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2/6/2012 08:21 PM EST
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yalanand
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yalanand   2/12/2012 1:36:17 PM
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Both blackberry and Nokia provide some of the best hardware features available in the market but problem with both the companies is that they are unable to provide the best OS for their handsets. I still feel if these companies adopt Android OS, they can easily re-capture their lost glory.

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Albert88   2/10/2012 9:43:11 PM
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Its HW is prety good. yes, SW need to be updated. support it.

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SCBMPAE   2/8/2012 4:18:34 PM
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"even from its almost identical tablet twin, the Amazon Kindle Fire" Right, another brain-dead and/or Apple fanboy. How's that 10" iPod Touch doing for you with the great iOS 5 Safari update? Great browser isn't it? The Playbook OS far ahead of either the iPad or the Fire and much faster. The Playbook cameras are better, e.g. 1080, with a simple HDMI output. Loading media is simple compared to the iPad. As of this month the Playbook can run Android apps. But for those that can't intelligently evaluate technology beyond what's the popular device, stay with the 10" iPod Touch and iTunes.

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NitroWare   2/8/2012 9:58:48 AM
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Finally an objective(?) writeup on the status quo behind the Playbook that doesn't mention 'zomg, they sold only 250K devices' The tech media who have been writing about pricecuts over the past few months need to realise that not all regions follow suit. As of December 2011 no price cuts were officially planed or offered by Blackberry AUS. These devices sell for $399 and UP and this region was supposedly healthy for Playbook. For those who think AUS is upside down, because of the weak USD and strong AUD that means US$432 if we assume A$399.

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selinz   2/8/2012 12:28:36 AM
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We purchased a playbook after thanksgiving when sprint was selling it for under 199. It works pretty well and the blackberry bridge allows it to suck up unlimited 3g data for free if you find yourself away from wifi. The apps few with seemingly none of the "big boys" supporting it. Hardware wise, it's pretty nice, IMHO.

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Dale Shpak   2/7/2012 9:53:23 PM
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RIM got caught between a rock and a hard place: watching the small tablet market go by vs. releasing a product too early. Choosing option #2 didn't work out well for them. I currently use my Playbook mostly for its portability. Extending the active touch area beyond the visible screen allows it to display 7" of content with no wasted area due to browser headers, etc. It's also great for in-flight movies. But, as everyone is saying, the Playbook needs killer apps for it to survive. The hardware is excellent and the underlying QNX OS is great: it is a robust, mature, scalable and very responsive RTOS. I have taught courses using the QNX OS for 12 years. Around 2001, my company used it in an optical OC-3 edge router product prototype that was the size of a small novel: The entire OS and carrier-class routing software was compressed onto an 8 MB flash, which bodes well for RIM's intention to use QNX for smartphones. Unfortunately, the next set of hurdles for RIM are rather high...

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DMcCunney   2/7/2012 9:11:42 PM
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I'm not sure why the Fire is seen as a competitor to the Playbook. The specs are nearly identical, but the markets aimed at are quite different. The Fire is an attempt to do for other media what the Kindle did for ebooks: create a market Amazon could sell digital content to. The teardowns all point at Amazon losing money on the hardware, but they don't care: The want to sell you the media you'll use the Fire to view. People who just want a cheap Android tablet are far better served to buy the Nook Tablet and root it. It has better specs and provides a better experience. While people are rooting the Fire, I'm willing to be they're a tiny fraction of the total sales. Most folks will just use the Fire as a media consumption device for content they will buy from Amazon, and the fact that they will buy it from Amazon is the point of Amazon's exercise. Fire users have a reason to buy a Fire. What reason does anyone have to buy a Playbook? Failure to provide one is probably RIM's biggest error, with pricing running second. I don't care how cheap it is if you can't actually do anything useful with it.

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SylvieBarak   2/7/2012 6:09:46 PM
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No... there really aren't! I really struggled finding apps in the first few months I owned the device. In the end, I ended up just loading movies and music on it for use on the plane. Really, I never found any other reason to carry it with me.

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t.alex   2/7/2012 1:31:42 PM
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Are there a lot of good apps for the playbook?

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elctrnx_lyf   2/7/2012 11:13:03 AM
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I know what did playbook missed out so big to be not get sold at all. They should release it with Android. Only that can save them.

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