1. Cale M's Avatar
    My new Sony Xperia Z tablet showed up Saturday morning, and I've relegated my PlayBook to the status of a very fancy alarm clock. Am I happy with that?

    Well... not entirely, no. I miss PB's fantastic interface and multi-tasking. I miss its more compact size, but as most of the department is using company-issued iPads, the Xperia doesn't stand out as unusual. It does look nice sitting on the corner of my desk. I miss the Bridge, but let's face it - that went away a long time ago and is never coming back.

    Sony, on the other hand, has picked up on that concept and allows its tablets to synch to its matching phones. Nice one.

    That's about it. I don't miss the dead app market -- Sony gives me access to Google Play, Sony Select and Amazon just to get things started. Natively, not as bookmark link. I also don't miss the PlayBook's failure to communicate with WiFi. Like every other product I've had in this building, Xperia has zero problems talking to the office network.

    I also don't miss the lagging browser or the poor battery performance. Off-charger, now, for 3 1/2 hours and still registering at 100%. That's a very welcome change.

    Do I have some regrets? Yeah. I do. The PlayBook had such great promise that ultimately went unfulfilled. While Sony seems to have put together a fine interface, I'm back to a 'Home' button. There are other options that present the same general philosophy of how the PB navigated, but it just doesn't have the same brilliance.

    I still have my Z10, but I fear that sometime after September 4th, I'll eventually be replacing it with either an Xperia Z Ultra (if I can bring myself to own a 'phablet'), or the rumored Z1. Of course, there's a good chance that they'll be announcing a new tablet that will render my recently purchase obsolete, but that's the game we all play in the end.

    Sad. I loved BlackBerry and all the innovations it brought to market. But I'm also a massive Sony fan, so I feel this is more a transition than an abandonment. And who knows; perhaps BlackBerry will still make a comeback down the road with a strong partnership. I can always go back at that point. Especially if that partner happens to be Sony themselves...

    Through it all? At least I can say this; I still don't own a damn Samsung and I still don't own a damn Apple.
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    08-26-13 07:39 AM
  2. qbnkelt's Avatar
    My new Sony Xperia Z tablet showed up Saturday morning, and I've relegated my PlayBook to the status of a very fancy alarm clock. Am I happy with that?

    Well... not entirely, no. I miss PB's fantastic interface and multi-tasking. I miss its more compact size, but as most of the department is using company-issued iPads, the Xperia doesn't stand out as unusual. It does look nice sitting on the corner of my desk. I miss the Bridge, but let's face it - that went away a long time ago and is never coming back.

    Sony, on the other hand, has picked up on that concept and allows its tablets to synch to its matching phones. Nice one.

    That's about it. I don't miss the dead app market -- Sony gives me access to Google Play, Sony Select and Amazon just to get things started. Natively, not as bookmark link. I also don't miss the PlayBook's failure to communicate with WiFi. Like every other product I've had in this building, Xperia has zero problems talking to the office network.

    I also don't miss the lagging browser or the poor battery performance. Off-charger, now, for 3 1/2 hours and still registering at 100%. That's a very welcome change.

    Do I have some regrets? Yeah. I do. The PlayBook had such great promise that ultimately went unfulfilled. While Sony seems to have put together a fine interface, I'm back to a 'Home' button. There are other options that present the same general philosophy of how the PB navigated, but it just doesn't have the same brilliance.

    I still have my Z10, but I fear that sometime after September 4th, I'll eventually be replacing it with either an Xperia Z Ultra (if I can bring myself to own a 'phablet'), or the rumored Z1. Of course, there's a good chance that they'll be announcing a new tablet that will render my recently purchase obsolete, but that's the game we all play in the end.

    Sad. I loved BlackBerry and all the innovations it brought to market. But I'm also a massive Sony fan, so I feel this is more a transition than an abandonment. And who knows; perhaps BlackBerry will still make a comeback down the road with a strong partnership. I can always go back at that point. Especially if that partner happens to be Sony themselves...

    Through it all? At least I can say this; I still don't own a damn Samsung and I still don't own a damn Apple.
    Pick the phone that works for you and use it in good health.

    Best wishes!!!
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    08-26-13 07:57 AM
  3. the_igg's Avatar
    Battery still 100% after 3 and a half hours? Either you're not using it and leaving it on standby or you're exaggerating.

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    08-26-13 08:05 AM
  4. Cale M's Avatar
    Pick the phone that works for you and use it in good health.

    Best wishes!!!
    Isn't that the kicker, though? The OS that works the best for me is BB10. But the Z10 itself -- with the fact that I usually am alerted of phone calls by way of eventual voice mail notifications rather than actual ringing, the fact that it only pairs with my car's bluetooth system one out of every three attempts, the un-announced network drops which require reboots to reconnect, the battery life of a common mayfly...

    Well. Like I said. I hope BBRY makes a comeback. I hope they find a worthy partner and remember their roots. I hope they once again produce things like calendars which can contain conference call entries that automatically connect when the call is due. Brilliant business solutions, that's the company I know.

    I'm stepping away for now, you glorious bastards. But know that I'll always come back when you're ready.
    08-26-13 08:13 AM
  5. Cale M's Avatar
    Battery still 100% after 3 and a half hours? Either you're not using it and leaving it on standby or you're exaggerating.

    Posted via CB10
    Not exaggerating. While I haven't been hammering on it all morning, I did manage some minor browsing and offline reading. Checked forecasts... made use of TV SideView and put it through some WiFi testing. I do have it on STAMINA mode, but that's very close to how I treat the PlayBook every morning up to this point.

    And it just now hit 99%.
    08-26-13 08:19 AM
  6. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Isn't that the kicker, though? The OS that works the best for me is BB10. But the Z10 itself -- with the fact that I usually am alerted of phone calls by way of eventual voice mail notifications rather than actual ringing, the fact that it only pairs with my car's bluetooth system one out of every three attempts, the un-announced network drops which require reboots to reconnect, the battery life of a common mayfly...

    Well. Like I said. I hope BBRY makes a comeback. I hope they find a worthy partner and remember their roots. I hope they once again produce things like calendars which can contain conference call entries that automatically connect when the call is due. Brilliant business solutions, that's the company I know.

    I'm stepping away for now, you glorious bastards. But know that I'll always come back when you're ready.
    Now you made me think of Inglorious Basterds and I'll have to have a dose of George Clooney goodness....

    The upgrades are coming in with new functionalities. I hope it will be what you need soon and that you find it a compelling solution again.
    08-26-13 08:48 AM

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