1. uncle_numpty's Avatar
    Well it's been nearly 6 months since i've had my 64gb playbook and it's only been turned off twice - and that was due to OS upgrades requring it.

    Nary a crash, stutter or other problem.

    I use it every day and a second one will be added to the fold later this week.

    So c'mon BB get your arse in gear and support your own excellent hardware and loyal userbase and upgrade the OS allready
    03-04-13 03:09 AM
  2. taz323's Avatar
    You are wright this little tablet is one my favorite buddies, tablet is with me always and has been since my first 16g when they first came out.
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    03-04-13 06:14 AM
  3. Cale M's Avatar
    I love my tablet as well, but it doesn't seem to be quite as reliable. It still has problems with the WEP encrypted WiFi at work, and every time I think I have it solved it learns to stop working again. It currently has authenticated itself into the network but refuses to web pages. Evernote also does not recognize a web connection.

    I suspect bridge issues because my Torch WiFi connection always mirrors my Playbook's. In addition, my connection priorities were scrambled by the latest OS update, causing it to communicate through my phone before checking its own WiFi. This forced me to unload RROYY. Re-loading his bridge software might work properly, but I just haven't gotten around to that.

    I've also had non-WEP problems such as connecting with Gmail's imap server or media-reading apps not behaving properly which were resolved with a reboot. Plus there have been behavioral issues with running the available memory down to 300mb or less. I suspect a memory leak someplace.

    And it's still the best tablet I've ever used. You can have it when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
    03-04-13 07:25 AM
  4. Ishaq786's Avatar
    I've never had a crash or a reboot. However I do get loads of stuttering, lag, checkboarding from the browser.

    That's the only thing I would change. The browser.
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    03-04-13 08:03 AM
  5. taz323's Avatar
    I've never had a crash or a reboot. However I do get loads of stuttering, lag, checkboarding from the browser.

    That's the only thing I would change. The browser.
    depending on the sites your in if you go into setting in the browser and turn off Java and flash, there will be less lag and checkerboarding.
    03-04-13 08:30 AM
  6. Ishaq786's Avatar
    But it doesn't give the same experience without Java and Flash^
    03-04-13 08:33 AM
  7. RedxD's Avatar
    Javascript* not Java, they're completely different, sorry I had to say it lol
    03-04-13 08:40 AM
  8. Enyigma's Avatar
    I am amazed at the stability of my own PlayBook. Compared to all the other devices in the past, it is by far the most reliable. Also helpful are the forums such as CrackBerry where we can find solutions to shared problems or annoyances and improve our experience.

    In the better part of the year since have had my Playbook, I have only encountered one situation where the PlayBook froze and required the power button be held down for a power off and restart. In looking back on it, it may have been a low memory problem as I had not been conscious that the 1GB total memory limit would ever come into play. Now, I am more conscious of what I have open, check the free memory available and manage what I have running and open when getting under 200 MB free memory left and never encounter problems. I'm just a little surprised BB never went the memory caching route to use some of the 64GB storage available on my PlayBook.

    The only other reliability problem occurs if I keep my unit on and walk outside for a period of time at this time of year (well below freezing). It works just fine outside in the cold (taking pictures and videos like the picture below). When I come back in, the unit behaves very erratically and does not seem to recognise the touchscreen gestures reliably. A reboot is then required and all is well again. It could be a problem of condensation when I come in from the cold, but I don't don't see any condensation on the unit itself so I don't really know.

    I am amazed at all the hardware capabilities that have been built in including the magnetometer (only works well when I take it out of the case), the GPS function, the screen and the camera. Having the HDMI port is a bonus allowing me to hook up to an HDTV or compatible projector for an amazing show experience. The only want I have is for the USB port to allow for an external memory devices since there is no port for a memory card.

    I still don't get the "apps" credo especially when it applies to what seems like specialised browser portals for reading online newspapers, using online services or social networking websites. I world rather these be organised as bookmarks that can be properly managed, ordered and categorised through the browser. I find these items too stripped down and prefer the websites themselves. I am not a big gamer either so I don't know what games are missing other than those upset birds so the "lack of apps" does not bother me in the least. I suppose all that I think should be there that is not is a good office suite (something like OpenOffice) to make the PlayBook a truly portable computing device.

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    03-04-13 08:54 AM
  9. uncle_numpty's Avatar
    Actually - the website I have the most chequerboarding with is crackberry - which is kind of ironic - but I don't blame the PB for that.
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    03-04-13 08:57 AM
  10. katesbb's Avatar
    Now, I am more conscious of what I have open, check the free memory available and manage what I have running... I'm just a little surprised BB never went the memory caching route...
    I'm susrprised too. Now that I've experienced Android for awhile, the whole idea of manually managing memory use and closing apps seems kinda old-fashioned, especially for an OS that excels in so many other areas. I run out of memory quite often, and find that I can't launch an app or apps begin doing seriously weird things, lol. Double the memory, and I'd be fine.

    I do enjoy it though. Efficiency arguments aside, all the swiping and sliding is definately fun, and feels more enoyable and connected than clicking buttons. And aside from the rare lock up when waking (others mentioned it, it gets stuck on the password screen and won't accept input) it really hasn't required any reboots.
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    03-04-13 09:26 AM
  11. Ishaq786's Avatar
    Yes! It should have had more RAM!

