I think it’s important to stress the fact that the BlackBerry PlayBook does not need a BlackBerry. It runs by itself, and the BlackBerry Bridge is there for enterprise and syncing some of your information, but it’s not a requirement. Al Sacco from CIO has some important points. Check it out…
There’s been so much misunderstanding about the BlackBerry PlayBook. Some journalists and bloggers have misconstrued the nature of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Yes, it’s RIM’s first Tablet, and it’s the WiFi version. Yes, RIM does create BlackBerry devices. But a BlackBerry PlayBook does not need a BlackBerry handset to work. Granted, the native email apps are coming, but you can still email from the device on the web using WiFi. How many of us use the Windows Mail from our pc versus the web? It also uses the BlackBerry App World, but you can create your own account for apps.
I’ve been using mine and I have to admit, it’s nice to know that some of my files sync and do work on the BlackBerry PlayBook, but I could use this device solo and have done so just to see how it works. Slacker is amazing on the BlackBerry PlayBook, and with all the OS updates, I have no doubts in my mind that this is only the beginning of a great device. With Poynt, the Need For Speed, and quite a few other apps that make this tablet even more fun to use. And while the WiFi version can use the BlackBerry to Bluetooth “tether”, any phone can be used for that. With the 3G and 4G versions, the “tether” option won’t be necessary.
When Apple released the first iPad, there were numerous updates before it became the ideal. The PlayBook will accomplish this and coupled with the QNX system, will be perfect. The size is perfect, the screen is clear, and the camera is really nice. I’m looking forward to the BBM support and hoping that Pandora will be on the way.
How many of our readers have had a chance to grab a BlackBerry PlayBook or play with one? What do you think?