Mea cupla, I was using the word "productive" in different ways.
As a toy, it is productive in that the input isn't constrained by size. I can get quite a lot done on my Evo, and it's considerably smaller than the Playbook.
I could never use my Evo or a 7" pad as a laptop replacement for business
productivity because of all the different files I need to work with. The lack of a keyboard and mouse is a hindrance as well. So I can be productive with a 7" pad, and productive enough for entertainment and social purposes, but I could never be as productive as I needed to be on a 7" for business. Sorry if it sounds like I'm splitting hairs, but work and play are two different sets of expectations for me.
I could probably snag a Galaxy Pad through work, but I would have a really hard time justifying that. And in terms of portability, 7" isn't something can slip into your pocket or snap into a belt clip. So if it's too inconvenient to carry around with me at times, it's definitely not something I can swing.
Originally Posted by Man-Fai Wong ../../..
Most working adults just want their tech toys to work pretty much just as they expect straight out of the box rather than requiring much fiddling and downloading of (and fooling around w/) stuff from an app store -- music and ebooks (and games and videos to some extent) are one thing, but apps would be quite another. If they bother to download stuff from an app store, it probably wouldn't be a regular thing, but just something they might try a little for the first week or two before settling down w/ what they have (and letting the novelty of an app store wear off). Yeah, they might occasionally try something new based on very popular recommendations from family, friends and colleagues, but they don't need a very substantial app store for that -- if they can afford such things, they'd probably just as soon spend the $50 on something of substance sold by RIM, et al rather than try all sorts of $1 apps (other than games) that cobble together to do what they want in a DIY patchwork manner.
Apps, much like broadband in the 90's, are one of those things that everyone can picture living without, but the reality is that they are quite addicting. I don't know how many people told me that they didn't need broadband back in the day only to realize that they couldn't live without it once they got it. My WinMo phone had crumbs, app-wise, and I was shocked at how much more fulfilling the user experience was to have working apps from a marketplace. If you don't have apps, then you won't be able to compete in today's market. And Playbook isn't even running regular BBOS. So that's even less