My BlackBerry PlayBook has finally arrived

Published on: April 27, 2011
Categories: AIR, BlackBerry PlayBook
Comments: 5 Comments

OK, so I’ve been waiting for this device for quite some time now. Especially when seeing all these awesome reviews on the web AND the fact that it runs Flash and AIR. In fact, it runs AIR so beautifully because the AIR runtime is woven into the operating system, which means you don’t even have to download the runtime before you can install and use AIR applications.

So, here’s my first impression of the device in a couple of pictures. First of all there’s the box, which is sturdy and looks pretty nice. But however nice it may be, it’s still the content of the box you’re after, right?

When booting the device for the first time you’re taking through a wizard that let’s you setup the device connections and then the first thing it does is download a 287MB update. So make sure that you are on a WiFi connection and have some patience.

After that minor inconvenience, you can then start to play with it. And I must say, the graphics on the device are looking pretty nifty. Below you can find a picture of the default weather application that shows how nice the application and screen looks.

Next thing I tried out was playing a video. Luckily the PlayBook has a HD demo video on board, so when I played it, I was amazed at how beautiful it looked and how crisp the screen was. Plus the fact that it plays HD video.

Last, but certainly not least, there’s the home screen on the device. This is a bit complicated at first glance, but makes sense after you play with it for a while. I think it’s more the fact that the bevel of the device acts as a trigger for several gestures as well that needs some getting used to. But it keeps everything well organised and removes the need for a lot of buttons.

Talking about buttons, there have been a lot of reviewers complaining about the power button being too small or the fact that it’s hard to find. I must say I don’t have any problems with that. Maybe that’s because I have small fingers. In that case I can certainly understand that giants will have problems with this…

Anyway, this is just my first impression. Next up is playing with it and using it thoroughly as a test device for AIR and Flex mobile. And then we’ll see what’s what. To be continued…

5 Comments - Leave a comment
  1. Michiel says:

    If AIR is woven into the OS, how does updating the runtime work?

  2. Well, actually, that’s a very good question. I suppose it not woven into the OS to such an extend that you can’t update the runtime. That would indeed suck. I hop it can simply be updated, since Adobe has always been backwards compatible with their Flash Platform.

    Let me find out and I’ll get back to you…

  3. OK, so I asked around with the people from Adobe and this is their answer:

    “AIR is fully integrated into the OS.

    BlackBerry will be doing relatively frequent updates to the OS so as to stay in-line with the AIR runtime. Also, there are plans to allow captive versions of the runtime to be packaged with an application, in case you want to target a specific version of AIR, etc.”

    Hope this helps…

  4. […] I’ve mentioned in my previous blog post, I’ve finally gotten hold of my free BlackBerry Playbook, so I started playing around with it. First impressions were quite good. Even my wife is interested […]

  5. Kamron says:

    There’s a terrific aoumnt of knowledge in this article!

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