“This is no case of “too little, too late”, as there is nothing “little” about this update.”
After being delayed from release in the summer of last year, the much anticipated PlayBook Tablet OS 2.0 update has (finally) been released (as re-promised)! RIM decided to postpone the update until this February, much to the dissatisfaction of many who felt that the tablet software in its pre-2.0 state was unfinished.
Until now, most of the complaints were that there was no native email client, calendar, or contacts apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Oh, a tablet with no email you say? Not exactly. If you had a BlackBerry, you had access to all your email. If you used Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or any other web-based email, you could still use the browser to access your email (Hotmail and Gmail’s web interfaces are damn good too). Nevertheless, it soon became clear that consumers just wanted an email app regardless. Well, all that has changed, and more. This is no case of “too little, too late”, as there is nothing “little” about this update.
This update is extensive, to say the least. The main ticket was to be a native email client, calendar, contacts and other standard personal information management (PIM) apps. However, the PlayBook got much more than that. There is now a video store, “Print to Go”, Android app support, an updated App World and browser, integrated PIM apps, a better video chat app, universal spellcheck and word substitution, UI improvements, updated “Word to Go”, general bug fixes and much, MUCH more.
Over the next 14 weekdays, N4BB.com will be reviewing all the updates to BlackBerry PlayBook that came with the 2.0 update. Each day, we’ll be focusing on a single aspect of the new operating system:
- User Interface
- App World
- Android Apps
- Video Store
- Keyboard and Spell Check
- Open On
- Print to Go
- BlackBerry Remote
- Docs to Go
- Final Word on Playbook OS 2.0
Stay tuned to N4BB.com for the most in-depth review of BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 on the web, starting today!