BlackBerry fans, followers and users had come up with a very distasteful experience when they realized that their favored gadget — the PlayBook is found lacking on features as basic as native email, calendar or contact manager. So basic these features are that even the most rustic gadget of the day boasts of it all. RIM has made amends of sorts when they displayed some screenshots of their update software at the Blackberry Innovation forum held recently.
The upgrade would present the user with an interface that is like that seen on any other tablet including the iPad or any running Android Honeycomb. There would be a split screen for email app but the calendar interface is more user intuitive what with the grid and agenda features displayed on same screen. Gist is the contact management application.
With all these additions, whether the PlayBook would rise in the popularity chart is yet a question mark. RIM is giving it their best to make this device of theirs keep in the running against the stalwarts like the iPad or any of the other tablets that are available at lower price. They are also considering of an Android App convertor in the near future.
At the moment though, it does not figure much in the list of wannabe, as evident from BestBuy yet tagging the device at below $200 for the base model. However, what should be encouraging to the RIM officials is that the $199 PlayBook has evinced a lot on interest among buyers.
However, at the same time, what is positive is that the overall appearance of the long awaited update is good and is definitely worth looking forward to. Pity those won’t be made available before February 17th, and that too without native BBM client. Till then, it makes sense to make the best use of the heavy discounts that is being offered with the PlayBook.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email