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    Hi all,

    FYI.

    Take care,

    Jay

    RIM's Email-Less PlayBook Gets Tough Reviews

    By REUTERS, April 14, 2011, (Editing by Peter Galloway, Janet Guttsman and Bernard Orr)

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - RIM's PlayBook tablet bombed with influential technology reviewers who called the iPad competitor a rushed job that won't even provide RIM's vaunted email service unless it's hooked up to a BlackBerry.

    The poor initial response to a device the company hopes will get it onboard the tablet computing explosion overshadowed a splashy coming-out party in New York Thursday evening, where co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis drummed up the gadget's attractiveness with corporate users.

    There was little mention of the stinging reviews only hours before.

    "RIM has just shipped a BlackBerry product that cannot do email. It must be skating season in hell," New York Times' David Pogue wrote in a review published on Thursday.

    Research In Motion built its reputation on a BlackBerry email service that it says is so secure that it can't bow to government requests to tap messages, winning high-profile customers in business, defense and politics before branching out to a wider consumer market.

    But the PlayBook, which hits North American store shelves on Tuesday, offers that secure service only in tandem with a BlackBerry. RIM says secure email and other key services will come later, not at launch.

    "I got the strong impression RIM is scrambling to get the product to market," Walt Mossberg, the widely followed business and consumer technology critic, wrote in a Wall Street Journal article headlined "PlayBook: a tablet with a case of codependency."

    The pessimism of the reviews seemed to hit RIM's often volatile shares, which fell 1.7 percent to $53.92 on the Nasdaq on Thursday, the lowest closing price since Oct 25. It fell a further 1.1 percent in after-hours trading.

    RIM's 7-inch WiFi-only device is priced identically to Apple's 10-inch market leader and faces tough me-too competition from a slew of devices running Google's Android software.

    It is a first step in a major product overhaul intended to reinvigorate RIM's fortunes. But the lukewarm initial reception, coupled with an outburst from Lazaridis that went viral on Youtube, cast a shadow over the coming-out party.

    IMPRESSED?

    Most reviewers have been impressed by the PlayBook's well-documented capability to handle Flash websites and its ability to show one high-definition image -- a movie, for instance -- on a connected TV, while doing something else on its own screen. Those are two things the iPad cannot do.

    But reviewers paid more attention to what the PlayBook can't do.

    The PlayBook needs a smartphone to access a cellular network and a BlackBerry to tap into RIM's popular BlackBerry Messenger chat platform or get secure emails.

    The PlayBook's secure Bluetooth link with the BlackBerry mirrors a user's existing BlackBerry applications, negating corporate worries about leaking confidential information.

    It was a question on security, and Indian government demands for access to the information that the BlackBerry protects, that co-founder Lazaridis took umbrage with during a BBC interview this week.

    "That's not fair, this is a national security issue," he said before ordering the camera off.

    On Thursday evening, Lazaridis gamely showed off the PlayBook's features to Reuters, calling the device -- which comes pre-loaded with the venerable Tetris game -- the ultimate gaming machine partly because it can be hooked up to a TV.

    But the gadget's camera app failed in the middle of the demo.

    "I broke the camera app, the rendering isn't working. Bring me a new one,' he said to a nearby media relations executive.

    RIM says the PlayBook and its brand-new QNX-based platform will launch with around 3,000 apps, the third-party tools that have helped make Apple's iPhone and iPad so successful.

    That number will grow in coming months as RIM adds support for Android apps and those available on its smartphones.

    The iPad has a library of more than 65,000 apps.

    It's too little for Mossberg, even though RIM plans to add a video-chat app soon and key email and personal organizer features, plus cellular connection, later in the year.

    "Until then, I can't recommend the PlayBook over a fully standalone tablet, except possibly for folks whose BlackBerrys never leave their sides," he wrote.

    In other critical comments, tech websites Boy Genius Report and Engadget zoomed in on what may at first glance appear trifling: a small and hard to operate power button.

    "It's impossible to find by feel and, once located, difficult to activate," Engadget said.

    Reviewers also fretted that, days ahead of a launch that will define RIM's standing in the tablet market, the company was still pushing out software updates to fix bugs.

