First Look at BlackBerry Playbook's Massively Late Native Email, Calendar and Contacts

At yesterday's BlackBerry Innovation Forum, RIM finally demoed its massively tardy native email, contacts and calendar apps. RIM expects the features to be in the PlayBook by February 17th—a full 10 months after it launched.

The design of the apps looks pretty clean—which isn't too much of a surprise, since what's actually on the PlayBook is pretty well done for the most part. And they've got some intuitive touches, like the calendar app upsizing the numbers on days that you're swamped.

It feels a bit like piling on to beat up RIM for finally demoing features that everyone's been screaming at them to take live, but, like, February? You're not making this easy, guys. The PlayBook recently came down to a $199 starting price, but until these features (along with Android emulation) go live, the PlayBook's going to get its brains beat in by the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet. Unless you're using DOS or something.

Buuut, if you've been waiting patiently by the phone for the past seven months—and don't mind waiting three more—you can check out the full gallery from the event over at BlackBerry Cool. [BlackBerry Cool via Ubergizmo]