I have had a PlayBook in the house for a short while and have been putting it through its paces. I have updated it to the latest OS version 2.0.0358 and find it a very rock stable tablet. Plus, all the initial ommissions have been put in – email client being the most prominent.
Blackberry Bridge lets you connect your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Once you have installed the Bridge app on your BlackBerry smartphone and set the connection up, you can:
1. browse on the PlayBook’s built-in browser using your blackberry smartphone’s subscription (no other costs); downloads also supported using your smartphone’s BIS
2. access your Blackberry smartphone’s file system
3. access your Blackberry smartphone’s email, calendars, BlackBerry Messenger
4. use your Blackberry smartphone as a wireless remote control for your tablet
5. load web pages on your PlayBook’s web browser right from your smartphone’s web browser
The Bridge feature is so nifty and useful. For those who have been wishing that they could use their Blackberry internet subscription on a larger screen, BlackBerry bridge makes that dream a reality. The Bridge can be setup such that anytime both devices are within range and have Bluetooth on, a connection is automatically established.
For one, with my Etisalat BIS subscription, I am able to use email, synchronise contacts and calendars, browse use internet-connected apps, and browse the internet on the PlayBook.
Another example: I do almost all my tweeting on my BlackBerry because the hardware keyboard makes typing easier for me. Very often, i would see a link of interest and click on it, but when it loads, its a one of those stone age websites that are not optimised for mobile. All I do is click the Menu button and select “View on PlayBook”. That webpage is immediately loaded on the larger display of the PlayBook for my viewing pleasure.
In earlier iteration of the PlayBook OS, there was a separate Bridge browser. That is history. Bridge now uses the built-in web browser and works spectacularly well.
Another beauty of the Bridge connection is the fact that it runs on Bluetooth and not Wifi. I often have an active Bridge connection for over five (5) unbroken hours without either device running out of juice. Also, if you have a good BIS service, as i have enjoyed till date, keeping your Blackberry on 2G (GPRS/EDGE) delivers stable and smooth web browsing on the PlayBook. As a matter of fact, except when downloading heavy files, my 9810 is permanently set to run on 2G.
I am also able to use my smartphone as a remote control to navigate, scroll, select and move items on the PlayBook. Personally, I haven’t found much use for this feature yet, but it works anyway.
Blackberry Bridge makes the PlayBook an indispensable companion to a modern BlackBerry smartphone. I will be writing a review of the PlayBook later as soon as I am done with PlirisBlaze, so hang around, all you BlackBerry lovers.