∞ RIM customers try to save the PlayBook

A forum user at CrackBerry.com made a suggestion to fellow PlayBook owners to help save the device.

The primary problem at the retail outlets seems to be sleeping PlayBooks that nobody knows how to wake up, along with hidden gestures and bezel swipes that nobody has a clue exist. So the demo units sit there with a black screen.

I don’t think that’s the main problem with the PlayBook. The fact that it can’t do anything when it does wake up is more of a problem. And really? People can’t figure out how to wake it up? Perhaps they have no interest.

Buy a document holder at Staples or Office Depot, it might cost you ten bucks but so what – it’s your contribution to the future of your PlayBook.Walk in with it in a shopping bag, and simply place it next to the PlayBook it’s easy- mission accomplished, and thank you for using your energy in a positive way! If there is already one there, you will know there is a fellow Crackhead in your neighborhood that beat you to it.

Well, no. My contribution to a product is the purchase price. If the company making it is so incompetent that they can’t make a device that works, they don’t get any more of my money or time.



  • http://www.gamerant.com/ alex_sebenski

    I’ll admit when I picked a Playbook up for the first time I had no clue about the bezel gestures and so I was stuck in one app. Im not a tech n00b, but there was nothing nearby to show me how to use it. 

    A demo video on the screen or on a nearby screen would do ALOT to help sell these, even if they don’t do much once you can switch between apps or turn it on.

    • http://twitter.com/a1by Alberto Plantilla

      Or you could have pushed the power button on top of the PlayBook?

  • http://www.gridironmeanderings.com/ Colin P

    Nothing could help sell these lousy excuses for tablets. If you have to explain to users just how to wake the darn thing up and simply navigate, you’ve already screwed the pooch.

  • Anonymous

    But… but… they run Flash, so they should be flying off the shelves, right?

    I mean, everyone really wants Flash, right?

    What, you mean the Playbook’s killer feature is something no-one’s really interested in?

    Wow, what a product design cock-up! Perhaps the CEO could do with an extra pair of hands to help guard against mistakes like this. Sounds like they could do with 2 CEOs!

    What?

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawn8TL3vSSLdvlxPRUcMDgTCqWDsO7FcXZI Richard Ekle

    The problem with a lot of tablets, is that they are never set up to use properly in the stores.  The Wifi isn’t set up, or often even available, and some haven’t even gone through the basic new user setup so the tablet gets stuck on a ‘register your new tablet’ screen.

    If the potential customer can’t try out the device, they aren’t going to buy it.  Apple gets this, most other stores don’t.  I want a tablet to become a viable competitor to the iPad, but as long as stores make such a pathetic attempt to make them ‘demo-able’, they will never sell.

  • nehmeg

    The playbook will do just fine. It’s being approved by governments left and right after it’s 4 months release. No government serious about security will ever use iPad or android because they’re just toys with lots apps. On the other hand the playbook has the potential to be both. A serious business machine and a serious toy as well when the android player comes out (That’s the only issue that’s holding the playbook back). By then the PB will be a force not to be messed with.

    • http://www.thegraphicmac.com JimD

      You realize that the US government uses iPads, right? You also realize that the British government & military does too, right?

      • Anonymous

        That’s what the american media makes you believe. How naive you are.

  • nehmeg

    The playbook will do just fine. It’s being approved by governments left and right after it’s 4 months release. No government serious about security will ever use iPad or android because they’re just toys with lots apps. On the other hand the playbook has the potential to be both. A serious business machine and a serious toy as well when the android player comes out (That’s the only issue that’s holding the playbook back). By then the PB will be a force not to be messed with.

  • Lynch Mob

    agreed.  Its funny how Apple fan boys write as many negative articles as they can about other products to try and cut it off at the knees yet the playbook’s security has already resonated with 6 different countries.   Meanwhile it took Geohot 2 minutes to jailbreak the ipad 1.  pathetic.  apple fans wont care until they’re the victims of something huge that apple did nothing to prevent.

  • Jth9234

    The Playbook is still a work in progress, much like how the iPad1 was a year ago, but I have to say owning one for 3 months now, its really an excellent tablet.

    If you own a Blackberry, its the absolute best tablet you can own with the Bridging features. Free web browsing, emails, and file sharing with limits with your Blackberry.

    A few things could be better. File sharing with the BB doesn’t allow for MP3′s or MP4′s sharing… yet. The Android Player app is just in beta form as of now. The apps are nowhere near as plentiful as the iPad, but of course it can access the real sites instead. Hulu and Netflix are blocked… still.

    The OS, hardware, UI, sound, picture quality, and extra bridge features just makes this thing flat out awesome. Very underrated…

  • Roger

    Reminds me of the “advice” I’d read in Mac mags about helping keep the display units at CompUSA running smoothly.