Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Jun 2011 21:46 UTC
Apple So, yeah, uhm, I bought an iPad 2 today. I still don't think anyone really needs a tablet, but that doesn't mean I didn't want one. I wanted to wait until the HP TouchPad was announced, but now that it has, it seems it won't be coming to The Netherlands any time soon. As such, the iPad 2 it was. A few quick fist impressions.
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Call me crazy, I'd go for Playbook
by mfaudzinr on Sat 11th Jun 2011 03:29 UTC
mfaudzinr
Member since:
2008-02-13

No Apple for me. The only Apple product I have is the iPod Touch Nano and it does one thing (Listen to music) beautifully and I like the interface and it is unobtrusively small. I won't go any bigger than that. Too much overhype on those other products. On tab/slate - well hands down I want the Blackberry Playbook. It's in my want list. I like the fact that it runs on QNX and not any variation of Android or other linux derivatives. Apart from that if I want a smartphone I'd go for Samsung Galaxy SII (Best Android phone). All will be had by the end of the year (Looking forward to some year end bonus). Am I anti-Apple, resoundingly yes.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I won't call you crazy.

Biggest downside of the device is, as I think I read/heared* you do need to have a BlackBerry phone if you want to do tethering.

Which is just stupid vendor lockin kind of behaviour.

If they promised an update which makes it work with others it wouldn't be so bad,.

That would be one of the biggest hurdle for most not to buy it.

* That was before it came out and I've not checked if this is still true. But they seemed very clear about it at the time.

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mfaudzinr Member since:
2008-02-13

The tethering is unfortunate but I do "think different". I'm tired of Android everywhere. Android is suffering from over exposure. What RIM is doing with their acquisition (QNX) is admirable and they are putting out regular updates to overcome the initial shortcomings. And RIM has TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) so hopefully the UI shall be awesome. I hope to own a Blackberry smartphone but it'll have to wait until they upgraded the OS to QNX.

Edited 2011-06-11 10:56 UTC

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

No Apple for me. The only Apple product I have is the iPod Touch Nano and it does one thing (Listen to music) beautifully and I like the interface and it is unobtrusively small. I won't go any bigger than that. Too much overhype on those other products. On tab/slate - well hands down I want the Blackberry Playbook. It's in my want list. I like the fact that it runs on QNX and not any variation of Android or other linux derivatives. Apart from that if I want a smartphone I'd go for Samsung Galaxy SII (Best Android phone). All will be had by the end of the year (Looking forward to some year end bonus). Am I anti-Apple, resoundingly yes.


I've used both and the PlayBook blows the iPad 2 out of the water. The size and weight are much more sensible, while the iPad is too heavy to hold for any serious amount of time, unusable if laid flat on your lap, and the slippery surface makes it hard to hold onto. It's like Apple deliberately set out to take all of the worst things about laptops and smartphones & combine them into a single device.

Really, the only advantage iOS has going for it is the library of third-party software; in other words, it's now the Win9x of handheld OSes. I guess we know why Apple's volunteer shills have been so desperately spewing FUD and anti-hype ever since the PlayBook was first announced.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Any tablet is better than the PlayBook for one simple reason: I don't want to buy a goddamn crappy BlackBerry phone just to be able to email from my tablet!

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