One of the biggest advantages with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is the inherent security features that come integrated with it. However, it is this that also runs the risk of becoming its biggest bane, since this makes the PlayBook heavily reliant on a BlackBerry phone. In fact, the operations of the PlayBook are so intertwined with the phone counterpart that the tablet can be nearly helpless in the absence of a phone.
It’s somewhat like this: among the many reasons that have endeared the BlackBerry phone is its excellent business capabilities such as email, the almost indispensable calendar, and contact apps. It’s only natural for PlayBook buyers to also look forward to these features on the tablet, coming as it is from the same manufacturer. However, the PlayBook has been designed to be connected to the BlackBerry phones to avail of these facilities. Or else, in the absence of the phones, one will be left at the mercy of third party apps or those sourced from the net.
The good thing is, RIM has risen to the occasion and have stated the PlayBook will be made self reliant with its own email, calendar and contact apps. The revelation comes in the form of an official FAQ provided for a Verizon webinar, though the celebrating can be short lived. The FAQ also reveals the above mentioned goodies (along with a few more) will only be available at a later date via a future software update. So initial buyers of the PlayBook will have to make do with these or draw upon their BlackBerrys to get going until RIM has the solution ready.
However, better late than never and it’s definitely good to see a tablet as promising as the Playbook shaping up well to match the best in the business. Also, the latest revelation comes on the back of the earlier announcement from RIM wherein it was stated the PlayBook will also be compliant with Android apps. In fact, the tablet will also support BlackBerry Java apps all of which will be in addition to the native apps based on the PlayBook’s QNX operating system.
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