    I get heavy checkerboarding on facebook.
    03-04-13 10:44 AM
  12. Enyigma's Avatar
    I remember memory management from the old DOS days and early Windows versions - high memory, extended memory and expanded memory, ways to get more oomph by cheating on the overall 1MB limit in DOS and using other available memory to swap in and out of high memory blocks or pointing to other memory locations. Later version of windows made great use of caching memory using the hard drive for more virtual memory. Life might have been slower, but it was better than hanging and freezing due to lack of free memory. I just wonder why this was never implemented for the PlayBook OS since the concept has been around for decades.
    03-04-13 12:19 PM
  13. kill_9's Avatar
    So c'mon BB get your arse in gear and support your own excellent hardware and loyal userbase and upgrade the OS allready
    I would prefer BlackBerry to keep the current user interface of BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.1 while bringing the underlying operating system up to BlackBerry OS 10 and supporting the various SDKs of the newer operating system. This will take advantage of the UI more suited to a tablet while leveraging the unified application development environment without the need to graft applications onto the other device. For example, the Remote Desktop for BlackBerry PlayBook and the Remote Desktop for BlackBerry Z10 takes advantage of the device screen size and typical orientation on each platform. I personally prefer the distinctive UI layout of each of the BlackBerry Z10 and PlayBook; no need to merge them.

    Posted via CB10 on the BlackBerry Z10
    03-04-13 01:58 PM
  14. kill_9's Avatar
    Actually - the website I have the most chequerboarding with is crackberry - which is kind of ironic - but I don't blame the PB for that.
    Buy a BlackBerry Z10 and read CrackBerry using the CB10 application.

    Posted via CB10 on the BlackBerry Z10
    03-04-13 02:01 PM
  15. uncle_numpty's Avatar
    Yes! It should have had more RAM!

    I get heavy checkerboarding on facebook.
    Hah - you modern sissies, 48k should be enough to do anything worth doing
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    03-04-13 03:21 PM
  16. uncle_numpty's Avatar
    I would prefer BlackBerry to keep the current user interface of BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.1 while bringing the underlying operating system up to BlackBerry OS 10 and supporting the various SDKs of the newer operating system. This will take advantage of the UI more suited to a tablet while leveraging the unified application development environment without the need to graft applications onto the other device. For example, the Remote Desktop for BlackBerry PlayBook and the Remote Desktop for BlackBerry Z10 takes advantage of the device screen size and typical orientation on each platform. I personally prefer the distinctive UI layout of each of the BlackBerry Z10 and PlayBook; no need to merge them.

    Posted via CB10 on the BlackBerry Z10
    Agreed, a phone ui would not suit the PB, and the current ui is pretty good. And tbh the only thing i beleive the current os needs is a fully functional USB OTG. This one simple thing would make the pb a tablet of EPIC value and raise BB's coin in the public eye.
    03-04-13 03:32 PM
  17. wxmancanada's Avatar
    Buy a BlackBerry Z10 and read CrackBerry using the CB10 application.

    Posted via CB10 on the BlackBerry Z10
    Agreed. I actually prefer the app now over the website.

    Regarding the topic - once the Z10 and PB get USB OTG - I will be leaving the laptop at home!
    03-05-13 10:23 PM
  18. FF22's Avatar
    Agreed. I actually prefer the app now over the website.

    Regarding the topic - once the Z10 and PB get USB OTG - I will be leaving the laptop at home!
    And the DATE announced for either platform to get usb otg?
    03-05-13 11:42 PM
  19. wxmancanada's Avatar
    And the DATE announced for either platform to get usb otg?
    I've been told this year - but like all things BlackBerry - that could mean December 31st.
    03-05-13 11:52 PM
  20. rotorwrench's Avatar
    Durable as well. We've been using PBs in our helicopters for a year now with no issues, but back around Thanksgiving one of our diehard Apple fanboy pilots wanted to try his iPad. He was only allowed to mount it as a secondary reference device as only the PBs are allowed on our network and BES. After four hours flight time it froze up and got all buggy. Probably just an anomaly but he couldn't get it to function, so sent it in for replacement as it was only a month old. Got the new iPad in, we mounted it and back to business. Around the 6th flight hour that iPad blinked out like the first one. The pilot was obviously pissed. Long story short, we found out the vibration was causing some component loosening and arcing. We use vibration dampened mounts and like I said, we've been running the PBs for a year now with no issues. The PBs are obviously a very durable and well made tablet.

    An even better testament to the above example is that I now have almost 2000 miles on one of my personal PBs while mounted on a dualsport motorcycle. I posted pics a while back of that set up and so far the PB has handled the miles well, pavement, dirt roads, Forest Service roads and trails. I have it in an OtterBox case that's mounted using a RAM ball base. One tough tablet.

    As for reliability, I'm in the group with almost no issues. When I got my first PB 5 months after release, I was having the slow page loading and excessive checkerboarding, but after the second update, it pretty much cleared up and only occurs on a couple of sites I visit. No crashes, great battery life, no wipes ever needed, no wifi or BT issues and no issues with multitasking. I can have several apps running in showcase and never have a hangup or freeze. I've even tried running an active movie, game and music while browsing on a few occasions (showing off for friends) with no hang up, with the mini screens so you could see all apps running together. That was with a clear cache. Try that with an iPad or Android tablet, and I mean not paused apps, but actually running active and visible on all. THAT is multitasking.
    03-06-13 11:31 AM
  21. texn884's Avatar
    Z10 in the USA, im sure NEVER, GRRRRRRRR plus sprint wont carry it so I am going to cut the fricking cord when my 9930 term is up
    03-06-13 11:31 AM
  22. rotorwrench's Avatar
    Z10 in the USA, im sure NEVER, GRRRRRRRR plus sprint wont carry it so I am going to cut the fricking cord when my 9930 term is up
    What are you talking about? Verizon already has them listed for release, with prices ($199 on contract), and will even be having the exclusive on white Z10s.
    03-06-13 11:36 AM
  23. TheScionicMan's Avatar
    Actually - the website I have the most chequerboarding with is crackberry - which is kind of ironic - but I don't blame the PB for that.
    It's not irony... It's the 12 javascripts that try to run...
    03-06-13 02:39 PM

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