Quick Hands On: Blackberry Playbook

We were in an Office Depot yesterday to drop off some packages to be mailed  when I happened to see a display for the Blackberry Playbook. I had seen many online reviews for the tablet but hadn’t actually seen one in the wild yet. We took the opportunity to go check it out and play with it for a bit to see what it had to offer. The consensus was “nothing too special here”.The size and feel of the device was very solid, but after getting past that, it kind of fell apart. We found the UI to not be very intuitive or discoverable. After figuring it out, however, the UI did offer some nice visuals.

After that, it was time to find out what kind of applications this thing had to offer. This was a source of disappointment. It seemed like every time I launched an app, Twitter, Facebook, and so on, it was simply just launching the browser and taking me to the website of those services.. I would assume there are third party applications in their catalog that are native code, this demo unit just wasn’t loaded with any.

Finally the price. At $499, $599, and $699, I am not really sure you are getting your moneys worth. If you are a die hard blackberry user and this thing integrates with that experience for you well, then great, otherwise I would say hold off.

Blackberry Pearl (8100) [red]

haha, what do you know, I am using a blackberry again! Who would of though 🙂 The reason for this switch on my business phone is the fact that the phone I was using before (Nokia N75) didn’t sync directly with entourage, it did it by synching entourage with iCal then syncing to the phone. This worked ok going from mac to phone, but the other way around it sucked. So with the addition of the new Pocketmac 4.0.20b that actually works with the new Blackberry 4.2 OS, i am back to blackberry for work….for now…..+The call quality on this phone is really good.+ The size of the phone is good also.

– I still completely hate the pearl keyboard, full keyboard is really the way to go.

Not sure about battery life yet……

[rating:2.5]

Blackberry Project complete

As some of you may or may not know my current cell phone (for this week) is the Blackberry 8700c. Yes I am back to the blackberry. I decided I wanted to fully use this device so I set out to create my own Microsoft Exchange Server and Backberry Enterprise Server. Well Today I did that and now its done! And I must say I LOVE IT. My email rocks now! I hate POP3 so I used IMAP for a while, but IMAP really just wasnt cuting it either so thats why I did all this. Try it out….you will like it!