Blackberry playbook

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  1. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

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    Reading all the good reports I decided to get a Playbook yesterday.

    Got it set up and downloaded the OS update OK but I'm now stuck on downloading the Desktop Software. Using the web address given in the device I get stupid download times of over a day. When I try to connect to the UK Blackberry server it just sits there. Does anyone know if Blackberry servers are experiencing problems?
     
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    Just checked Graham , for a test I downloaded a 12mb app from BB appworld in a few seconds, I'm on a slow DSL broadband

    nothing mentioned in Crackberry ..

    I'm guessing, is this a third party app.. have you got a link I can try ?
     
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    Download complete ..
     
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    Thanks Jim. It's my connection by the looks of it. I had trouble getting onto the BBC News page as well in the last few minutes. Probably pathetic Virgin Media.
     
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    try putting a bob in the meter :Laughing:
     
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    if you pm GJH he is the IT expert on here:thumb::Rofl1:
     
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    Just spent an hour on the phone with Virgin. It was a router problem which they said they would replace.
     
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    Judas.
     
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    So I like toys, so what? :Laughing:
     
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    Nothing. At least you have the skills to overcome compatibility problems.
     
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    Half the fun, Brian :BigGrin:
     
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    which are ?
     
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    The connecting charging/pc/earphones leads that come with a HTC smart phone also fit a Playbook .
    My 3 year old son uses it most days and finds it easy, so most people should manage it :thumb:
     
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    not found any compatibility issues, that's not to say there aren't any, just none that I've come across..

    yes, there are limitations, don't all tablets ? The one that bugs me is not being able to connect to a camera or other usb storage device except via a laptop.

    we now have 3 playbooks, windoz laptops x 3 and one elderly Mac iBook .. all on the home netwotk .. and able print to a Kodak wifi printer .. docs, images, videos,music all can be played and shared ..

    The PB is great when connected to a big screen TV via HDMI .. we play games, (Need for speed is good on a big screen) watch videos,movies, and picture slideshows..
     
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    Just that the world runs windows, iPad and Android, there must be many apps you might like that are not available or need better than average expertise to deploy on your platform.

    If your needs are simple then it's a real bargain because it's not a £129 device it's more like £400 being dumped because the mainstream has settled on £200 max price for small tablets and it would not sell at the original price.

    Will it run NavFree ? That alone could justify it's purchase.
     
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    Personally I have all the apps I need.. as does Jan , but you are correct, at present it has only a fraction of the android market.. but the library is being added to almost daily by enthusiasts converting the android apps.. many are now approved by BB and on the App World list.

    Do you want or need the choice of 300,000+ apps? If yes then buy android..

    NavFree .. not that I'm aware of.. but there is other mapping software .. Navigator, Magellan Compass, Maverick .. and few more I'v not looked at ..

    to be honest I wasn't impressed with it as a sat nav when I used Magellan Compass, it went of course a few times and took ages to 'lock on' again... probably due to a poor signal in the car passenger seat ..

    Personally I prefer a dedicated device for Sat Nav. Swiss Army knife solutions are seldom great.


    But I will try Navfree on Chaz's phone..
     
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    I think I will have few compatibility problems as I will probably use the different devices for different things. Browsing will probably be the one most common to all. Having used Symbian devices for some years (Psion 7 and Nokia phones) I am used to the odd difference or three.

    At least now I've sorted out my broadband speed problem I shouldn't have any trouble downloading apps :BigGrin:
     
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