01-09-2012 07:39 AM - edited 01-09-2012 11:57 AM
The BB Playbook is now cheap as ever. but i think its being let-down by an immature, not-so wel-developed, "closed-platform", unsupported, backward OS.
The competition is getting hotter & crowded by this year as everyone knows.
Here are my suggestions on how to better the Playbook to best suits everyone:
1. Unlocked Bluetooth - for easier sending & receiving files from non-RIM devices
A lack of SD card meant the only way to upload photos is via connecting to a PC or Mac, via email and SHOULD be via bluetooth. security issue? well, bt-transfer is being done for years now. until today with Symbian, Android and iOS devices all doing it. why not RIMs?
2. Documents - improved & better support for most "office"-type files such as PDF, DOC, XLS with easier attaching to emails
3. Camera - basic & in-built features such as red-eye reduction, image stabilasation, smooth 30fps, greater photo compression (for less memeory usage), photo thumbnails (for easier access to a photo just taken), geo-tagging, panorama, high night sensitivity, autofocus, stereo sound and manual zooming whilst recording SHOULD be there. also it should be "compatible" to be used for video-chatting via 3rd-party BB & Android apps (facbook chat, Skype, etc.)
4. GPS - if a chip is there it should be unlocked and make full use of. and the ability to use the chip even in offline mode
5. Music - improved equalizer settings, ability to assign EQs to multiple songs, ability to edit/change/modify an EQ setting (i.e.Custom setting) & some form of surround sound option
6. Video - improved format & codecs support (to include Divx & AVI) plus some form of surround sound option
7. Photo - include a free, easy-to-use, user-friendly photo editing software similar to Picassa or iPhoto
8. Updates - to be done via Wifi for free and to be more often like iOS devices and unlike 6-9 months of wait for Android devices.
9. cheaper apps, cheaper 3rd-party compatible accesories.
10. integrated all-in-one email and SNS app
Any more to add here....?
01-12-2012 10:24 AM
That's all s/w based, and I have no disagreement.
Here's a few H/W changes that should be incorporated on the Playbook V2.0
1 Put the USB power and HDMI connectors on the SIDE, not the bottom. You cannot stand the PB in any hard cover I have seen while either of the 2 are connected.
Alternatively, make the power cable and the HDMI cable with 90 deg connectors that significantly reduce their profiles, so a hard case can be used (open, tilted or closed) while connected.
2 Allow full charging while turned OFF. This is probably s/w related, but.....
4 Make the power button easier to press. In a case, I need a fingernail and high pressure to push it..
5 Put a FULL sized full function USB port on the side for Thumbdrive data storage and more importantly; data transfer. It is a pain to have to tether to my PC just to transfer a file at home, and impossible if I'm mobile.
Alternatively, provide a Full sized female to male micro USB adapter (dongle or cable) and make the exiting Micro USB a full function USB port, if it is not already.
There's probably more, but I've had my PB only 2 weeks now.
01-12-2012 01:20 PM
In this ever-changing landscape of computer tablets and the competition really hotting-up this year with Android 4.0, iOS 5.1+, Windows 8 et al i think RIM has a lot on their hands.
the Playbook has been letdown by poor software support & added features/functionality and a hardware that are either incomplete (or lack thereof), propreitary, wrong placements and/or non-usability.
Mine might be mostly software related but we musn't forget the hardware bit as well. both has to work hand-in-hand. The success story of Apple & (mostly) Google Android devices is a testament.
I'm still thinking of what can be done to better.
Any more suggestions guys?
01-12-2012 03:08 PM
01-13-2012 07:34 AM
01-13-2012 12:34 PM
The sale prices are now gone. now, all we need to hope for is that the Playbook OS ver. 2.0 wil live up to its expectations.
Its a make or break time for the PB. if not, it will end up in history as a victim of non-support and lack of hardware punch. (like the HP tablet)