I had some guests yesterday. They were both upwardly mobile young people who are familiar with the world of technology, especially computers and mobile. One

Two gentlemen get a taste of the BlackBerry PlayBook

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I had some guests yesterday. They were both upwardly mobile young people who are familiar with the world of technology, especially computers and mobile.

One of them owns an iPad 2. We shall call him Mr. Ipad. The other does not own a tablet yet but is looking at getting one. We shall call him No-tablet. Both of them own and use a BlackBerry device. While with me, they noticed the BlackBerry PlayBook lying about. No-tablet immediately picked up the PlayBook and asked about it.

I told him how the PlayBook handles web browsing like a champ. I told him about the superb audio and video playback quality. I played Omo Akin’s musical video, Ta Lo So Be, so they could have a firsthand feel.

Mr. IPad then asked if videos needed to be converted before playback. I told him that conversion wasn’t needed. All he had to do was plug the PlayBook to a PC via USB and copy all his files – video or any other for that matter. His response to this was, “Oh! The iPad is rubbish!”

I smiled and then told him the PlayBook had a few more tricks up its sleeves. By this time, he was all ears!

Before I proceeded, I mentioned that the PlayBook had one limitation in comparison to the iPad and the Android competition – a limited range of apps. Mr. Ipad promptly asked, “What apps? Can it browse, handle my email, and play music and video?”

I nodded. His reply, “Good.”

So, I proceeded to tell the gentlemen how the PlayBook uses my BlackBerry’s BIS connection for internet access over Bluetooth. Both their eyes went wide. Mr. IPad picked it up, asking, “You mean that I can browse on this thing now with your BlackBerry connection?”

I nodded and he proceeded. The experience was so sweet that he told his friend, “You need to see how sweet this thing is.”

Then, while Mr. Ipad was still doing stuff on the device, I launched Remote Connection via BlackBerry Bridge on the Curve 9320 with me and promptly began to navigate, type web addresses, visit web pages, and launch apps on the PlayBook remotely from the Curve in my hand – while the tablet was in his hands!

He was stunned, to say the least. His words, “The things you have showed me this morning are the stuff of science fiction.” I agreed.

Then he asked, “If the PlayBook is this good, why is RIM not making noise about it and hyping it?”

The ten million dollar question. I told him that one of RIM’s weaknesses has been media and publicity. Damn conservative Canadians!

By the time my guests were leaving, both of them had decided that they were getting a BlackBerry PlayBook. Yes; even Mr. Ipad. Actually, Mr. Ipad asked if I would sell mine. Hell, no!


  1. Mr Mo. Say NO more.

    I have seen tons of videos on how the playbook works and NO other tablet works like it. It is like the mixture of Ios, Android and windows mobile.

    I believe the reason why RIM has refused to advertise it massively is to avoid law suits form the “almighty patent” Apple.

    Every one that has handle a playbook has praised it wonderfully, even Ipad users, any thomas here should just google the playbook and see. Even with RIM stock falling, i intend to get a playbook soonest.

    Lmao at the comment “Ipad is rubbish” To me, Ipad is an expensive toy (I am entitled to my opinion oh).

  2. The principal reason I didn’t get a play book was because of the size. 7 inch tabs are too small for my liking.
    Apart from the limited number of apps, the play book is a great tablet.

  3. I hope RIM get to read this! aggressive publicity is the key to business success

  4. Mr MO review of PB led me to get one and I have never regret the decision. All most all Android applications apk has being converted to PB bar. I have more than hundreds applications on mine most of them free. Mine is still serving me and not for sale like that of Mr MO lol

  5. This is nothing new – I was reading one of the technology websites that the Playbook is the best underrated ” tablet out there. Add to that (and this is my personal opinion) the drop in price has led to the breakthrough for tablets for less than $250. It was one of the few quality products not at a premium price.

    Not everyone wants a tablet larger than 8″. Personally I’d still like to get one in future. But the 16GB devices won’t be around for much longer because they’re going to focus on the 32GB and 64GB where I’ve read are in greater demand.

  6. I’ve never really given the playbook much thought. And I’m not attracted to the small 7″ size. I even found the GalaxyTab 8.9″ to be small. I prefer tablets around the 10″ size.

    Sharing my phone’s BIS with the Playbook would be great. If a 10″, 32/64GB model were available, I would seriously consider it. After all, it can already run many android apps.

  7. Really didn’t give the playbook any chance. Right from the time it was introduced and strongly tied to the use of a bb. Good to know some things about it can still be attractive.
    The iPad through oplayer app can play virtually every format of video you through at it also. Been using the iPad2 for the past week and beginning to see its preference even against android tablets. The Web browsing experience is so smooth and better laid out. All apps are optimized for great viewing.

  8. Belushi,

    Right from the time it was introduced and strongly tied to the use of a bb.

    Not true. The use of the PlayBook is not tied to a BlackBerry in any way.

    Without a BlackBerry smartphone, it works exactly like any other wifi-only tablet.

    The BlackBerry Bridge features are actually an extra bonus, making it even more versatile than the competition.

  9. Seriously, I tell everybody with a BB that they should just pick up a play book. The playbook is a good tablet for the buck.

    What amuses me is that it can even connect to other phones and tablet via Bluetooth.

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