Think of tablets and you should be thinking of all the “normal” choices – Android, IOS and these days even Windows. But back in the day circa 2011 there was another choice and that was the Blackberry Playbook.
At launch pundits loved the hardware but weren’t so sure about the software. One thing that really hampered the Playbook was its lack of native email client and coming from Blackberry (then RIM) this was unforgivable. Coupled with its perceived reliance on the Blackberry smartphone and its shocking lack of apps sales weren’t great.
I managed to pick one of these up back in 2012 and loved it however when Blackberry announced they weren’t going to update the software to BB10 I looked elsewhere for a tablet and switched to Android. This was a mistake on my part and I recently realised this.
The mistake was not using the Playbook to its strengths. The browser is good (it evens comes with Flash), Docs to Go allows you to edit and produce documents (I am writing this on the Playbook with a bluetooth keyboard) and watching video is fantastic. It is also ruggedly built, feels solid when you hold it and the battery life is about 10 hours. Yes the lack of apps is annoying, especially Teamviewer, but most things are done in a browser so it doesn’t really matter.
A Blackberry Playbook makes a fantastic mobile companion and I will miss mine when it finally dies. With prices surely going to drop I might just get a second one !!
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