Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Aug 2012 18:12 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless For me, the two most interesting products in the operating system space to look forward to are Windows 8 (due to just how different it is), and BlackBerry OS 10. BlackBerry? Yes, and it's simple to see why. The BlackBerry Playbook, while not the most successful tablet, seems to be loved almost universally by its users, which bodes well for BB OS 10. On top of that, it's based on QNX, which is some major brownie points right there. The company has released information on which resolutions the operating system will support.
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Looking forward to what RIM has to offer
by porcel on Thu 16th Aug 2012 18:21 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

I own a Blackberry Playbook by happenstance and it is a great, great device. From using it, I have decided that I prefer a 7" tablet to 10", that the hdmi out is great and that the UI is much simpler and easier to use than other OSs. Slide up to close or move away an app, slide down to see its configuration.

Really simple and effective.

I say this as an Android and Meego lover. What is interesting is that there is a choice of educational content and apps not available on other app stores and it seems that what "little" there is, it is of a high quality.

So, I don´t see the need to distribute 20pixels between two corners as a deal breaker and I am hoping that Blackberry has enough success to keep them afloat, just to keep things interesting.

I definitely hope that they will allow existing playbook users to upgrade to bb10 when it is out.

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Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

100% agree. Love my Playbook, more than my iPad. And while it's janky in movement, and typing is kinda tough, as a media device, it's awesome. Drag pretty much anything - AVI, mpg, mkv, mp3, flac, whatever on it, it works.

$299, 64GB. Plenty of great looking apps available.

I hope we get BB10 too, because I love my Playbook, even if it's the joke of the tablet world.

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dragos.pop Member since:
2010-01-08

Offtopic: I own a galaxy tab 2 7.0 and totally agree on the 7 inch tablet size. Perfect for me.

On topic: i don't understand what is the fuzz about some pixels. Modern frameworks like qt(used by bb10) or android have a layout system that is perfectly able to handle this automatically.
I came to the that mobile developers need more imagination not standard resolution. Fragmentation on this level for me is a theoretical problem affecting only bad developers.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

i don't understand what is the fuzz about some pixels. Modern frameworks like qt(used by bb10) or android have a layout system that is perfectly able to handle this automatically.


Indeed, I can think of a few "top 10" games and apps that compromise on screen resolution using black bars, be it on Android or iOS, and no one complains or probably even notices. I don't see it as an issue at all, unless the BB10 APIs and such make it more difficult than it should be.

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grantpalin Member since:
2011-02-11

Agree. I've only briefly experimented with other tablets, but owning a Playbook I find the UI and gestures very intuitive. Apps, well, I don't need the huge numbers that others are clamoring for. I'd happily pay for just a dozen high quality and useful apps.

As for BB10, RIM have stated that it will be available for the Playbook as well, around the time the first BB10 devices are released. It only makes sense since the OS on the Playbook is the base for BB10. The Playbook is the initial testing ground for BB10.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Apps, well, I don't need the huge numbers that others are clamoring for. I'd happily pay for just a dozen high quality and useful apps.

Which dozen? (sure, there's also a lot of fillers, like "apps" which could be just as well an RSS link or an audiobook, but...)

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