Blackberry Playbook

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  1. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    I'm looking for something small to take on the road. First I was looking at netbooks but now I'm thinking a Blackberry Playbook may be the way to go; the 16G is now only $199 and the reviews on version 2.0 are pretty good. Is the playbook a good option to download photos from a camera, upload to the web and updating forums. How about making videos and using photos and videos. I have a very good laptop but it's too big, thanks<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  2. DualMule

    DualMule Been here awhile

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    That's a company in a lot of trouble, I wouldn't go that route.

    I bought a 12" Thinkpad X61 on Ebay with a 2.2ghz Core2duo, 80GB SSD, Windows 7 on Ebay for $250 to take on trips. It was in great condition and it's small, light, has a keyboard and can run all my programs including Garmin Basecamp and my GS911.
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  3. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    I was thinking about that, but I like the size, price and if it does the job (and this is what I would like to find out) for a couple of years than I don't think it's a big issue. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  4. imoir

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    BlackBerry's not going anywhere, so don't be worried about that. Also based on the recent OS updates on the PB and the BB10 announced for the fall that will permit tablet and handsets to run the same apps, BlackBerry's got no plans to exit the tablet market.

    It's great device and does the best job of all tablets for surfing the web. Nothing handles Flash like the PB.

    You won't regret getting a Playbook to use on your trips.

    Take a look at the Crackberry site if you want to dive deeper.
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  5. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    I agree for $199 it's a great deal. I looked at the other tablets and nothing get close onless your are willing to pay over $500. But can it do what I want to do?

    Waiting for the BB10 in the fall. I have a BB storm 2 9550 and works OK but I really need a upgrade now.
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  6. Pete O Static

    Pete O Static Adventure Seeker

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    I had read somewhere that the playbook will be able to run the android OS. That would be great. I have a small acer netbook and an iPad. The iPad is much more compact and useable on the road. The playbook would be even more compact.
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  7. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    Yes it does run Android Apps but not not all of them, but between the BB apps and the Android apps I'm hoping I can do anything I want to do on the road.

    I just found this on utube, BB Playbook with keyboard and Microsoft desktop/apps also, I like that:

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  8. jon_l

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    I like my Playbook, and have used it traveling on the bike. Much better than pc for weather, maps, e-mail. When my digicam died on a trip, I used the Playbook, so still have good photos, and didn't have to buy a camera (camera was repaired under warranty when I got home).

    I have not downloaded photos to it directly from a camera.

    With the recent software release 2.x it is much better.

    Best feature is if you own a Blackberry you don't need a data plan for the tablet, because it piggy backs on the handset.

    I also love the new Print To Go feature - it's like a print driver, so from a pc, you print any type of photo or document, and it PDFs it and sends it to the BBerry. Much easier than transferring files.

    Great to have my own movies and music on the plane.

    The iPad is slicker for sure, but until the smaller version is released, the Playbook is a better size, and the price is awesome.
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  9. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    Thanks, good the hear from someone who as one and used it on the road. The more I read about it, the more I'm thinking it's my the best option; buying one at the end of this month. :clap

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  10. JTT

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    I too have a Playbook. Haven't MC travelled with it yet, but this is a great feature. I tried travelling with an iPod last year and found more frustration than joy. Chasing hotspots is for the birds.

    Wife has an iPad. It is a little slicker and the touch screen is better, but not 3x the price better. If, as when they first came out, they were the same price, I'd have the iPad anytime, but at the present pricing, the Playbook is a no-brainer.
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  11. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    Just got it, first post using it. This thing is great, I access my YouTube account, Google photo, email etc etc. Video quality and browsing is also great, I love it!:clap , ever smilies works:clap only $199!

    Not as fast as my wife Ipad but friendlier, smaller and the ipad is not 3x better for the price.... I'm 100% sure! .
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  12. Icewalker

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    Just got a Playbook yesterday. I have to say that this thing is brilliant. I test drove both the ipad and the playbook and couldn't find anything at all on the ipad to justify the extra money. The graphics on the playbook especially when playing HD video is absolutely flawless.

    Still can't figure out why so many folks have bought into the apple marketing machine when the playbook is available at sub $200.
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  13. BordenBmw

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    Just installed a Bluetooth Mouse and it does make a big difference if you have big fingers when browsing. Now I can go to Google Maps and make tracks. It was almost impossible before. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    :rofl :rofl :rofl

    That company is dead. The corpse is just thrashing around for a bit longer...
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  15. lc8john

    lc8john Been here awhile

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    I have to agree with imoir, BlackBerry's not going anywhere anytime soon.

    The lack of alternatives for corporate usage with the same features of Blackberry Enterprise Server will keep them going for a wile.

    If you already have a blackberry handheld even better, and for $199 you cannot go wrong.
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  16. Endurodude

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    I was told today (in the UK) that Blackberry are pulling out of the consumer market and focusing on their Business output. I assume this includes the Playbook.
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  17. SPEEDSMITH

    SPEEDSMITH Sh!t Disturber

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    One of the original questions was, can you download pictures from a camera to it?
    Unless I missed it, so far there isn't an answer to that.:scratch

    This was a question my wife asked at several electronics stores, with no real answer.:ear
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  18. lc8john

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    That I guess is not possible, unless the playbook has USB OTG support.

    For that an android tablet is a better option, if your camera has a microSD card, you can just put it on the tablet, and copy them with a file explorer.
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  19. BordenBmw

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    No I can't right now, I try but it doesn't see any devices I connected to the USB port, I was very surprised. It can be done but to do it you need to modify it and I don't want to do that. Rumors are (if you can believe the internet) that when the BlackBerry 10 is release something this year, the PlayBook will also be updated to OS10 and we will be able to read sd cards and access other devices like a camera, that would be great. But I took photos using the PlayBook, unloaded the pics to picassa and posted the pics in forums without any problems. Accessing the internet by tethering your cell phone also works great.

    http://www.eltecnoblog.com/

    http://crackberry.com/usb-go-support-blackberry-playbook-coming-post-launch-and-more


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  20. Marawder

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    Anyone try any brackets out to support the Playbook?
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