Results tagged “playbook”

Insult to Injury

By Michael Mulvey on November 30, 2011 1:30 PM

It's bad enough your email application-less tablet is selling so poorly you have to give it multiple price slashes, but then developers jailbreak it and call it Dingleberry.

Cheap Poop

By Michael Mulvey on October 28, 2011 9:41 AM

Electronista says the price-slashing of the Blackberry Playbook in the UK is still not helping sales.

I'm confused.

Does poop not sell, even at a cheaper price?

One Blackberry Is More Than Enough

By Michael Mulvey on June 21, 2011 7:53 AM

BusinessInsider tells us the real reason there was no email on the Blackberry Playbook:

Turns out it had to skip native email support on the PlayBook because its architecture can't support two devices with one person's account, according to a source.

Here's how our source explains it: "The Blackberry email system is the BES -- which is the source/focus of all the famous BB security. The BES email server has the concept of one user = one device (or they call it PIN)."

Sorry, that's hilarious. It reminds me of the Y2K scare where much the software running the nation's essential systems used two digits for the year instead of four when they were created in the 60's and 70's.

The difference is the date stamp 'shortcut' of the Y2K scare was the result of technological and budgetary limits of the time (remember, computers used paper punch cards and saving two digits for memory was a big deal), while RIM's lack of support for multiple devices for an email account is both extremely lazy and shortsighted.

The more I read about RIM, the more dire their future looks.

You Can Drive It, You Just Can't Make Left Turns

By Michael Mulvey on April 21, 2011 7:36 PM

John Gruber on the slack all the reviewers are giving to iPad's competitors:

I don't understand why so many reviewers bend over backwards to grade these things on a curve. If the iPad 2 had the problems and deficiencies the Xoom and PlayBook have, these same reviewers would (rightly) trash it, and declare (again, rightly) that Apple had finally lost its Midas touch.

These aren't "beta" tablets. They're bad tablets. It's that simple. It's true that their hardware seems closer to iPad-caliber than their software, but improving software is the hardest part of making products like these. By the time RIM releases "a serious software update or three" the entire market will have changed. The truth is, Motorola, Samsung, and now RIM have released would-be iPad competitors that pale compared to the iPad. Just say it.

I'm obviously a fan of car metaphors and they seem to be going around lately in the tech world.

To rephrase Gruber's response, if the PlayBook was a Ferrari (I'm partial to the 458), it would be a Ferrari that can't make left turns and doesn't have adjustable seats. Yes, it's a Ferrari, and it's fast and grips the road like a jungle cat, but it's incomplete. It's missing important features.

To digress a bit, this is one of the reasons I love BBC series Top Gear (not the crap US version) - they don't pull punches. If a Bentley handles like shit, they say so. The tech world would be wise to take some notes from Jeremy Clarkson and team*.

* For a great example see Top Gear's review of Alpha Romeo's 8C, at around the 3:40 mark is when Clarkson lets the honestly flood gates wide open.

"It must be skating season in hell"

By Michael Mulvey on April 14, 2011 9:49 AM

David Pogue breaks down the realities of the new Blackberry PlayBook tablet:

Remember, the primary competition is an iPad -- the same price, but much thinner, much bigger screen and a library of 300,000 apps. In that light, does it make sense to buy a fledgling tablet with no built-in e-mail or calendar, no cellular connection, no videochat, Skype, no Notes app, no GPS app, no videochat, no Pandora radio and no Angry Birds?

You should also know that even now, only days before the PlayBook goes on sale April 19, the software is buggy and still undergoing feverish daily revision. And the all-important BlackBerry Bridge feature is still in beta testing. It's missing important features, like the ability to view e-mail file attachments or click a link in an e-mail.

And:

But -- are you sitting down? -- at the moment, BlackBerry Bridge is the only way to do e-mail, calendar, address book and BlackBerry Messenger on the PlayBook. The PlayBook does not have e-mail, calendar or address book apps of its own. You read that right. R.I.M. has just shipped a BlackBerry product that cannot do e-mail. It must be skating season in hell. (R.I.M. says that those missing apps will come this summer.)

This reminds of grade school - when you realize your book report is due the day of, and you hastily cobble it together with lightly reworded chunks from the encyclopedia.

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