What's the point of the BlackBerry PlayBook's front camera?


You've most likely read two other writers' encounters with the BlackBerry PlayBook already. Well, get ready for another's because I received my test unit from RIM today, and I've been playing with it for a good chunk of time already. 

But after playing with it for that good chunk of time, I realized that there is one glaring issue that absolutely needs to be fixed: video-calling capability.

I understand that the PlayBook is new, but there is a front-facing camera just waiting to be used to its fullest potential. Heck, it's a 3MP 1080p-capable camera! I'm not asking for a Skype-equivalent; anything would be nice. I just need something that I can use to talk my family and friends. 

On top of that, RIM is always touting the device as "the world's first professional-grade tablet." I'm pretty sure that being able to communicate with your peers is a somewhat "professional-grade" requirement, so RIM seriously needs to consider contracting a developer or developing the app themselves. 

We're obviously doing a lot of PlayBook coverage on the site right now, and more will continue to come. But in the meantime, what do you think about the lack of any video-calling capability?

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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3 thoughts on “What's the point of the BlackBerry PlayBook's front camera?

  • Could it be used by flash ? (well someone could make something more professional chat roulette)

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    its the norm nowadays to release a tablet thats half baked like the motorola xoom. Lets just hope that they will release the update soon.

  • I really don’t get this disturbing trend in the Tech Industry of releasing half-baked products.
    What’s even more disturbing – we seem to be accepting it.
    Since when did we become Beta Testers? I think it is disgusting that releasing a product that is half finished has become the norm. Funny thing is – Apple started this trend. Now, it has become mainstream.


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