Actually, that headline is somewhat incorrect. I was already sold on the Playbook when I saw demonstrations of the device at the Mobile World Congress back in February 2012. On full display at this event, it was hard to avoid it given Blackberry had one of the largest event displays at the conference.
Since purchasing the device, I have found myself using the Playbook far more often than my iPad (Gen 1) in many areas. I just find the tablet far more portable and far more useful than the badly built Kindle Keyboard that died a mere week out of warranty. Even more surprising is how well built the Playbook really is. This is some solid-state technology at its best! Nothing feels like garbage and it simply can’t compare to some of the crappy Android “tablets” out on the market.
Market perception that the Playbook isn’t a “premium” device is short-sighted thanks to biased media and simplistic assumptions of what makes a device good - sure, apps are far more bountiful through Apple’s AppStore, Google Play or Amazon AppStore. But, more doesn’t mean better. Every ecosystem has its weaknesses — this includes Apple, Android and Microsoft.
Which brings me to this point. If we ignore the tribal chatter of “my computer is better than yours” (nothing has changed since the Apple IIe vs. Commodore 64 days sadly :-)), and you focus on the really important stuff, the Playbook really stands out. I actually prefer the Playbook OS 2.0 experience to Android. Further, I believe there’s more than enough room globally to support a third and fourth ecosystem. I could be wrong but I don’t see people complaining about Windows Phone or even the Playbook OS (minus the absence of a similar O/S experience on BB devices - it’s coming!). Even after doing some basic tests of Windows Phone 7 on my mom’s Nokia handset, I found it to be a likeable OS and U/X experience.
Also, the actual motion within Playbook 2.0 is “so fluid” (the scrolling), it’s simply beautiful. When I would draw comparisons between iOS and Android, it was easy for me to suggest that this simple “feature” was better on iOS. Now, when I compare Playbook 2.0 and iOS, I can almost say without a doubt, the Playbook 2.0 O/S is visually more appealing than iOS. Hands down. It’s that good.
Playbook’s app ecosystem is growing. I found a good bounty of “anchor brand” apps to keep the restless user happy. I spent a bit of time over the weekend rewarding good app developers with actual purchases in several categories ranging from games, to productivity, to content-specific apps. There’s even a large assortment of mid-tier apps made by smaller developers that does a great job in keeping the ecosystem vibrant. In fact, it’s this part of the ecosystem which reminds me of the old days when Apple’s MacOS (before Steve Jobs 2) had more quality “shareware” than a lot of the crappy “commercial” software found on the WinTel platform. The mid-tier developer community really kept Apple alive during the lean, dark and difficult years.
It is unfortunate that folks like Netflix have opted to NOT support the Playbook. My view on that is simple. It’s politically motivated. Especially, when you consider how deeply embedded Netflix is within Apple’s ecosystem since the TV “app” is included with the AppleTV out of box. It’s sad that they feel they need to play that game because the Playbook’s capability cannot be questioned. The video playback is amazing and so is the speed. To be fair, both the Playbook and iPad don’t choke on their own own O/S but of late, with each new iOS upgrade, I have noticed the iPad stuttering to keep up which is probably an indication that I need to do a full, clean iOS install or the chip itself is at the heart of that issue.
There’s no doubt that BB10 (and yes, I BB10Believe) will be a strongly co-ordinated launch to release powerful touch-based and qwerty-based consumer/enterprise devices with a huge bounty of apps. I do believe the new devices will surprise the skeptical media if they’re honest to themselves about balanced reporting.
I am ashamed that a lot of the Canadian media properties have had to be coerced into supporting the Playbook even as the tablet ranks second to the iPad in the Canadian market. Yes, some of this was due to heavy price cutting but that’s beside the point. I’d think differently (ha ha) if the tablet itself was of sub-standard quality. I would say the same if the O/S was terrible. But the Playbook has an amazing O/S and it is solidly built!
