Anyone that brought a BlackBerry PlayBook and stayed faithful to it by not letting it pick up dust on a shelve, February couldn’t come quick enough. Now the 21st has been and gone many of us owning a PlayBook have upgraded to OS 2.0 and for anyone that hasn’t or doesn’t own a PlayBook here’s a quick look.
The main feature that missing at the Playbook launch and that was unacceptable was native email. If you wanted to view your emails you’d have to go through BlackBerry Bridge, then you’d be able to see the emails on your phone. BlackBerry Bridge is a BlackBerry only app and of course not everyone owns one, so for these people RIM’s solution was to add shortcuts that took you to your web based email.
Now thankfully the situation has been fixed with a universal inbox and you can set up your email directly from the tablet and now the PlayBook supports message from Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn.
Also missing was a calendar. RIM has implemented a solid calendar in OS 2.0 with the standard weekly view and monthly view but they have gone a step further and you can see which people you have meetings with on a certain day.
App World has undergone a redesign and its a welcome change. Even thought it was functional now it just looks more aesthetically pleasing. The featured apps are now grouped in rows of two then underneath you have the choice to browse top paid games and the top paid apps. The total number of apps in App World has been boosted slightly with the addition of Android apps.