First off, I want to say that I don’t pay any allegiance to any particular platform. I am not an “Apple Snob” nor do I drink “Cool-aid”, at least with regards to technology. What I am is a Director of IT that picks platforms based on several criteria that are set by the project such as: budget, compatibility, cost including training, application availability, hardware availability, support costs and longevity.
That being said, I have pulled my Playbook of the shelf and installed the new OS2 to see if it now becomes a useful tool for me. At first glance, I thought it was just the same old OS with a new colour scheme, but after using it for a week I realized I was completely wrong.
The user interface has a much faster response and although the touch screen is still a little quirky in that it doesn’t always detect a finger swipe or a button push. There are far more applications than before and many of which I find useful. I won’t mentions specific apps as I’m not here to endorse any particular one but I will say that I use an expense tracking app, a gas mileage app, a couple of bank apps and several social media apps. I find them just as robust and useful as on other platforms and some I even prefer on the Playbook over my iPad and Windows 7 tablets.
One of the nicest features I believe is the seamless integration with the Blackberry. Although I switched to an Android device last week to test the platform as an alternative, after a week of use I will be going back to my Blackberry Bold 9900.
I always liked the Bridge feature between the Playbook and my Blackberry, however I found it inconvenient that my BB had to be within Blue Tooth range in order for me to read my email or check my calendar. That is now a thing of the past and all the better for it.
One of the features I have not been able to test yet the using my BB as a remote control for the Playbook simply because I am using an Android Smartphone at the moment. Come Monday though I will be switching back to my tried and true BB and will update this Blog after a thorough test.
My final judgement at this point is that the Playbook is a superior business tablet but now they have become a competitor in the consumer device market as well. I will be shelving my iPad for a while so that I can give the Playbook a proper test and the attention that it deserves.
About the author: Darren Lenick is the owner of Magen Services Holdings, LLC located in Orlando, FL. Before becoming a house flipper, he worked for over 25 years in the IT Industry.