Hey, this is the way I see it. If leading media properties like the Economist and the Globe and Mail can put their efforts forward to create a quality Playbook app, surely they must know something the other media properties don’t. I am actually quite impressed by the Techvibes Playbook app which was designed/built by Polar Mobile. Functional, slick and fun to use. So what are the rest of you waiting for?
- New BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 Update Now Available: 3 Reasons to Download (blogs.blackberry.com)
- Unlike Samsung, RIM can claim originality (bbgeeks.com)
- Porting your iOS game to Blackberry Playbook (and future BB10 phones) (altdevblogaday.com)
- Blackberry Playbook to be used in trial program by UK police forces (ubergizmo.com)
- BlackBerry 10 needs more than Flow for RIM to swim (zdnet.com)
Regrets about #iOS6 on my #iPhone #3GS.
It’s slow. I can’t get to my purchased screen in AppStore to see which apps are not installed on my iPhone via cloud sync. Just feels too slow.
I can appreciate Apple wanting to cater to the large installed 3GS base but this isn’t right. Better to cut things out. Heck, I have an iPad 1 so already am cut out.
See attached screen error. Never seen this in AppStore ever. Another screen said I had a “WebObjects” error.
MacDaddy’s here. :D
[LOL] Welcome. Shoot me. I am just as bad as the news media (CNN!) for using crazy headlines that have NOTHING to do with the article. Well, this one is somewhat related. However, it’s not Tim Cook’s fault. I like Tim Cook. Even E.T. likes Tim Cook. He isn’t trying to hospitalize me. Only the software is.
This is another “What Would Alex Bosika Do?” segment. :-)
- Screens: 9 maximum
- Folders: 140 maximum
- Apps per Folder: 12 maximum
- Total Apps on iPhone: 2160 apps
- Screens: 9 maximum
- Folders: 220 maximum
- Apps per Folder: 20 maximum
- Total Apps for iPad: 4400 apps
With the introduction of iOS4, Apple introduced FOLDERS. Folders allows extremely organized people to sort apps to their own drum beat. That said, a few interesting things happen if you don’t organize yourself early.
- If you exceed 9 screens with individual apps, any other apps are only accessible with iOS (Spotlight?) search - which is terribly inaccurate at times
- Sorting many individualized apps into folders can lead to quiet desperation, intense hospitalization or seizure and strokes (OK, I am kidding. Don’t sue me Apple!) That said, the sorting process can be quite painful
- There is no iTunes desktop client sorting feature that I am aware which could help you sort you apps into folders more easily and more quickly than using gestures on the iPhone
- Surprisingly (I am pretty sure of this), Apple has not implemented some kind of magic sort that scans your entire iPhone device and by default sorts by genre/category, file size or alphabetical order into folders auto-magically
This sounds like a lot of work for a company that popularized the APP ecosystem and is generally considered logical when it comes to the gracefulness of their technology and software.
Think about us app-aholics!
Before you know it, they’ll put me on Shutter Island or worse the Hoarders reality television program! Look at me, I’m a mess. :-) At 554 apps and counting, I’m in need of another hit. Help me organize my app life.
- Apple launches dedicated Podcasts app for iPhone, iPad (ipodnn.com)
- Apple’s AirPlay is the Future of TV (ivannelson.com)
- Android Getting Crushed By iOS In App Retention (appadvice.com)
- Apple could face ban on U.S. imports of iPhone and iPad (intomobile.com)
- Apple Keynote: Tim Cook Unveils iOS 6 and More [LIVE BLOG] (mashable.com)
- Tim Cook at D10 (macstories.net)
- Facebook for iOS due for a big speed update (imore.com)
- How Apple Is Going To Resurrect And Revolutionize Podcasts In iOS 6 (cultofmac.com)
- iOS Apps Retain Way More Users Than Android Apps (cultofmac.com)
- Why the Next iPhone Won’t Be 16:9 (gizmodo.com)