As a whole, I’d say that RIM’s first attempt at an entirely new product is a valiant effort. The problem they face is the same one that everyone in the space faces: Apple.
Is the PlayBook comparable to the iPad? No.
(…) given that it’s selling at the same price points as the iPad, I find it hard to imagine they’ll be able to compete in the consumer space right now.
There’s a reason they’re calling this “the world’s first professional-grade tablet.” It’s a smart play. Now it’s just a question of selling other people on the idea.
Overall, RIM has done a fantastic job on the hardware front. The device feels snappy and well put together, the screen looks terrific, and the sound is best-in-class. This isn’t breaking any real new ground as far as tablets go, but it’s more than enough to be competitive right now.
The battery life on the PlayBook is outstanding. In my testing, which ran a video on loop with the display set to 65 percent brightness, WiFi on, the battery lasted nearly 11 hours (…)
Firstly, it’s inconceivable to me that anyone at RIM thought it was a smart play to cut off non-BlackBerry users from the most basic functionality you expect on a device of this type. Not being able to access your email via a native client is insanity as far as I’m concerned, and the first few days I had the PlayBook without email, contacts, or my calendars, the device felt nearly useless.
The worst part, however, is that I can’t think of a single reason to recommend this tablet over the iPad 2, or for that matter… the Xoom.
I got the strong impression RIM is scrambling to get the product to market, and that it will be adding other features already offered on competing devices for months, through software patches.
The PlayBook lasted a bit over five hours, well short of the company’s claim of eight to 10 hours for mixed use. In mixed use, and on a second test of watching video with Wi-Fi off, I did better, over six hours, but well short of the 10 hours on the iPad 2.
Still, unless you are constantly glued to a BlackBerry phone, or do all your email, contacts and calendar tasks via a browser, I recommend waiting on the PlayBook until more independently usable versions with the promised additions are available.
Trzy recenzje, trzy zbliżone spojrzenia na ogólną spójność całości, ale z pewnymi różnicami. Karygodny jest brak natywnych aplikacji dla poczty i kalendarzy — dopóki nie będzie tej funkcjonalności, jest to produkt przeznaczony w zasadzie tylko dla osób posiadających telefony BlackBerry. Ciekawie brzmi nie tylko pełne, ale i sprawne wsparcie Flash, za którym nota bene nie przepadam. Zastanawia mnie też ile osób spojrzy na poziom cenowy — identyczny jak w przypadku iPada — i wybierze produkt Apple’a. Najbardziej zaskakująca dla mnie jest różnica zdań w żywotności PlayBooka na jednym ładowaniu — od 5+ godzin do ponad 10.
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