The Blackberry Playbook tablet now offers significantly more apps with the launch of Blackberry OS 2.0. Which new apps are best? How has the new OS improved the usefulness of the Blackberry Playbook (if at all)?
The Playbook OS Update
One of the biggest knocks against the Blackberry Playbook was its lack of applications software and its lack of native email support. However, there seems to be a degree of agreement that the quality of the Blackberry Playbook hardware is excellent and that its 7 inch size made it more practical than the IPad for carrying around with you. The addition of various Android-based apps with the new OS has made the Playbook more useful and practical. I am not an expert in these areas, so I will leave it to our visitors to fill me in more technically.
I use my Blackberry Playbook mostly to read email, to do web searches, and to access various applications software. I am most drawn to the fact that I can do these (my most common web applications) without having to fire up or even have access to my laptop. I continue to use my laptop for any typing-intensive applications. The Blackberry Playbook will never be a replacement for my ‘real’ computer; rather, it is a convenient supplement to my browsing needs.
With that being said, the OS upgrade (2.0) has made the Playbook an even better value that I thought it was previously (specifically, at its recently heavily discounted price). Here is my first post rating new software that is now available for the Playbook. I plan to add more reviews as I get a chance to try out various new apps. So please check back regularly for updates (or to suggest a new great app).
The RIDGID Digital Level
I will start off pretty basically here, and recommend a basic Playbook app that’s pretty cool – the RIDGID Digital Level. Yes, that’s right, your Blackberry Playbook can also act as a level. I was amazed at the simplicity and accuracy of this app. It offers indicators for horizontal angles, vertical angles, and diagonal angles without you having to rummage around for your 36 inch aluminum torpedo level. It is convenient in a fun way. I would never advocate taking your Playbook to a construction site as a replacement for a ‘real’ level, but it sure seems accurate. It even measures to tenths of a degree and it calibrates exactly with my bubble levels. Again, I would not use this as a replacement for a ‘real’ bubble level during a construction project, but it sure is cool. It is really quite amazing how the Playbook can do this so accurately. Not sure exactly how it does it, but it does it with a high degree of accuracy, nonetheless. Quite fun – and FREE!
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