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OK, BlackBerry PlayBook time. Please read.

The BlackBerry booth was one of the last booths we visited simply because everyone wanted to play with the ‘Book. In that hall, the only other show stopper was the HP webOS demo but nobody could touch anything. On the other hand, RIM had so many PlayBook units available for demo but because of the overflow of geeks, we only got our hands on the units after a bit of waiting.

So is it good? Well OK, the multi-tasking features is spot on. You move your finger down the center of the device to enlarge the current window, slide it up to unveil Window mode with all the other apps. It pretty much does what it is supposed to do. Does it stand up against the competition we saw here? Well, if BlackBerry can find a way to leverage what they have with their smartphones (i.e. share the ecosystem with their line of phones) then they may have something going. There’s an article about how BlackBerry may be able to run Android apps in the future. Well guess what, remember the WAC initiative we talked about? That could be it.

P.S. Check this out dude. Research in Motion is part of the WAC initiative. That means we might be seeing a PlayBook Netphone. Wow. (HAHA, psyched na ba??)

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

8 replies on “OK, BlackBerry PlayBook time. Please read.”

Problem with the playbook is it is very dependent with a blackberry phone. You need to have a blackberry phone and tether with it so you will be able to net browse via BIS or receive your e-mails in your playbook. I think this is one big disadvantage for the playbook.

@messie so dapat pla my Blackberry phone kpa dapat para mka internet??ang dependent naman ng playb00k,hehe

Chka malayo ikumpara ang knyang sm00thness na laggy c0mpared to iPads and Androids.

If the Playbook needs to be tethered, what is its advantage over the ipad 3g then? Yes, I also find it weird that it has to be dependent on another device to enjoy BIS. And I’m a BB user ha…

You can use wi-fi, but you will have to tether with your BB phone if you want to browse without wi-fi. Though this was the case with the previews for the playbook, I hope they changed their mind and integrated 3g with it. But I am quite sure about the e-mail receiving though. I think the playbook cannot connect to BIS without connecting it to your BB phone.

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