BlackBerry PlayBook running Mac OS X and Windows 7

Well, okay, the BlackBerry PlayBook is not really running Mac OS X natively, but by logging into your LogMeIn account on the device, you can remotely control your Mac or Windows computer and make people do a double-take when they see your new tablet.

I didn't have the best experience using LogMeIn with the web browser on the PlayBook, but it worked well enough over the weekend when my family and I were out and I got an email that one of my remote computers was infected by a virus and needed to be cleaned.

I ended up having to repair a couple entries to the registry as well. Fortunately, I happened to have my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with me, which made it much easier to navigate through the PlayBook to the remote computer.

Photo Apr 24, 7 23 03 PMBy using LogMeIn, you can basically have Outlook or Entourage running on your PlayBook for emails and again, this would only be if you really have to use on the road.

It sure would have been nice if RIM had included some kind of email client app available prior to the unit's release. Not every PlayBook buyer has a BlackBerry phone to gain access to a calendar, email, contacts etc. through the BlackBerry Bridge app. And right now, BlackBerry users on AT&T can't even use Bridge.

Photo Apr 24, 7 22 39 PM Even so, I really like the PlayBook's hardware and design. I also like how smooth everything is working with the browser. I have only had a few browser crashes that happened when I would play a few videos and then try to go back to another website. I was actually on the BlackBerry forums today and after browsing through, the browser kept crashing when I would click next page of the forums.

As I've said before, I will continue testing the PlayBook in the weeks to come. Whether I will be keeping the device is a decision I haven't made yet. Hopefully RIM will announce some kind of timeframe for the sorely needed PIM apps soon. In the meantime, the one thing I know for sure is that the browser on the PlayBook is great and makes me really want to keep the device.

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Hector Gomez

Hector Gomez is a former contributing editor at Pocketables.

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