Playbook 2.0, my first impression...
As you may have read on many blog posts, the tablet Playbook from Blackberry was updated yesterday with the new OS2.0
Of course, I did upgrade mine and after playing with it for a few hours, I can say that it was about time. I'm not saying that this is a bad tablet, but missing emails and calendar on a tablet makes it a bit unusable for serious tasks.
How does it compare with the iPad?
The email/calendar/contact apps are ok, they do the job, but I must admit that the iPad equivalents are nicer. One thing that the iPad is missing is the Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn integration into the Message app. This is pretty nice to have all personal messages in the same app.
The new UI from OS2.0 does looks and feel a bot more like iOS and it's folders. Same icons, press and hold to delete, etc...
As already stated, the Playbook has a "My Documents" style approach to store your files. Like on a computer. So you just drag and drop your files in the proper folder. The new OS added a basic file manager to handle those files and launch them which is pretty sweet.
There is also a new keyboard which is quite handy. Basically, it the regular keyboard, but with an added row at the top for numbers. No need to switch from alpha to numerical keys when typing.
One neat thing is the blinking led when there is a notification... Of course, you can configure it to your liking...
With this new release, the Playbook has more potential, but still missing apps like Skype, MSN, Netflix, or GotoMeeting. But maybe things will start moving after that.
I still prefer my iPad for its diversity of apps, great integration with my iPhone and AppleTV, but at 199$, with this new update, it can be a deal breaker for those who don't want to invest a lot money and do not require specific apps.