You don’t need a Blackberry—
Since the Blackberry PlayBook tablet was released last year in April, one of the major gripes by customers and potential buyers was its lack of common standalone functions such as email calendar, and contacts.
To access these features, PlayBook owners had to attach a Blackberry phone to the tablet. Not a great idea for those who don’t own a Blackberry smartphone, and even worse because it affected sales dramatically.
But Research in Motion (RIM) was listening and will be releasing software update PlayBook OS 2.0 next month to address these problems, and hopefully, attract more customers in the process.
Email, contacts, and calendar
PlayBook fans can now view their emails through the new app, which provides a catch-all inbox for all email accounts and social networks.
And the best thing is no Blackberry phone tethering is necessary.
The new contacts apps allow synching to connected Twitter and LinkedIn accounts so a change made on the appointment calendar will automatically reflect the changes to those who are associated with the scheduled event.
The calendar function gives you a visual indication of what days are the busiest for scheduled activities or meetings by graphically increasing the size of the date. It’s a nice little feature to see what is happening at a glance.
Although the PlayBook has all but declared dead, RIM persists in its belief that its tablet will overcome the odds makers.
Presently, any Blackberry PlayBook can be purchased for $299 regardless of the memory configuration of 16, 32 or 64GB; the price is the same across the board. This heavy discount may just be the shot in the arm that RIM has been looking for to increase its visibility.
Since last year, RIM has promised eventual software compatibility with Android apps. This would make the PlayBook an attractive pick for those who are looking to buy a powerful Android tablet produced by a major electronics manufacturer.
RIM seems to be on the right track in trying to salvage its tablet. Now, only the public can decide its fate.
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Written by: Frank Ling on Friday, January 13, 2012 – 12:15 PM