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

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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]

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Pardon my laziness for not looking it up myself, but what in the hell was the rationale for leaving native email support out in the first place?

I still remember reading about this little company called RIM years ago in a magazine (printed on teh paperz!)... they had this crazy idea of allowing people to access email on their smartphones. Now here we are, all years later: they did what they set out to do, they helped spawn a phone market that's grown to a size nobody could have predicted... then they got fat and lazy and didn't even bother putting email on their tablet.

Every time I've read about RIM in the last year or two, my reaction is always somewhere between head-shaking and all-out facepalming.