    "The PlayBook of today is considerably better than the PlayBook of yesterday, which also was a big step forward from the one we were reviewing two days before that," Engadget said.
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  2. #62  
    Quote Originally Posted by ilovedessert View Post
    Hi all,

    This isn't my opinion I am just posting what I think are interesting comments...David Pouge's comments about the lack of Apps may be a problem for Palm/HP's TouchhPad, unless HP hits the ground running, (it seems as if they are but we will know more in the weeks to follow.

    Take care as always,

    Jay
    There may be some evidence that HP is paying for apps to be created, and also aiming for consumer market first: see thread http://forums.precentral.net/hp-touc...mium-apps.html
  3. #63  
    Quote Originally Posted by bluenote View Post
    There may be some evidence that HP is paying for apps to be created, and also aiming for consumer market first: see thread http://forums.precentral.net/hp-touc...mium-apps.html
    Hi,

    I'm sure they are paying for them...for just that reason.

    Take care,

    jay
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  4. #64  
    Quote Originally Posted by JLegacy View Post
    Funny - the article blames bad battery life on an OS that wasn't designed for mobile use, nothing to do with multitasking.
    And I have no issue with pseudo multitasking, as long as I don't have to run a task killer app whenever I finish doing anything.
    QNX is an embedded systems OS which is by the very definition required to be light, fast, secure and efficient. These are the exact same requirements for a mobile OS.

    Multitasking is itself not the problem; the problem is how it is happening. Majority of the programs running in the background do not need to be active in memory (e.g. a page that has already downloaded, an app that is waiting for user input etc.). They just need to be brought to the front in a fast and reliable manner and otherwise need to remain in a dormant state. Save states are a good way of dealing with these type of programs and if there is enough memory the programs don't even need to be saved to secondary storage (SD card).

    The 2nd types of programs are those that need some sort of resource allocated to them (music apps playing in the background; GPS apps). These resources can be allocated on an individual basis strictly controlled by the APIs a la iOS or allowed all resources to be used freely by each app a la webOS. WebOS way does not require extra coding as everything is handled by the OS itself, iOS way requires apps to be written specifically for a software version as these things are subject to change with updates.

    The third prong in this multitasking arena is the use of radios i.e. some sort of network connection e.g. a browser that has not finished downloading needs to finish downloading before going into a dormant state IOS calls them task to completion where each app remains active for some time in the background until the task it was performing (before the user switched to a different app) is finished. This is pretty easy to implement and all OSes behave in similar fashion.

    An additional caveat with the use of radios is for apps that need to check something periodically e.g. stock apps or email apps or weather apps. For these an OS could allow each app to have a small sub-program to be resident in memory at all times that is continually polled by the scheduler. This is the android way and is not very scalable as both memory and CPU cycles are used up fairly quickly not to mention poor battery life.

    If all of the programs register themselves to one server on the phone and the server itself kept track of all of the updates that would be more efficient. Also, instead of pull if push method of delivery was used then battery life could be increased even further. However, push method with a dedicated server would require the phone manufacturer to invest in infrastructure which is not desirable for some. This is the method iOS uses and that is why it is more battery efficient.

    I believe Push notifications in addition of single update server app on the phone itself are essential for any device to be competitive with iOS devices on a battery usage front.

    Going back to the original argument....

    Issues with Playbook are related to apps not coded properly (memory leaks and resource leaks). Please remember this is version 0.9 of BB TabletOS. IOS is not immune to these even in version 4.3 (check google for facetime picture bug and low battery life after upgrading to 4.3)
  5. #65  
    Hi all,

    It has been pointed out to me, that even though this is a forum and the article I post isn't being used on another newspaper or website, (I guess reporters & newspapers are getting just greedy and foolish as the music industry. After all, I am not profiting by posting posting articles).

    Therefore, I will try to remember to post the title, author and 1st paragraph.

    S sorry to make more work for all of you.

    Take care,

    jay


    Can the BlackBerry PlayBook appeal to non-BB owners?

    By Rachel King | April 15, 2011, 5:57am PDT

    Can the BlackBerry PlayBook appeal to non-BB owners? | ZDNet

    Research in Motion is jumping into the tablet market with the BlackBerry PlayBook launching on April 19th. But this isnít any tablet, and RIM might have trouble selling this device to non-BlackBerry owners
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