Back in December 2011, I bought my first tablet, a Blackberry Playbook. I brought that tablet all over the world, everywhere I went, it went. Late last year, I brought it to Tokyo and it served me well on the flights to and from Japan and had plenty of juice left in the tank.
I really liked OS 2.1, but like most Playbook users, was waiting for the upgrade to BB10. Unfortunately, back in June of this year, Blackberry announced that the Playbook would no longer be getting an upgrade to BB10, and that was the final nail in the coffin.
I had put up with the lack of apps on the platform as the browser served me well, likewise I had converted some Android apps to work on the Playbook, but some of the ones I really wanted, would not convert and will never see the light of day on the Playbook.
Yesterday I bought a Google Nexus 7 2. It’s a beautiful piece of kit, really light, fast and an incredible screen. It’s not perfect, but at least I know the OS will be updated regularly and there will be no shortage of apps (both good and bad) to help me waste some time.
I’m unsure what to do with the Playbook. I’ll not throw it away, that much I know. It is, as I have said before, a fantastic piece of hardware. It’s just a shame that Blackberry have seen the need to give up on it. If only Blackberry had not been so damn good at locking it down, someone might have been able to hack it and get Android on it!
Anyway, that’s it. No more Blackberry Playbook for me, from here on in, it’s the Google Nexus 7 2. I’m sure I’ll be posting more about it in the future.
RIP Blackberry Playbook.