Playbook, Still no native email, Calendar or contact manager client….really?
By Troy Saxton-Getty
We had a lot of hope early-on for the Playbook, our test unit has been lugged around for a few months now but it gets the least amount of real world use due to one glaring and primary fact; NO NATIVE EMAIL, CALENDAR OR CONTACT CLIENT, Still!
Research In Motion’s (RIM) Co-CEO promised a native client this summer, we still haven’t seen it. Unless you have a Blackberry linked to the Playbook, you are left only with a web browser email experience. RIM says “Our web experience is so great that you don’t need one…” oh really? I bet you don’t read your work or personal email on the Playbook as your main source. (We can do this on our Xoom, iPad(s), Galaxy Tab etc)
RIM, there is a reason most folks don’t use the email web experience on their desktops or laptops for as their main or regular email experience, they are all very different, they each require logging in, different user names, passwords and navigation. In-the-real-world most people want an email client, same look and feel for one to many different email accounts. If given the choice, most folks prefer to work in a native email client.
Back in early May of this year (2011), RIM demonstrated their own native email client for non-Blackberry users (if you own a Blackberry, it very nicely links up and gives you email, calendar and contacts support) Why is it we don’t have it yet? Did you forget how many Android and iPhone users are out there? Many of these folks could buy a Playbook, NOT!
The more interesting thing is RIM’s AppWorld store has actually blocked a few fairly amazing native email applications from being released, I just don’t get it. I really like the unit, the screen, size and feel, battery life etc., it is really pretty nice, but it is getting zero real-world use from us due mainly to the native client issue.
If you are pretty technical, you can use the “side-loading” technique like a developer and get a great product like aMail loaded. RIM has blocked several completing applications from their own AppWorld store, browsers, calendar tools and email clients so you can’t load them the simple way like everyone else, through the app store.
Open ecosystems win, or at least ones with good judgement to allow competing apps… RIM, this is plain stupid!
We tried using the webmail experiences for Yahoo, GMail, multiple Exchange email accounts and Apple’s MobileMe, while it can be done (except Apple’s MobileMe, forget it, it is totally unusable) it isn’t something you will be happy with for long, as an exception, yes, but regular use, even with short cuts and auto-login, it won’t be the tablet you pick up if you have another choice.
Give us what every other smartphone or tablet has, a built-in native client for email, calendar and contacts, or at least let some creative developers give us another set of choices.
RIM, you have won the dropSKIP official – “YOU SUCK” award…. we want our money back…
Hang in there aMail, you are our only hope Obiwan!