After my poor experiences with a Kindle Keyboard (just barely made it past one year of service operation with nominal use and the device screen went half-screen of death - boo), I opted to go with a Playbook as the form factor serves its purpose for commutes and true portability.
I have no concerns about the quality of this device since I’ve used the O/S and apps in the past. Yes, we are a mere week away from a rumoured iPad mini launch. If we are to assume some of the prices are “true” for the Mini, they’re richer than Android tablets and cheaper than the upcoming Windows surface tablets.
I do look forward to some Android side-loading to see how that works. I believe Amazon has not created a Playbook-specific Kindle app but am told you can side-load the Android version. There is the cloud-reader browser-based version which allows for offline caching (at least, on the iPad).
Either way, the Playbook will be useful. Looking forward to the BB10 Blackberry devices in Q1, 2013.
- iPad Mini Pricing Framed In Light Of Apple’s Dedication To Margins (techcrunch.com)
- RIM Rolls PlayBook 2.1 Update, Improves BlackBerry Bridge, Data Security, And Android App Support (techcrunch.com)
- New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Update Now Available: 3 Reasons to Download (blogs.blackberry.com)
- 7-inch showdown: Google Nexus 7 vs. BlackBerry PlayBook - Calgary Herald (calgaryherald.com)
- How low can you go: 32GB Wi-Fi PlayBook dropping to $118 outright (mobilesyrup.com)
- BlackBerry PlayBook: Pre-Order, Pricing, Availability Dates (Oh My!) (bizblog.blackberry.com)
- PlayBook No Longer Available on Major Retailers’ Websites (tomshardware.com)