Feeds

Reviewers slam BlackBerry PlayBook software

No BB messages without your smartphone attached

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Research in Motion launched the BlackBerry PlayBook in the States last night, and with it reviewers' non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have expired. What they are saying does not inspire confidence.

The hardware meets with approval, but is being let down by RIM's software.

The key case for the prosecution: no on-board email, a stark absence given that's the very function that made BlackBerry a household word.

RIM has promised that the PlayBook will get email during a system update later this year, timed to tie in with the release of a version of the tablet that will contain a cellular network modem.

In the meantime, buyers can use a new tool, BlackBerry Bridge, to hook tablet to smartphone and use the latter's 3G link to grab secure email. Bridge creates a protected link between the two devices and presents smartphone apps on the tablet screen.

It's a technically impressive tool, some reveiwers say, but almost all of them condemn its lack of user friendliness. Why not simply route the secure email over Wi-Fi through a virtual private network (VPN)?

The PlayBook doesn't do BlackBerry Messenger, either.

The 425g PlayBook's 7in 1024 x 600 screen is good, as is its browser's ability to handle Adobe Flash. It has an HDMI port for telly connectivity. It has a full 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi radio. Bluetooth too. There's a 3Mp webcam and a 5Mp photo camera on the back.

The PlayBook goes on sale in the US on Tuesday, 19 April. RIM hasn't said when the tablet will debut in the UK. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing
Only another three days of pooing and I can have a ride!
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.