The Blackberry OS 2.0 - So, The Playbook Is Whole

5/22/2012 9:51:53 AM

The BlackBerry PlayBook was a genuinely impressive device. It had the hardware, the software; it had the potentiality, that feeling like it knew the path ahead and that it was going to seize it. But when it came out last year, it was evident that the device isn't exactly complete. The PlayBook was missing a few pages, and they were important pages. The BlackBerry OS 2.0 is set to place those pages back, as well as putting in new content on its own to rectify the wrongs they've done. This issue, we'll be taking an in-depth, feature-by-feature review ofthe BlackBerry OS 2.0.

Description: Description: The Blackberry OS 2.0



Integrated Email Client with Unified Inbox

Description: Description: the BlackBerry PlayBook OS is the inclusion of an integrated email client

The first changes to the BlackBerry PlayBook OS is the inclusion of an integrated email client, something the previous OS didn't have. The email client also includes a unified i that lets you consolidate all messages in one place, include the messages from your Twitter, Facebook and Linkedln account.

The email interface itself is well done. It's clean, simple and has everything you need and expect. There's a "To’, “Cc” and Subject" bar for each email, but the client doesn't support Bcc. Attachments, though, thankfully support it. The client also lets you implement as many email accounts as you like Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, IMAP, POP, you name it.

With all the email accounts and social network added into it, the client can quickly become confusing and cluttered. EVERYTFIING comes through it, be it Twitter DM or friend request. The client thankfully b you filter it by selecting from a list of accounts to display only the

Calendar and Contacts


Description: Description: The new calendar of the OS 2.0

The new calendar of the OS 2.0 is quite the joy to use. We signed it in with our Gmail and Facebook accounts and immediately receive our appointments and events.

The view here is straightforward and simple, and being able to have an overview of your events and pushing events to multiple accounts is a gratifying thing.

The Contacts app also integrate your social network goodness into it, and it generally works well in typing your contacts to their respective social network accounts. These contact details will be updated according to every new info added into your friend's Facebook or etc.

An Updated Bridge

Description: Description: The BlackBerry Bridge functionality

The BlackBerry Bridge functionality lets you build a Bluetooth connection between your PlayBook and core apps to your BlackBerry smartphone. It's now quicker for you to take documents, web pages, emails and photos from your BB smartphone to be displayed on the PlayBook, where you can also edit them.

One new feature is the ability to use your BB smartphone as a remote control to the PlayBook, and also as a wireless keyboard and mouse cursor. It sounds very much like a tacky feature, and in a way it kind of is (we'd rarely use it, unless we get long emails), but the feature is so well implemented and functional that you're glad that it's there.

Android On Board

Description: Description: Pool Break Lite

Perhaps the most talked about feature of the PlayBook OS 2 is its ability to run Android apps right out of the box. You'll have to look for these apps in the App World, though it seems that RIM made sure that these apps don't stand out as much as their native apps.

We went ahead and downloaded the Dolphin Browser HD, Pool Break Lite and Snake HD, which install themselves smoothly enough. Initiating each app for the first time took us to a black screen with nothing but a logo and the message that the app is "initialising". It is initially jarring, but it's thankfully a one-off process for the new apps. Initiating them for the second time loads them pretty quickly.

For the record, all of the apps we tried ran very well and without hitches.


Description: Description: Looking to use another video chat app for the BlackBerry PlayBook?

Looking to use another video chat app for the BlackBerry PlayBook?

There's now a new Video Chat app, Which lets you initiate a video chat with anyone from your BlackBerry ID. It doesn't extend beyond that, however, but it works well and the quality is great.

Print To Go is a feature meant to supplement Docs To Go, by letting you print documents from your tablet if you have the Print To Go client installed in your PC. It's simple to use and works well, though right now it doesn't have Mac support.

What's really missing direly from the PlayBook OS 2.0 is BBM. Sure, you can Bridge your smartphone for that BBM functionality, but it would've been much better to have a dedicated BBM app right on the PlayBook itself.


To do right what once went wrong: that is what the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 set out to do, and that is what it did. The PlayBook in its original incarnation was a device that couldn't function wholly without a BlackBerry smartphone, and therefore not a standalone device. With the PlayBook OS 2.0, though, the PlayBook now has a semblance of independence. Inclusions like the dedicated email client and Android app support allows the PlayBook to be fully functional and, once again, garnering its lost potentiality. There are also essential updates to the device's essential apps, which only improves on its performance. It's not without its flaws, though: BBM is nowhere to be seen, and Android apps on the App World needed to be given better attention.

That said, to sum it up nicely, we'll say that the PlayBook is truly whole now. The OS is a quintessential upgrade for every owner, and right now, it may very well be a good enough reason for you to get it, even if you're not a BlackBerry owner.
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