Blackberry 64gb playbook only £129

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  1. Scotties

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    559 down to 129 ?

    Wow.

    But you've got to ask "why ?".

    Ah - QNX.

    Wrong operating system. Someone might do an Android hack but without it it's way off mainstream so few apps.
     
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    Put £30 to it and buy the google nexus from Google for £160 :BigGrin:
    Terry:thumb:
     
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    still not an Apple

    You can add £50 if you like, but it still is not an Apple...... it's a bit like wanting to be a wannabe Winnebago... not really ... but similar... yea:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:


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    It's cheap because it's rubbish.

    The experts gave it a serious thumbs down on launch, so now I guess they have to get rid of the stock.

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    What's wrong with QNX. It's an old and extremely stable OS.
    It's almost 30 years old, MicroKernel architecture, premptive [HI]real time[/HI], unix like OS.

    The hardware is amazing quality and this price is unbelievable.
    I think they are running down stocks ready for the new version which comes with the new V10 OS (also based on QNX).

    My question would be.. Does it do what I need it to do? Who cares who makes it or what OS it runs.

    I saw one in Dixons and was about to buy one when the google nexus 7 was announced. I was going to go for the nexus instead. But a 64GB device for £129 is fantastic value. I am going to get one.

    Thanks for the link.
     
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    Who thinks of all these names?
    Apple
    Blackberry
    Ice cream sandwich
    Cookies
    " I am off to work dear , i have my sandwiches, apple/blackberry cookie "

    I can see the relationship with -
    Android
    Google Chrome ect --all mechanical sounding names but why use food names?
     
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    Where do you get "apps" for QNX ? Would you buy something based on CPM ?

    Well you might but Jo Public would be lost, looking at his Apple and Android friends saying "Why can't I do that ?".
     
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    That's like buying a Ferrari for £1000, problem is it will run only on the A14 from Kettering to Cambridge, you want to got to Birmingham, tough.
     
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    Your initial quote was....

    I was responding to that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with QNX. It operates a load of real time machinery including cars.

    Your problem is not with QNX it is with Blackberry PlayBook OS.
    In the same way that android is based on the Linux Kernel, The blackberry is based on the QNX kernel but that is not the same thing.

    If your argument is that there are no Apps for the Playbook I can understand your concern. That is why I made my point about "Does it do what you want it to do". For me it is emails, browsing and watching videos. It does this out of the box. I don't need Apps.

    I would just add though that the Blackberry community is still strong contrary to the tech presses negativity. Also the Playbook has been able to run most if not all android apps since Version 2.0 (February this year).

    Just in case you hadn't realised. Since June or so businesscat2000 also allows you to run IOS apps :Tongue1:

    Because the playbook is of such high quality and so cheap there are literally 1,000's of developers out there now hacking away at it.

    I am not saying it is ever going to be mass market like Android is but to rule it out just because it isn't apple or android seem a bit closed minded to me...
     
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    As an owner of a Blackberry Playbook, my biggest beef is the battery life, which is pretty dire. Since OS2 was launched the amount of apps has greatly improved. I even found one that allows me to set up an I tunes playlist on my macbook pro and then synch it with my playbook. If its emails, video(outstanding quality), internet browsing and music. Its a bargain. Especially if your using it mainly on a hook up etc. The build quality is also good.
     
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    Is the Browser any good? This might save me a few quid, Katie wants an iPad for her birthday in a couple of weeks,:Eeek: but she only needs email, browsing and facebook etc. The odd game too, this might be a good substitute.
     
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    My original post was ( to the best of my knowledge ) to a non-geek average FUNster.

    I said QNX, don't buy it.

    Why, because, Mr Average wants a simple life, click X and it all works. "Some apps" is not good enough when for £70 upwards he can buy Android 4 and have massive choice without ifs and buts.

    You say "it's cheap so thousands of developers.....", well it isn't cheap, they are, for some reason, dumping remaining stock at probably just a bit less than it's worth. Under similar conditions HP dumped their beautifully engineered tablet with their own OS and pulled out of tablets for now.

    Mr Average wants to click on Google Play ( what a daft name ), select any app and it runs. Now if this Blackberry can do this I am wrong.
     
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    Hi Jim the nexus may not have 64 gb memory but it is all singing and dacing latest jellybean OS and for the money £159 (from google ) or £199 rom curry's etc there is no comparison :thumb: buy her the nexus :Wink:
    terry
     
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    You really did not think that through did you Jim all those kids and you still have much to learn:Rofl1:

    do you really want to save money and NEVER hear the last of what you did wrong:Rofl1:



    I would have thought you knew a bit about STREET CRED Jim

    Eg its a bit like you saying you want an RV and someone buying you a VW camper

    PLease show Katie these posts and stand well back
     
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    That's absolutely the correct reason to buy any tool isn't it?

    OK, Mr Average might be disappointed if they bought one not knowing its limitations and/or how to use it - but that ain't much different from Mr Average buying any technology without thinking it out properly in the first place :BigGrin:
     
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    I bought an iPad when they first came out - but rapidly became frustrated at what it couldn't do, or the hoops one had to jump through. Despite all the hype about the zillions of apps, most users will only use a few.

    I bought a Playbook 16gb when their price dropped and immediately felt at home with it - it just worked (to coin an Apple slogan). I also found the 7" screen & weight much more convenient.

    Industry standard USB connector, drag'n'drop file transfer (no iTunes, yay!), HDMI connection for external display. All the software I personally needed is already onboard. It syncs seamlessly with my Google Calendar and email accounts, websites display properly without the "no flash" black holes.

    The standard software is functional & adequate - the video player has coped with every format I've thrown at it (except .flv files... but there's an app for that!).

    My experience of battery life has been the equal, if not better than my iPad (which is now languishing in a drawer).

    I've been so impressed and comfortable with the 16gb version, I went out & bought the 64gb one at this knock down price.

    I'm just an average user - websurf, email, check my calendar, watch video, listen to music, read books, play a few games, take a few notes, look at some photos. I haven't used it to take photos or videos but I could. I haven't used the mapping or gps but I could. I haven't used the video chat or the bluetooth connectivity, but I could.

    I don't actually care what os it uses, or whether an alternative is technologically better - at £129, the Playbook is a bit of a bargain for what most users are likely to use a tablet for... :BigGrin:.
     
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    A very interesting and possibly useful thread... thank you all for your input (from both sides.)

    After overspending on my portable fridge freezer and therefore postponing my purchase of a Galaxy 3, I might now have found a more affordable gadget for Father Christmas to buy me (early of course.)

    Does it have a slot for a micro chip card to expand it's memory?

    JJ :Cool:
     
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