BlackBerry Playbook Review

What kind of BlackBerry Booster (as per my Twitter bio) would I be if I didn’t write about the company’s tablet I picked up over Christmas? A very bad one. So here are a couple thoughts on everyone’s favourite 7 inch tablet.

First things first

We all know BlackBerry had a horrible year last year. However I’m surprised that they didn’t sell a ridiculous number, like 1 million of these Playbooks. And I don’t know why not. The build quality is awesome, it fits nice in your hand, (key for reading in bed or lying on the couch) and the OS (Operating System) is slick.

Furthermore, video looks great on it  and its in black (my favourite colour, which isn’t a moot point because even though I’m not an Apple guy, their old black MacBook looked sick) and the price for a 16GB model at $199 (the model I have) is now changed so all three are priced at $299. It just doesn’t make sense. Ah well, they should sell more because of what’s coming.

What’s coming

The Playbook update in February, OS 2.0, will introduce native e-mail, a video store for downloading content (only available to start in the U.S), more apps via Android, and autocorrect/predictive text. As well,  talking to a fellow student I met on campus, who has this own web development/app company, the Playbook might even have support for Windows apps in the future. For more on OS 2.0, A really good in-depth review courtesy of mobilesyrup.com is available here.

It’s simple

With the attractive price point, great quality, and fluid OS, the Playbook is a nice, powerful tablet. If the update comes on time, with everything working as RIM says it will, it’ll be hard to see why they won’t sell a few more Playbooks, which will require me to do less BlackBerry boosting.

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12 things I’m looking forward to in 2012

I like lists like this. 12 things I’m looking forward to in 2012. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time coming up with the list. I just thought about 12 things which may be in the headlines (and definitely in my headlines) throughout the year. So with that I present to you what I’m looking to in 2012. Note: There are a lot of sports related things.

12. Apple

The ball is in now new Apple CEO Tim Cook’s court to launch the next wave of innovative products for Apple that everyone so desperately desires (not me!). We know Apple’s slick marketing of their products, or often the case slightly upgraded ones, that capture people’s imagination, should always be there, but speculation exists as to what these products will be. Maybe an Apple TV, along with the updated releases of the iPad and iPhone coming this year? With Apple you never know what’s coming until it’s here, but the bigger question is will Cook be able to deliver?

11. CES

One day I’ll go to CES (Consumer Electronics Show. It’s going on right now and it is impossible for me to ignore all the tweets about the event. CES would be a great place to see the new technology coming this year, and meet celebrities, such as Justin Bieber, who was there this year.

10. U.S. Presidential Election

Will it be Mitt Romney vs. Obama? The U.S. presidential election is always of interest. They are still the worlds largest power and most influential nation in the world. However, with the U.S. in a crisis because of the financial meltdown, this is a very important election for our neighbours to the south. Will the next, or current president in Obama, be able to turn the economy around?

9. Movies

We’re specifically talking the Dark Knight Rises here, which comes out this summer and is the end to the Batman trilogy by director Chris Nolan and starring my boy Christian Bale. The previous film, The Dark Knight, is one of my favourite films of all-time. Check out the trailer here.

Oh and the Hobbit is coming out at the end of the year. Sorry, not a huge fan. Although I remember when the trailer came out some people on my Twitter timeline and on Facebook posted excessively about it. Just can’t get into the cheesy movie music.

8. Super Bowl

Whether you actually love the game itself, and we’ve had a run of amazing games the last few years (Giants beating the undefeated Patriots, Steelers over Cardinals, and last year Green Bay over Steelers) or the commercials the Super Bowl is a can’t miss event. Period.

7. Euro 2012

Since there is no World Cup this year (I’d better start saving my money for Brazil in 2014), the next best thing is Euro 2012 this year. What’s at stake is who will be crowned the best team in Europe. Players playing for national pride will make for some exciting football. I’m rooting for Netherlands!

6. NHL playoffs

Playoff hockey is the best. No other word can describe it accurately. It’s so intense, that you are on the edge of your seat for every hit, goal, and save which can change everything in an instant. There is nothing quite like the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the two month battle to see who will be crowned the best in team in the world of hockey and lift sports most famous trophy is a definite must see event every year.

5. Mad Men returns

Mad men returns in March, with everyone’s favourite womanizer in Don Draper (Played by Jon Hamm). I devoured all of the series last summer, after my brother had been telling me for years to watch it. Glad I did. It’s one of the better drama’s on TV, if you like the whole 1960s advertising angle.

4. Canadian economy

As long as we have hockey, the Canadian economy will be fine. I’m joking. The reality is we are a export nation which is largely dependent on exporting our natural resources and commodities, whether that be two valuable ones for us and the world in fertilizer with Potash Corp or oil with TransCanada Corp.

When looking at issues specific to the country, I’m looking at the housing market, household debt levels (I can’t put down my credit card at times too!) and politics (how will PM Harper finish his term). We’ll continue to get answers on all of these in 2012.

3. European Debt Crisis

It is something I’ve been following for over a year now and there seems no end in sight. In fact, most pundits/economists think things will get even worse in 2012. Leaders of European countries are unsure about the next steps to take to save their nations with their oversized debt loads. Things look to get ugly this year.

2. Finishing school

In 2012 I will be done school, if everything runs it’s course, of course. After 6 years of post-secondary, I will celebrate this achievement, then get onto the full-time quest of finding employment. Yay!

1. Olympics

London is the spot for this year’s summer Olympics. There is no event that unites the eyes across the globe more so than the Olympics, with the Word Cup, the only thing that comes close. I remember back to our nation’s pride with the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Everyone in Canada was so pumped to be Canadian, it felt like we drew closer as a nation. The Olympics are a special time, and everyone is watching, making it the #1 thing to watch for this year.

Doing more in 2012

The new year is here! I started it off right, celebrating NYE in Montreal, which for those who live or party there often know, is a really fun city. It reminded me of the last time I was in the city, to celebrate mine along with two of my close two friends 21st birthdays. Although it didn’t top that experience, nonetheless it provided great memories and stories. Now onto the blog….

Doing more in 2012. I’m a very optimistic person. it’s in my DNA to be positive. But it’s also good to look back as well (need to get my 2011 review blog up) to things which I did a bit of last year that I’d like to do more of this year.

Blogging

The drafts are there. The posts are not. The excuses are there. The results are not. With that said, I’m just going to do a blog at least once a week in 2012 and see how that goes.

Volunteer

I volunteer at school doing broadcasting a couple uOttawa women’s Gee-Gees games in basketball and soccer respectively, since 2010. I blogged about one of my experiences doing a game last year here.  Doing broadcasting is something I’ve always wanted to do since I was young but this year it would be nice to align myself with volunteer opportunities outside of school, on issues that I’m passionate about (mental health, ageism/elder abuse being the two most prominent ones).

Entrepreneurship

I’ve had this idea to write a book, or an e-book, or short story, basically I’ve had an idea to write something that people will find enjoyable to read, for over 1 1/2 years now. Lets start piecing the pages together and seeing what comes from it.

Let’s do more in 2012

These are three things which I did a bit of in 2011, that I want to do more of this year. Share your own list of things and good luck in doing more this year.