Tag Archive for ‘PlayBook’

RIM’s New PlayBook Promo ➝

Speaking of $300 tablets, RIM has slashed prices on every available model of their BlackBerry PlayBook to $299. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

(Via TechCrunch.)

RIM Recalls Nearly 1,000 Faulty BlackBerry PlayBooks ➝

Sean Hollister reporting for Engadget:

We found the BlackBerry PlayBook to be a pretty solid piece of hardware, but it seems there was a problem batch — an inside source tells us that nearly 1,000 faulty tablets were shipped to Staples, and now they’re being recalled.

A RIM spokesman has told CrackBerry that the reason for a recall is that some BlackBerry PlayBooks sold were “unable to properly load software upon initial set-up.”

Joshua Topolsky Reviews the BlackBerry PlayBack ➝

The OS is still buggy and somewhat touchy. Third-party apps are a desert right now, if not in number, then certainly in quality. The lack of native email and calendar support hurts. The worst part, however, is that I can’t think of a single reason to recommend this tablet over the iPad 2, or for that matter… the Xoom. And that’s what it really boils down to here; what is the compelling feature that will make buyers choose the PlayBook over something else?

Maybe products like this contributed to RIM’s co-CEO Mike Lazaridis deciding to call a halt to his recent BBC interview.

BlackBerry PlayBook to Ship April 19 ➝

Wi-Fi-only model pricing has been announced as well. The 16GB model will cost $499, 32GB for $599, and 64GB for $699 — the same pricing as the iPad 2.

I still don’t understand why anyone would buy the PlayBook instead of the iPad. Even though RIM managed to match Apple’s pricing, the 7-inch PlayBook is still competing against a 10-inch iPad 2.

RIM’s PlayBook Unlikely to Ship Before March ➝

Nancy Gohring:

Research In Motion may have high hopes for its PlayBook tablet but it looks like the device will not go on sale until the end of the first quarter, according to comments from executives during RIM’s earnings call Thursday.

RIM’s not just behind in the smartphone market anymore.

BGR Snags hands-On Demo with PlayBook ➝

Boy Genius Report’s Jonathan Geller managed to get some time with a BlackBerry PlayBook and recorded a 10 minute hands-on demo of the device.

From the video’s description on YouTube:

Check out our exclusive up close and personal demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with RIM’s Julian Dolce, Platform Lead of the QNX team.

It’s actually a great looking device with smooth scrolling and a slick interface. I love how they shamelessly stole webOS-style cards and swiping from the bottom bezel to “minimize” an application. But, swiping from the top bezel is a terrible idea.

Swiping from the bezel works in webOS because there are only a couple of commands. But, there are just too many on the PlayBook. How are users supposed to know that they exist? The example from the video was in the camera application where you can swipe down from the top bezel and a menu bar will appear that allows you to change the aspect ratio, go to the camera roll, or change to different scene modes. But there is no on-screen indication that this menu bar exists. There are APIs that will allow developers to add this menu bar to their applications but it isn’t required. So unless the developer decides to tell you that it exists, users will just be randomly swiping to figure out whether or not the command exists.

But, it’s not just the top and bottom bezel that’s touch-sensative, all of them are. And if RIM allows developers API access to all of them, developers will either have to use on-screen indicators telling users about these commands or simply hope that the user is willing to spend a few minutes with each application randomly swiping the bezel trying to find new features. I’m not too keen on touch-sensative bezels. If it’s not important enough for a dedicated button and doesn’t warrant a place in the on-screen user interface, then it probably doesn’t need to be there at all.

BlackBerry PlayBook ➝

Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky reports from RIM’s BlackBerry Developer Conference where CEO Mike Lazaridis announced the BlackBerry PlayBook. The new tablet has a 7-inch 1024×600 touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and runs the QNX OS that RIM acquired earlier this year.

Lazaridis was joined on stage by the company’s founder, Dan Dodge, who said that “QNX is going to enable things that you have never seen before,” and added that the PlayBook would be “an incredible gaming platform for publishers and the players.” RIM also touted the PlayBook’s ability to handle Flash content via Flash 10.1, as well as Adobe AIR apps.

The PlayBook features dual-facing cameras, one 3-megapixel and one 5-megapixel and is capable of  1080p video playback which it can output through it’s built-in HDMI port.

The PlayBook integrates nicely with BlackBerry handsets allowing you to tethering the tablet for 3G connectivity and use the PlayBook as a viewing device for content on your handset.

The PlayBook’s user interface looks quite interesting, it’s like a mashup of webOS, BlackBerry OS, and iOS. Although, there isn’t a whole lot to say about the PlayBook’s interface at this point because no one has used it outside of RIM. The PlayBook isn’t shipping until early 2011 but no actual device was demoed on stage and no one was allowed to use one at the press event. Justice Gödel Conder put it best when he wrote the following:

There is not a single frame in the BlackBerry PlayBook commercial that shows the actual device! The only thing being seen in the commercial is CG special effects. Don’t believe me? Watch the ad again. Sure, those special effects are amazingly fast and responsive and cool but where is the device?

So until I can watch a video of someone using an actual piece of hardware, this thing is as good as vaporware.