Playbook, at itís debut, opened to not so positive reviews. Despite the hoopla, Research In Motion (RIM) has probably managed to garner about 3% of worldwide tablet market share. This reviewer has owned an excellent BlackBerry Bold 9790 and was tempted to look at tablet offering from RIM. This 16 GB base Wi-Fi tablet was bought with the intention of finding out to see how best it could be integrated in daily work flow.
The new BlackBerry (BB) operating system (OS) is based on QNX Neutrino, which is highly resilient and secure embeddable system with itís own custom user interface (UI). Itís the 7 inch capacitive screen and the form factor thatís the icing on the cake. Itís big enough to be held in hands comfortably, a bright screen display (1024 x 600 WSVGA) that can be easily read in direct sunlight and portable, weighing in mere 410 grams . There is a physical volume and power button while rest of the tablet is entirely gesture based which is intuitive for majority of informed users; the tutorial at first start up would get you used to it straight away.
PlayBook has been designed to complement BlackBerry smartphone from ground up, which connects to your existing BlackBerry mobile phone through encrypted Bluetooth via BlackBerry Bridge. Itís easy to access the text messages (in addition to emails, contacts, memo pad, BlackBerry Messenger and Calendar). Bridge Browser (the browser on the phone)
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