Do you guys remember last week when I complained about the BlackBerry PlayBook's camera and the lack of video-chatting capability?
Well, we got a tip from a reader about a way to video-chat . . . but it doesn't work well. In fact, Adobe's Connect Mobile app doesn't work at all unless you've signed up for an expensive subscription for Adobe Connect 8. You get a free trial to, well, try the service out before you buy, but I honestly don't think it's worth it unless you're a huge corporation with a ton of money.
What you see above is the launch screen to the app, taken from my PlayBook review unit. It's not much, but it does serve its purpose. What that purpose is, however, I don't know, because I am not willing to spend money on a service that I won't be using after next week.
And that's my point.
I'm not issuing a review on this app but a preview of my review of the app ecosystem for RIM's newest baby. RIM can't possibly count on its developers that are small in number to come through with great video calling apps. Skype is coming, but I would really like to see some diversity, mainly for features that one app might have that another doesn't.
Oh, and the whole video-calling-subscription thing is a huge downer, too. At least Skype will be free.