Blackberry Playbook, still mostly useless…
by Troy Saxton-Getty
I pulled the Blackberry Playbook out of the dropSKIP toy box months later in an attempt to find an email client of any type… Still, after all these months, nothing!
The Research In Motion Co-CEO said “By summer we will have an email client”…
Clearly with two CEO’s you would think they could get this simple task done… not only do they not have an email client of any type, the have zero Microsoft Exchange connectivity for even simple things like Calendaring, Contacts and Tasks.
No POP, IMAP or anything, wtf? Seriously? Your web experience isn’t all that good, I couldn’t even get this article written using it on WordPress.
We are dumbfounded, as former RIM fans, you guys could have played hardball in the tablet space, since the regular Blackberry smart phone usage is dropping worldwide, a great tablet, with a great ecosystem and solid OS could have been a contender. Miss a few basics, make some lame ass excuse about getting it out early so people could use it and then you would come out with the much needed productivity applications is pure bullshit (that’s a technical term).
Seriously guys, who is holding you both accountable?? You committed to the people who bought this device with a forward looking comment about an email client coming in summer, late summer… Well, its starting to snow in some cities and where is it?
Why are we so pissed off? Because basically the Co-CEO of RIM outright BS’ed us all about having the productivity tools needed to make the Playbook a success just down the line from the launch. We are further pissed because RIM actually squashed a few 3rd party developers who had solid email clients just month after launch and RIM decided to sandbag these guys and not let their apps into the AppWorld store. aMail & Early Bird from Pepper.pk. If you go to their sites you will see the “We submitted our app to AppWorld, it’s still in review” message on the main page.
Instead, RIM basically forced these App Developers to use tricky “developer” methods to get their apps loaded, in fact, it’s so difficult that most techies I know just laugh and wonder why RIM would do this. RIM, take a chapter from Verizon who played all these crappy tactics to control the mobile handset software market…
This little hardware device called the Playbook could really be great, but your corporate BS is keeping that from happening… aMail, Early Bird, you guys have been duped by RIM.
More than 6 months later, still nothing… this isn’t how you try to compete, this is how you lose… look at the beating you are taking in the press about this issue!
A lesson from Steve Jobs, “It’s the Bozo Explosion” up at RIM.