Almost enough to make me an economic nationalist
So, some jerk stole my iPad yesterday.
It’s not terrible news — this was an old first-generation iPad that I was thinking of replacing anyway.
And this gave me an excuse to buy a 32 GB Playbook. And I discovered that it’s really a beautiful piece of hardware.
It was doomed, unfortunately, by its slim pickings for applications and its incomplete operating system — really, who ships a tablet with no e-mail or calendar apps?! But this will change with the release of Playbook O/S 2.0, the new operating system that will allow Android applications to be ported over to the Playbook.
It’s just the right size — smaller than the iPad — and has better speakers. It’s much better as a multimedia device.
And so I begin to see why the legions out there remain loyal to RIM’s products, even in the company’s tough times.
But wow, beautiful engineering, terrible marketing — that’s how I was able to get a 32 GB tablet for $250. Which is, I believe, very close to what it cost to make the device.
Let’s hope they can rebound. I shall give the BlackBerry London a close look when it comes out in the fall, for my next phone.
Update: Now running the developers’ beta version of 2.0. It’s neat.
And so I have Kindle again…