It's a handy toy, but the only major flop is that you have to wifi it during initial setup before you can even play with the Playbook. So don't do a security swipe unless you absolutely have to.
Re having phone app/function on playbook: Yes! Why not?! I am surprised that neither Apple nor BB have make their tablets also phones. Consolidation is evolution. It offers "choice" and convenience.
I would still buy a bb phone AND a playbook as I have different requirements at different times of my day as executive.
No doubt the deviceis having a high end hardware.... What actually lacking is the appropriate apps. Though there are many apps but a few are there for playbook...
And the one which is there is very costly. As far as sideloading is concerned converting android app to blackberry app is not that easy... Overall 5/10
farscape1, 23 Sep 2012Just bought this device 64gb model £129 from pc world this is a good piece of kit. Bough... moreHonestly, the high prices Apple products bear has been the major turn off for me over the years. I expect my own 64GB Playbook to be delivered from the UK sometime this week and boy, I'm surely gonna put that baby to work.
Anonymous, 05 Oct 2012If you want to make a phone call with your playbook there is an app called comwave ephone. It'... moreReally interested in what u said re phone app for PlayBook. I need a tablet to type press releases at conferences and surf net etc... but I don't want to carry another mobile also. My co all BB, not Apple FYI!
So would this work as a 'work' fon pls?
On my fifth attempt at installing PB update 2.1 I am slightly disillusioned that it is not as slick as Apple's updates. OTA updates failed (2 times) so I resorted the BB Desktop Manager but this method has failed a couple of times too and I have resorted to by baby sitting the installation watching it like a hawk and voila it's failed again!! Any interruption with something simple like the screen sleeping makes the installation fail saying it was been interrupted!!
I highly rate PB as a device but this update has been frought with difficulty and its beginning to try my patience not with starting Gigs of data download for nothing as it fails? Other updates have been successful so I'm disappointed this one has been so tetchy. Any ideas?
I just traded a Nexus 7 for a 64 GB Playbook. I was apprehensive at first, as the Nexus 7 is a Quad Core, Jellybean-running beast, but maxed out at 16GB. I wanted something I could put a ton of movies, shows and music on, and still have room left over for apps. Once the trade was made, I was NOT DISSAPOINTED! The playbook does everything that I need, and a large chunk of the apps I used on Android, I was able to get running through the Android "player" via side-load (which is NOT as difficult as most people make it out to be). For anyone looking for a useful tablet, versus the "next big thing", or "flashy, show off device", this is the device for you. Just do a Google, Bing, or whatever search engine you use, search, and you'll see that the potential of a Playbook, even after being on the market for well over a year, still seems to outweigh that of the Android and iPad, from a stability perspective.
Sam, 21 Sep 2012Playbook battery back up is given as 10 hours of talk time. whould anybody suggest me on using... moreIf you want to make a phone call with your playbook there is an app called comwave ephone. It's free in the app world works great! The only thing is when you set up account they ask you to choose a city and okc wasn't listed. I had to choose dallas tex. And they gave me a dallas phone number. But it still works to make any calls across the us free
RIM has finally released BlackBerry PlayBook OS 22.214.171.1242. This update, which is available for the Wi-Fi only BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, offers a range of new capabilities and security features for consumers, enterprises and developers.
With PlayBook OS 2.1, customers will now have the ability to:
Secure all data on the tablet; the enterprise-grade encryption can now be extended to secure personal data stored on the device
Text via SMS using the new version of BlackBerry Bridge (version 2.1) customers can send a text from their PlayBook through their BlackBerry smartphone; the new version of Bridge is available on BlackBerry App World
Use the Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps in Portrait mode;
“Print” documents from a PC to a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the Print To Go app even if the PC and tablet are connected to different networks;
Additionally, PlayBook OS 2.1 offers new features that simplify the deployment of the tablets in the enterprise with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. These include over-the-air enrollment to the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion server, support for ActiveSync certificate-based authentication, and additional IT Policy controls
For developers (and consumers), the In–App Payment system now extends to Android applications.
The update is now available as a free over-the-air download. Customers will automatically get a notification of the update on their PlayBook, or they can tap the gear icon (in top right corner) and check for the new version under “Software Updates”.
Alright folks, I've had this tablet for some time now even through two OS updates. The real game changer was when the 2.0 release was pushed to market adding all of the missing elements that made the PlayBook "complete" if you didn't carry a BlackBerry smartphone.
The original model which I own is now feeling a bit long in the tooth but still remains to be my favorite PIM device. It does have some interesting amount of horsepower under the hood for such a small tablet. Media features were well thought out when you notice the forward facing stereo speakers. That's only half of it, recording video with the stereo microphones with full 1080p video is amazing and I have been rather impressed.
There are a couple of issues which do bother me despite the increased backing of this platform and it's branding. The PlayBook goes largely ignored due to it mainly being a BlackBerry product alone with RIM taking a beating in PR and more people wanting the iPad or other device mainly because of the BlackBerry brand itself.
It's a beast under the hood as said before and newer models with faster processors and LTE network connectivity.
The major problem remains with app support. It has gotten better in the last six months or so but still no official Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Google Maps, and many other staples that the PlayBook is sorely missing.
Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel if RIM makes BlackBerry 10 really shine.
For basic browsing on the web, the PlayBook is great with full HTML 5 support and Flash as well. A large 64GB model can be found rather cheaply in comparison to other tablets in the 7" class and up.
It's no iPad, but if simple web browsing and email is your cup of tea, you have a real bargain here with great build quality and a nice user experience.
its really affordable price meets great performance. For add information, its works internet browser via wifi and bluetooth tethering, you can use smart phone with remote sim access bluetooth profile as internet router. I use nokia e90 as bluetooth router and its work well.
poor camera with errors after upgrade, poor quality charger...with a bb phone its useless with a wifi...
Please run away from this piece of bullshit..it will ask you for an upgrade and after, the camera will display an error message that cant be corrected. The charger will definately go bad...and you wont get a good replacement charger for it..Blackberry appears not to have a solution to this camera issue..i have checked lots of sites...even did a security wipe...no solution...am even looking for someone to buy it for half the price, i cant one...pls runaway for your life...
himan43, 27 Sep 2012I'm planning to buy a playbook,however after blackbery slashed its price I'm a little bit worr... moreI just got a PlayBook like last week, it's amazing. Great build and everything. Only downside is the lack of apps and games compared to Android and iOS.
I'm planning to buy a playbook,however after blackbery slashed its price I'm a little bit worried about the quality of recently made playbooks.can some of the recent buyers tell me about the quality of camera,screen,build etc..should I go with nexus 7 or playbook????
You cannot bay anything better for £129 64 gb.
One of the best t9 I have ever been used (English language)
Poor choice of apps (Skype and good sat nav needed,some app to expensive )
No usb host
No card reader
Camera without flash
Overall for that price I would recommend to everyone.
Thinking of buying this product but not sure if you get bbm (a needdddddd) on there ...some help???