09-09-17 06:11 PM
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  1. headstar007's Avatar
    I understand that the playbooks bootloader is tight. But if you where to delete every thing on the play books hard drive including the bootloader somehow. Couldn't you install android. Couldn't you redo the boot loader. On the basic level it's just a computer. And any computer can have anything installed no matter how locked they are. Opinions?
    09-07-17 04:00 PM
  2. Dunt Dunt Dunt's Avatar
    Yes it's pretty much same hardware....

    That said the "somehow" deleting the bootloader has been tried and tried. It's a security feature, and other than an early version that a vulnerability was found in, no one has been able to defeat the security (that we know of) on the bootloader since those early days.
    09-07-17 04:26 PM
  3. conite's Avatar
    It's over 6 years old. Why would anyone care? A new $50 tablet would blow the doors off it.
    09-07-17 04:35 PM
  4. headstar007's Avatar
    the BlackBerry playbook has better screens then 50 Dollar tablets. the screen also ain't plastic. It's also thinner then 50 Dollar tablets. And made out of premium matirels. plus it's camera is way better then 50 Dollar tablets. And I believe it's gpu is also a bit faster then 50 Dollar tablets.
    09-07-17 04:46 PM
  5. headstar007's Avatar
    the BlackBerry playbook was highly specced tablet back in 2011. It still holds up to some devices today.
    09-07-17 04:47 PM
  6. johnny_bravo72's Avatar
    Sadly, current $50 tablets would be much more functional and useful than a 6 year old, EOL Playbook.
    09-07-17 05:00 PM
  7. headstar007's Avatar
    true. but if someone can unlock the bootloader and Android gets installed it will be more functional.
    09-07-17 05:02 PM
  8. brookie229's Avatar
    if someone can unlock the bootloader
    Go for it! Good Luck
    09-07-17 05:31 PM
  9. conite's Avatar
    true. but if someone can unlock the bootloader and Android gets installed it will be more functional.
    Amazon Fire 7 2017
    $49.99
    8GB storage with microSD
    1024x600
    Lollipop
    USB OTG
    295g / 9.6mm thick

    PlayBook 2011
    16GB with no SD
    1024x600
    No USB OTG
    425g / 10mm thick
    09-07-17 05:33 PM
  10. brookie229's Avatar
    16GB with no SD
    Mine is 64GB still with no SD
    *but we get the point!
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    09-07-17 05:37 PM
  11. conite's Avatar
    Mine is 64GB still with no SD
    *but we get the point!
    My example was under $50. Go to $60 and you can get a refurb Tab 4.
    09-07-17 05:39 PM
  12. app_Developer's Avatar
    BlackBerry is very proud of their secure bootloader. It seems very unlikely anyone could bypass it.
    09-07-17 05:44 PM
  13. bb10adopter111's Avatar
    Enjoy the PlayBook for what it does well, which is audio/video. I download media (primarily MOOC lectures and podcasts) to it for my two hour daily transit commute, and it's awesome.

    If you want a general purpose tablet, move along.

    Posted with my trusty Z10
    09-07-17 05:51 PM
  14. headstar007's Avatar
    the BlackBerry playbook has a front camera. And the screen is a really good ips panel.
    09-07-17 06:00 PM
  15. headstar007's Avatar
    as in for colour accuracy.
    09-07-17 06:00 PM
  16. headstar007's Avatar
    also Amazon is not selling the new fire tablet in many places including canada.
    09-07-17 06:01 PM
  17. bb10adopter111's Avatar
    Agreed that the video quality of the PlayBook Is much better than the Amazon Fire. Really no comparison at all other than the pixel resolution.

    Just don't ask it to run modern apps, and enjoy it.


    Posted with my trusty Z10
    09-07-17 06:05 PM
  18. headstar007's Avatar
    is any one trying to crack the playbooks bootloader?
    09-07-17 09:19 PM
  19. bb10adopter111's Avatar
    is any one trying to crack the playbooks bootloader?
    The question is, would it boot if you did, or does it have the same HW root of trust as BlackBerry phones? I honestly don't know.

    Posted with my trusty Z10
    09-07-17 09:35 PM
  20. mh1983's Avatar
    There was that crazy duck guy from years ago who tried to do some sort of hardware override.

    If there was a true way to root, we would've heard about it by now.

    Posted via CB10
    09-07-17 10:24 PM
  21. Bla1ze's Avatar
    is any one trying to crack the playbooks bootloader?
    Someone already has, they just haven't shared it here because it's a 6-year-old tablet that mostly no one cares about, it's not an easy process, and BlackBerry was incredibly rude to them in the past lol.
    09-07-17 10:36 PM
  22. Ken Kline's Avatar
    Maybe mostly, but some of us care. My 32gb 4G LTE + my 64gb are of more use to me now than when they came out. When I use the 4G LTE with AC power from the Rapid Charger + my 50 meg. internet from Bell Sympatico, because of the 50% faster processor mine flies even with the stock browser. I love the cameras, speakers, multi-tasking, screen, bluetooth KB, speaker. There is nothing that I want to accomplish on a tablet that my PB's can't perform. My 32gb even boots up in 1.25 minutes + for as cheaply as you can get them, there is no better value.
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    09-08-17 07:17 AM
  23. bb10adopter111's Avatar
    Maybe mostly, but some of us care. My 32gb 4G LTE + my 64gb are of more use to me now than when they came out. When I use the 4G LTE with AC power from the Rapid Charger + my 50 meg. internet from Bell Sympatico, because of the 50% faster processor mine flies even with the stock browser. I love the cameras, speakers, multi-tasking, screen, bluetooth KB, speaker. There is nothing that I want to accomplish on a tablet that my PB's can't perform. My 32gb even boots up in 1.25 minutes + for as cheaply as you can get them, there is no better value.
    It's all about expectations and use cases. Totally agree it's a helluva value for lots of useful functions. I recently won a brand new 128GB iPad in a contest, but it sits on my desk at home, because the iOS apps are no better for watching videos, listen to music, and reading PDFs, which is what I carry a tablet for.

    I'm not saying that the PlayBook Is "better than the new iPad, but it is the device I prefer to use for my daily 3-4 hours of transit and in-between time.

    Posted with my trusty Z10
    09-08-17 08:03 AM
  24. headstar007's Avatar
    If anyone cracked it why wouldn't they post how somewhere. they would get alot of recognition. And people would be very greatful. why do the work to crack it without putting it somewhere on the internet.
    09-08-17 11:52 AM
  25. headstar007's Avatar
    the playbook has no music store anymore no streaming services besides deezer which seems to loose support soon. no social media apps besides Facebook and Facebook doesn't load images for me atleast. and crashes when you try to send pms to others. if it got Android it would have access to all the apps from Google play. It would be very useful again.
    09-08-17 11:54 AM
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