Student’s First Weekend with Playbook

As part of the development process, students in Canadore College’s Mobile Application Development program were handed a RIM PlayBook. After some quick tutorials they left for the weekend with their new tablets. In Monday’s class we had a discussion about the tablet and their experience. What follows below is a short list of advantages and disadvantages when compared with other tablets. Although someone thought that the Playbook was slippery to hold onto, it wasn’t listed as a disadvantage because all tablets are slippery. That’s why we recommend buying a protective cover. So anything that applies to a majority of tablets was not recorded.

Please feel free to add your thoughts and comments.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Multitasking
  • Flash Enabled
  • AIR support
  • Solid technology
  • WiFi & Blu Tooth support
  • MS Word, Excel & Power point included
  • Outstanding media support
  • Smaller size makes it easier to carry around
  • Video Chat included
  • QNX O/S – will support Android with October’s update
  • Intuitive use of swipe space
  • Comes with a carry case
  • Comes with a wipe cloth
  • HDMI output
  • Speakers in the front
  • Can install apps even when WiFi signal is interrupted.
  • Deleting apps is easy
  • Comes with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  •  Not as many apps available
  • Publically bashed
  • Feels incomplete – no email client
  • More difficult to develop for (right now)
  • Some USB connection issues
  • Power button too small.
  • Location of volume buttons can be awkward
  • Some tethering issues with BB cell
  • Browsing is cramped when the keyboard is up
  • WiFi Signal strength not as strong as other devices
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One Response to Student’s First Weekend with Playbook

  1. ArleyM says:

    Looks like a lot of disadvantages will disappear when Android is enabled!

    To me bashing is an annoyance that comes with most tablets as well. For some reason mobile wars are making nerds rabid. I think no-email-client is a bonus. My mobile phone comes with a bunch of apps baked into the OS that can’t be uninstalled. I would rather get a clean slate and only install what I want.

    Great list! As a multimedia alum I look forward to seeing what you guys are up to!

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