During the Pre-OS 2.0 era, you could view all your email from your BlackBerry smartphone on your PlayBook using the BlackBerry Bridge feature. To most, this wasn’t enough, but the existence of a link between the two devices inspired BlackBerry nation to come up with a few neat ideas. Some proposed a ludicrous idea of being about to use your BlackBerry smartphone to type on the PlayBook. Others even suggested more preposterous features such as controlling one device’s screen from the other device. Well, RIM listened! I know it’s hard to believe, but crazier things have happened.
Thus the Blackberry remote feature was born. If you’ve got a Blackberry smartphone that isn’t from the Jurassic period (OS 5.0 or later I believe), you can control your PlayBook using either your Blackberry’s touchscreen or the trackpad using Blackberry Bridge. Even though this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a feature like this, it’s something no other mobile platform has natively implemented in consumer devices.
Yes, yes, you might be able to control a tablet using some sort of remote desktop app, but this is different because it actually easy to use and works well. So here’s the low-down. Minimal lag. Gesture support. Works in most apps. Once Blackberry Bridge is working, it’s automatically set up. It even supports slides in PowerPoint presentations. You have many extras like the ability to cycle through apps, open the status bar, use the keyboard and even right click. The execution is well done and impressive to see regardless of whether you’ll use it or not.
In the browser, you can scroll up or down using two fingers, type in text fields, left, right click or even middle click(if you can find a use for it). Of course, it’s not perfect. Using the bezel gestures from the remote takes a bit of skill. I can’t see to get it to work 100% of the time. There also isn’t any support for pinch-to-zoom on the remote, which would a great feature to have.