that are no better than anyone else's
Woopie Doopie we have em fun
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-12-13, 08:47 AM #66
- 188 Posts
I've had mine for a year and a half now and I still think it's absolutely great and an absolute steal at today's prices. I'm sorry for those that can't find enough good things in their own PlayBook but I'm still encouraging people to pick up what I consider to be the best deal in my 35 years of working with computers.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-12-13, 09:27 AM #67BLUSLS - Crackberry Fiend!!!!!!!!
- 203 Posts
- CrackBerry User
01-12-13, 10:03 AM #68
- 19 Posts
In no way at all. As others indicated everyone knows its shortcomings in apps a bit, but no other OS multi tasks better and it fulfills every need I'm looking for.
I don't need to play games all day long, I'm looking for function. And the fact I can use it anywhere when connected to my BB phone, is awesome!
- 01-12-13, 10:08 AM #69
Connect the Access Point to the hotel's Ethernet and I have WiFi for everything in my room.
All of my devices are already set up to recognize my own Access Point so as long as the hotel's Ethernet is working correctly I have Internet access.Z30, Nexus 4, Kobo Arc 64GB, Playbook 16GB
- 01-12-13, 10:32 AM #70
- CrackBerry Addict
01-12-13, 10:39 AM #71
- 629 Posts
Are you disapointed with your PlayBook ?
I have had the playbook since close to its release. I used it quite a bit at first and even setup my work vpn on the device as well as Remote Desktop and was quite pleased with its functionality. When it came to gaming I was able to do what I wanted on it and thoroughly enjoyed Dead Space. I was very close to pulling the trigger on the bluetooth keyboard case and if I would have I feel like I would have used it even more.
I recently received an ipad Mini with a bluetooth keyboard case for Christmas which is what I am using now. I have also switched to the iphone for my business and personal use. I do like a few apps that are available on the iphone and ipad that are not available on the Blackberry platform. Just a couple that I really enjoy and use quite often are Pulse, Netflix, and Redbox. They are not huge apps to me to not have but definitely make things easier on my way home when I can just open the Redbox app and select a movie.
I know that there are ways to access those websites via the Blackberry Playbook but it is just not as easy.
I am holding onto my Blackberry Playbook for when I pickup a Blackberry 10 phone but I don't see myself getting rid of the ipad Mini. I am very hopeful for RIM and their future, I think I will eventually be able to carry only Blackberry and be happy.FLIDOW
- 01-12-13, 10:44 AM #72
A: No I am not.
Overall I needed more than an app launcher a media consumption device. I needed a 1+1=3 (Playbook+BB Phone). The purchase was a homerun and the tablet brought me back to the phones and I couldn't be happier.Nothing is so common as is the goal to be remarkable
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