I have another homescreen for you today. A little bigger than an iPhone or iPod touch too. We have Gadjo Sevilla’s Blackberry Playbook to check out today. Interesting, and rather sad, device the Playbook. One of those “it could have been a contender only if…” stories. By all accounts it’s a solid device that was hampered by RIM itself. Pity. Regardless we’re here to see how someone uses one so let’s get too it.
Gadjo has a pretty productive homescreen, as far as the selection of apps goes. Writing remote access (rather cool he and I both have Splashtop on our homescreens as well as Evernote):
And here’s what he has to say about it:
I was an early BB PlayBook adopter and was initially disappointed with the lack of features. With PlayBook OS 2.0, I find the device infinitely more useful. It is great for managing email and calendars and the browser is quite good.
Among my most used apps are Blaq which is one of the best Twitter clients on any device. I write a weekly column for a newspaper and use PressReader to track my articles and get soft-copies of all my favourite newspapers from around the world.
In terms of eBook Readers, Kobo is the only real option right now for the PlayBook so that works for me. I also rely heavily on the Podcasts App, GeeReader PRO and News360 which I use to scan through various RSS news and audio feeds.
The PlayBook is a powerful little tablet and is good for productivity. Evernote is great of saving tons of web clippings which I can read on any device later on. I also use Adobe Connect to engage in online meetings and briefings complete with video.
The most impressive apps on the PlayBook right now are Citrix Receiver and Splashtop which allow me to control my Windows PC or my Mac remotely with zero latency.
Interesting how on the Playbook, unlike all the other devices I’ve seen, the “dock” (quick access apps, always on screen apps) is at the top of the screen, rather than the bottom. Seems odd to me. Anyway, here’s something I noticed (and remember I have other homescreens I haven’t posted to check out), the tablet screens seem to be more work and task focused and the handset size screens more entertainment with a touch of info. I’ll have to post a round up of all the screens when I’m done.
Course, not all the the bloggers here have sent me their screens, so…
It's the best in portability with access to a web without restrictions. It's next generation communication with amazing media capabilities. It's raw performance with incredible speed and unmatched security. It's ready for work play and everything in-between. It's the BlackBerry PlayBook - and it's everything you've been waiting for in a tablet.
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