BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 review: An enterprise evaluation

By , CIO |  Consumerization of IT, BlackBerry PlayBook, tablets

Organizations with BlackBerry smartphone deployments can also choose to employ RIM's BlackBerry Bridge app to securely receive corporate mail and PIM on the PlayBook, via smartphone, and ensure that no data is ever stored on the tablets, if they so choose.

When connected to Bridge, PlayBook users can also can get their mail via their handheld's cellular connection to take advantage the corporate network security. Bridge also means that PlayBook owners don't need Wi-Fi for Web access.

And a brand remote control feature in BlackBerry Bridge lets you control the PlayBook with your smartphone to, say, type messages on the tablet with your handheld's keyboard. This feature is particularly handy when you're PlayBook is connected to a monitor or TV and you're seated away from the tablet.

New PlayBook UI, Features

RIM revamped the entire UI of the PlayBook software in v2.0, along with the BlackBerry App World UI. The two most notable new features of the overall UI are the ability to customize, add and eliminate "panes," which users switch between by scrolling horizontally on the home screen; and the additional folder that can be used to group like applications.

I really appreciate both new enhancements, because I like to group my apps in folders and then list all of my folders on one single pane, so I dont have to scroll between panes to access whatever app or service I need. I heard some complaints from other PlayBook users about the new pane system, since it is no longer very similar to RIM's BlackBerry 7 smartphone OS, which features panes with set names and functionality, such as "All" and "Favorites," etc. But that's really a matter of opinion.

The PlayBook also got new LED-based notifications, instead of on-screen only notifications. I'm a big fan of BlackBerry smartphone LED notifications, and I feel the same about the new PlayBook feature. RIM also recently released the PlayBook native development kit (NDK) to give developers access to the LED notification feature, so third party apps that use these notifications should become available soon.

The new PlayBook software also has a cool new "Print to Go" feature that lets you quickly send documents and other files on your computer directly to your PlayBook for viewing while you're on the move. A new PlayBook Video Store makes renting or buying movies and TV shows easy, though the store selection is notably limited compared to the likes of Amazon and other digital media vendors.


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