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So nearly so good...
on 9 July 2012
It seems most of the effort has been put in to making the Playbook a beautiful and stylish gadget. In this much it is a huge success. The size makes it fit in usefully between phone and computer. It is also just right as an e-book reader.
Bridge works well with my Blackberry Bold as far as it goes. It is, however, most frustrating that files can't be saved to the Playbook. Equally annoying is that video taken with the Bold cannot be viewed on the Playbook unless they are transferred using a computer.
I have managed to set up wireless transfer between my Macbook and the Playbook, but I really bought the Playbook to work with the Blackberry without the laptop.
There are so many other small issues - you can't rename favourites when browsing. It will view Docx, but not simple text files! Messenger works to individual contacts, but will not work with groups.
I do hope RIM don't give up on this. If they sorted all the issues in these reviews it would be a great gadget, and for me at least, the size makes it far more useful than an Ipad.
The one shortcoming that probably won't get fixed is the lack of any removable storage. A micro SD the same as the Blackberry 'phone would have been a bonus.
In short, if you have a Blackberry smart phone, it's a useful extra at the current halved price. As a stand alone gadget it's a good book reader and wifi browser, but not that much more. It isn't nearly the business tool that my Psion was so many years ago and considering how much better the hardware is, that's really sad!
One month on and I continue to be disappointed as I find more things it can't do, but should be so easy. I can transfer files to my Blackberry phone by bluetooth from my PC, but not to the Playbook. Even having done this I cannot use Blackberry software to transfer from one bit of RIM kit to another.