04-25-2011 04:43 PM
I got my playbook last Wednesday.
and right now I feel like I just paid $600 to be part of a RIM Playbook Beta program.
I will give RIM some credit. The hardware is Amazing, the OS is extreemly solid and from my exerience not that buggy. But it is just extreemly immature and missing allot of simple features and functionaltiy.
I have another 9 days before I can return it to Best Buy, and it is on my mind.
04-25-2011 05:08 PM
I don't feel ripped off - as I knew there would be issues with anything this new. I rarely get new devices when they first come out (I did when I was much younger and had more time on my hands). I got the Playbook for a few reasons - The main reason is that I am taking a professional course that has online courses which require Flash in order to be viewed (I do have a laptop but lugging the laptop, cord, internet stick, etc. around is a right PITA. So I opted for the Playbook which is obviously much smaller and I can get rid of the monthly internet stick fees. The other reason I got the Playbook was to be able to do a little more work out of the office - and the typing away furiously on a tiny keypad gets old fairly quickly. And so the Playbook alleviates that problem - the bridge has worked seemlessly for me at this point - so I have little to complain about.
But I was under no illusion that there were going to be issues - and at least a part of me bought it with a little bit of morbid curiousity. I still have it - and I personally find it quite interesting to see how quickly new updates are coming out, as well as how quickly the app store is being populated with new apps.
I do feel like being a bit of a Beta tester - but I have never bought a product in over 30 years when I didn't feel like a Beta tester when I bought a new product out of the gates - it is par for the course. I just happen to think this course has a lot to offer - and I new this was going to be the case. I think the Playbook's functionality will increase greatly over the next few weeks (let alone months) and I am quite interested in watching the evolution of the product and the app ecosystem.
So those are my 2 cents (maybe 3 cents).
04-25-2011 05:25 PM
I don't feel ripped off, every day I am more amazed with the PB. Bridge works great and if someone doesn't have bridge I can understand why they would feel ripped off. I beleive RIM will get it right and I am willing to wait. So far I am impressed with hardware and once everything gets integrated with BB phone it's going to be great. Sure there are issues but if these issues get fixed we are really going to have a tool we can use. Just like today, I shut off the wifi and opened bridge browser and I was able to connect to yahoo and browse several links and login to mail and open mail. With bridge browser working, who needs to tether. So far my PB has worked great!
04-25-2011 05:27 PM
I knew this was a new product and didn't expect it to be perfect "out of the gate." Right now, I don't feel ripped off. If, say two or three months from now, we're still asking when apps will be released and when basic functionality will be added, I might reconsider my position.
Right now, it's an overpriced gadget. As apps are released that allow us to use it to be more productive, it will become a business tool and more worthy of RIM's claim that it is a professional tablet. I'm still happy with my purchase.
04-25-2011 05:43 PM
I would have to agree with that assessment. I too knew that the BB Playbook would have quite a few issues right out of the gate, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. As mentioned earlier, the new OS is rock solid, and knowing that Adobe software is a prime player with this platform is a plus. I bought the Playbook because I don't want to lug around a laptop, netbook or even a 10" IPAD when I am traveling. I want to be able to use the WiFi hotspots (that are virtually everywhere these days) or be able to use the BB Bridge with my Curve 8900 for areas where there are none (a noted issue that needs fixed). I usually don't buy a first generation product when released because of the issues that all technology usually have out the gate, but I am a die hard BB user and I hate Apple products. I am sure that BB will sort out the issues in time for their 4G release late this year.... and I will buy that one as well. The Apps need to be released a little faster though. Not crappy Apps, but those that serve a business need; such as BB Protect, BB Traffic, BB Travel, and similiar apps. Do I feel like I was ripped off? No. Do I feel like a Beta tester for the PB? Sure, a little bit.... but what we figure out in these earlier models might help improve the future models of the 4G models to come.
04-25-2011 05:43 PM
Not ripped off. But a Beta Tester?? Absolutely....
No question the product was not ready for sale. No BBM?!? Flakey or non-functional GPS?!? No proper file structure to store extra files. Nothing to do with those razzle dazzle dual cameras. No email beyond what the Bridge provides.
I'm embarassed for RIM, because they're going to get slammed but hard in the media over the short-comings. If not for the fact that I've really found my old Curve and now my Bold to be great devices, I'd probably be slamming them too. If the software side had been further along, they'd have had an iPad killer, but instead they're starting from somewhere well back from the gate. And that's unfortunate.
Bottom line, the platform appears to be extremely solid and I believe it will be a strong competitor for the iPad (the strongest competitor on the market so far). I'm willing to wait and watch how fast things come along. If it takes forever, I will concur with Quila above.
RIM, you need to put up a page somewhere cluing owners into what is currently missing, what is coming and a proposed schedule. Too many people are arguing over what works, what doesn't, and why. That'll only add fuel to the media fire.
04-25-2011 06:15 PM
I keep telling myself this is a Diamond in the Rough, but I knew that going in.
Kind of reminds me of Civ V, every once in while there is an update to make it a little better.
04-25-2011 06:19 PM
Unfortunately, End-User Beta testing has become a way of life for users of electronic devices.
If you think RIM is the only tablet maker in this boat, check out the Motorola XOOM forums.
Even devices like BlueRay players are not immune from this... most come with a USB port for updating the firmware. Gee, I never had to update the firmware in my VHS machine. LOL
04-25-2011 09:10 PM
04-25-2011 09:16 PM
I'm getting there. I was counting how many days I had left as well. I knew it was raw coming out of the gate, but not even being able to organize files? Haven't seen an app that's useful, and half the ones I did try don't work. I don't want to go to the darkside, may have to rethink that. I really wanted this thing to kick **bleep**, but the pictures don't even rotate to portrait mode..... boo I've read all the responses here... haven't convinced me to keep it yet. C'mon somebody change my mind.... I'm pulling for you RiM.