I'll admit this. Like many people I usually have a fairly stubborn bias once I get onto something. I have used Winodws forever, I prefer BlackBerries as my smartphone of choice, etc, etc.
I'm not defending NJ, cause I don't know him, and his avatar says everything. He's a fan, and he's a grump... so what?
With that out of the way, I can understand many people having the opinion that the device, yeah it is great, but it doesn't have everything right now so too bad.
For me, I would NEVER buy a tablet. I've used the iPad and iPod for running apps, my workplace bought a few and we ended up not using them. A couple of people have them and use them for very limited purposes.
My boss used to use his iPad for presentations, but found it just didn't work like a 'desktop class' computer. It still had limitations even though he had all the apps he could want.
I'm excited to see the growth the PlayBook as a platform is having, at an expected rate (remember 60 days from launch this thing has to be perfect, they played way too much on the "it's almost there, but buy it now" to let that flop)
Since launch we have seen improvements to the Bridge access, video chat has come, BBM is here and we finally got a FaceBook app! This week we have seen previews of native e-mail and PIM, along with the Android emulation, it just kinda works even the gestures to replace buttons that android devices would have.
This device has plenty of exploitable potential and RIM has to bust their ass to not only provide and exceptional device (done in my opinion) and a buiseness class experience that can stream into a personal entertainment experience (iPad, Android, etc.)
Most people do not NEED a tablet. You buy it as an extension of something.
I personally have used my work PlayBook to do whatever I can, to really try and find the potential. I see it growing, I see RIM actually trying to build a great product.
I can completely understand wanting something right now, right away that 'has it all'
Hardware wise, the device has it. Software wise, the OS is incredibly strong, I've found the user experience to be quite nice.
Software and 'things it can do' are getting there. And if I were one to buy myself a tablet, I would probably get a PlayBook because I see the experience to be all it should be.
As I said, I admit I'm kind of personally biased towards the Blackberry platform. I'm encouraged by the success RIM has had, as a person in the technology field and a Waterloo resident. I've grown up with this company in my backyard.
I will admit I havent done much at all with android, and I've used iOS, but it wasn't some crazy "I gotta get one" experiences.
I also believe that I have the knowlegde of the industry, and the technology to make a fair enough statement on the PlayBook and some of the other devices.
Take my opinion, or don't. It's your money, and your want of whatever it is in the device.