update: Read the review for the Playbook 2.0 – what a great tablet
UPDATE: new software version for the Playbook is availble here is whats inside the ver 1.0.7
I was listening to a Podcast on the Playbook when all of a sudden, as if by magic, a message popped up: “Software Update downloading Version 1.05.2304”
This was too exciting and judging by the file size of 307MB it means this is a big update and not some minor fixes. I then got another message that there is yet another software update from 1.05.2304 to 1.05.2342 – another 272mb of updates. Yay !
The download finished happily and the Playbook prompted my to restart it so it could install the new version…
So what has changed ?
At first I didn’t notice much but then little things started popping up that just enhanced the usability of the Playbook.
You click on the battery icon, you now get added buttons that allow you to Turn Off, Stand By and Restart the Playbook. You can also adjust the brightness of the screen – neat !
With this update, it is suppose to alert you if you charge the Blackberry Smartphone charger in by mistake instead of the Playbook charger. When I tried it, I didn’t get that message though so maybe in SA the chargers are the same ?
you can also now charge your Playbook even when it is fully powered down.
Before the 1.05 update
After the 1.05 update
There is now a “Headphone AUDIOBOOST” under the sound options so you can now actually hear the sound out of the Playbook when you put the headphones on when you are in a crowded place like a restaurant or an aeroplane.
another facility I found was the Application Behaviour option. When it is set to DEFAULT, “An application stays active in the background until another application goes full screen”. However, if you change that to SHOWCASE, then “All open applications are active and never pause in the background” – this is great. As this is Multi tasking at its best. I can now watch a Video and if I want to, I can minimise it whilst working on a word document and the sound is still on !
You can also down download the Podcasts in one window and play Need for Speed at the the same time connect the Playbook to HDMI TV. Sweet !
Host Spot Connectivity:
This update has also made logging into a Hotspot easier and messages pop up to assist you in the log in process.
Parlez-vous français ou espagnol ? (translate: Do you speak French or Spanish ?)
The have also added more languages such as French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and UK English
The Facebook app that comes preinstalled with the Playbook has been enhanced to allow many features. You can now upload media direct from the Playbook including capturing images from the Camera, Video or something out of the Medial Library.
There are other enhancement to the chat facility and the overall usability of Facebook – nothing is compromised just because you are on a tablet (unlike another iTablet which is a stripped down version…)
Money Money Money:
The Apps World now has the ability to accept Payments. this makes the purchasing of apps simple and from one location. You can get more levels in a game or unlock an app features when you purchase the enhances version or renew your subscription to that magazine.
The update also fixes a major FLASH vulnerability (if you want more info on that its here). Brea in minds its not a Playbook vulnerability but a FLASH one so if you are running Flash on your website, suggest you check that out…
Finally, on a slightly related topic, there is also an update for the Blackberry Bridge software that you need to connect your Playbook to your phone. Get the version 184.108.40.206 from the Apps World for a much more stable experience when you use the Bridged application and especially the Bridged Browser.
There seems to be other bug fixes that have sneaked in. Web browsing is a lot better and more stable. WiFi is more stable too. I also noticed that little things like automatically putting in a Capital Letter after a full stop is now happening (not just on the bridged apps). I am looking forward to discovering more as I continue to…eh…play…
We all agree that the hardware of the Playbook is superb and now that software is coming out to fix those “irritations” this device is starting to take its rightful place amongst the Tablet Elite !
To the Blackberry Team – Keep ‘em coming !