BlackBerry PlayBook: It's pure magic [Financial Express (India)]
(Financial Express (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BlackBerry PlayBook: Ever since Apple rolled out its tablet, apparently it needs to market a lousy product on crutches of fancy acronyms. The brainwashed masses addicted to Apple cool are just cogs of 'network effect' making it the largest mobile customer platform. Their marketing geniuses proved the old adage completely wrong; you can fool all its customers all the time. This strategy has been a wild fire success in terms of sales backed by aggressive carrier subsidies.
This reviewer had an opportunity to own an iPad for a brief period; comparisons with his existing workhorse, PlayBook. BlackBerry PlayBook demonstrates the power of QNX. Unfortunately, at the time of its launch it had to compete against dirt cheap lowly Android clones flooded from China. The tech press pronounced it as dead on arrival since it blamed it for lack of applications. This reviewer did face a Hobson's choice for the tablet but in retrospect, it was a sensible decision to stick with BlackBerry.
The first impression for iPad was overwhelmingly negative. Apart from the 9.7 inch screen, it appears and feels brittle. It has a cheap plasticky contraption that serves as a sleep button with oddly placed volume rocker on the side. Holding the sharpened edges of the screen makes it very uncomfortable to hold it for prolonged periods. The first boot showed nothing barring the stock access for contacts or camera. The App Store is restricted to the country of origin. Luckily, my tablet connected to Wi-Fi since there had been issues with connectivity in the last iOS update. This remained unresolved for over four months till Cupertino woke up to furious avalanche of complaints on its support forums. There was also an existing issue in Exchange connectivity till recently. Why wouldn't 'impartial' reviews from tech press highlight issues in basic aspects for connectivity
It took some time to get oriented to the process of switching to apps by pressing home button and locating the other app on navigation grid. Coming from the PlayBook world with seamless gestures, it was awful and pain to work on iPad. It took an ungodly gesture of whole hand to reveal the home screen or ugly four finger swipe from the sides to shift from app to another one. The apps cease in the background and many apps running drain out the battery rapidly.
The keyboard on iPad is nothing to write home about. It's an lousy contraption popping up when needed making this reviewer cringe on many occasions unlike the beauty of PlayBook which learns from user's preference. Apple's messaging app named 'imessage' can't even hold the candle in front of BlackBerry Messenger, arguably, one of the most advanced forms of communication accessible through secure encrypted BlackBerry Bridge. Video Calling or Facetime is nothing to write home; this reviewer is excited about the new BB10 where screen sharing is possible.
The horrible experience to work on iPad has reaffirmed this reviewer's belief in BlackBerry Playbook. Apple can't get its basic issues right (like Wi-Fi connectivity). If PlayBook competes with equivalent screen size and growing ecosystem, it smokes out Apple on all counts. This isn't a formal comparison of hardware specifications but totally a user's perspective and opinion. Caveat emptor holds true for Apple!
The writer is a practicing doctor with keen interest in technology
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