Some background: The Daily Grind – BlackBerry Fail
The Daily Grind’s post starts out with saying that money is tight and expectations are high. A statement that speaks many truths to the reality we’re experiencing in today’s economy and tech sector. If money is so tight though, why buy something only to sell it a few short months later, experience a considerable loss, then go buy another, more expensive product? This just doesn’t seem to add up. If expectations are truly high, then why not hang onto what is arguably the most innovative and expectation-filled product of the past 2 years (the PlayBook)?
When it comes to media cards failing in devices, I don’t care if you’re using an Android, a BlackBerry or a Fisher Price Waterproof Digital Camera. They can fail. They can have corrupt files on them. This is no fault of the device itself, but it is fault of either the card for failing, or the user for the content on the card. Now, is it possible that a device cannot read a large capacity card? Of course it is! Problem is, many users have had success with 32GB cards and the BB 9810. Not sure how you can make the false claim that RIM cannot produce because, in fact, it can and has. With a little research you’ll see that knock-off cards do exist in this not-so-perfect world and files CAN contain viruses that go undetected by scanning software. This isn’t news or fallacy, it is known fact.
As far as troubles with apps on the PlayBook, I’d ask that you look at the apps you’re complaining about, where they came from, and what you’re asking them to do. You mention the Kindle App on the PlayBook… well, there isn’t a Kindle App for the PlayBook, so you’ve sideloaded an unofficial, converted app that someone (other than Amazon) has posted. This file you loaded may not have been the Kindle App at all – it could have been a photo of a duck in mud for all you knew. You trusted a random source, loaded a file onto your device, and it didn’t perform as well as you’d have hoped. Is RIM to blame for this, for an app they didn’t create nor accept into their AppWorld? The answer is of course not. RIM does create some apps, but they rely on developers for the most part to stock AppWorld with apps. If Amazon chooses not to develop a Kindle PlayBook app, then so be it.
RIM has provided an avenue to load Android apps onto the PlayBook. Is it perfect yet? No. Does it work? Yes, with apps that have been properly converted and approved by RIM. This means that Android apps in AppWorld do work and shouldn’t crash the Android Player. This feature is unlike any other feature on any other tablet (or smartphone) on the market today. The BB OS can load and play Android apps. That’s quite the statement and quite the feature… one that should be embraced for its innovation and not shunned for its bugs.
The PlayBook is updated on almost a monthly basis. The attention and care that RIM is giving to this tablet show that it is not a dying breed. They want this to succeed because they know the power behind it. They know the possibilities. The continual updates are rarely ever spoken about. Android users can wait months, if not years for their devices to receive the latest version. The updates on the PlayBook may not always be feature-rich, but they provide fixes to users’ issues, and isn’t that what you need? In the last update, the Android Player was updated, over 8000 fixes were made to an already great browser, and it paved the way for future USB OTG support.
Before you sell your PlayBook, look at what you’re losing, what you’re missing out on in the future, and what you’re going to be getting. Android is a great OS, it truly is, but no company is in such a crunch as RIM to provide updates and new features to their products. From the point of view of someone who wants new things all the time, RIM is the best bet right now. If you want to have a product that won’t be updated, or it will be updated, but the performance will lag because of it, forcing you to purchase a new version with new hardware, then sure, by all means make the switch. If you want to keep a product that cost you basically pennies up front, that interacts with your smartphone like no other, that provides access to two ecosystems of apps, and a product that can really only improve (and will improve), then stick with the PlayBook.