Regus Test Drives the BlackBerry PlayBook
We managed to get our hands on a new BlackBerry PlayBook!
On the day of the UK launch of the PlayBook, BlackBerry were kind enough to allows us to test drive their new tablet. We took some pictures to document our experience.
We were pretty impressed by the ‘punch’ and functionality that PlayBook was able to pack. The tablet spans 7 inches, which makes it ideal for true portability. It can be easily stored and held in one hand whilst you type with the other. It has a stylish finish and its ‘button free’ front interface makes it an attractive proposition (which trust me, you will be unwilling to put down!).
In our brief time with the PlayBook, we can highlight its capability of multi-tasking; with the ability to seamlessly navigate from fun media apps, such as YouTube, the music player and browser; to those business apps which are more our bread and butter.
Apps worth mentioning: Documents to go which incorporates Word to go, Slideshow to go and Sheet to go is a definite highlight. This Microsoft-friendly suite of apps is not only free, but allow you to open, edit and create Word documents and Excel spread sheets, as well as view PowerPoint presentations. We predict this is going to be an invaluable app, ideal for touching up those documents, and delivering key presentations, avoiding the need to carry a laptop. The mini HDMI slot allows the PlayBook to connect to large screens and projectors, with HD quality, making it a perfect conference presentation partner.
We put Documents to go to the test by uploaded some of our existing documents using the BlueBox app which integrates with your DropBox. The documents looked nice and crisp, were easy to edit and upload, leaving us questioning why we still use laptops and keyboards.
Other apps that are worth a mention are: Unvired Analytics for creating graphs and pie charts; Poynt, a geolocation app to discover your surroundings when working on the move; and the well known Evernote.
Have you tested the PlayBook yet? Or maybe you live in the U.S. and have been lucky enough to own one? Please share your thoughts in the Comments area below.