But I doubt that RIM actually listened to customers or outsiders
— the train wreck is just too complete for there to have been
anything other than heads deeply buried in sand. Still, it’s one
thing to see an impending train wreck and fret. It’s another to
view the aftermath — it’s a lot worse than I could have imagined,
and it feels awful to look at it.
Why RIM chose to ship the PlayBook in such a state is
unfathomable. The iPad 2 and Xoom have been out for weeks, so
there’s no heading them off at the pass. Instead, the PlayBook
debuted with all eyes on it — but instead of a world-class
performer, we got the homeless guy who plays air guitar in front
of the mall.
On the bright side, the PlayBook supports Flash, with no need to
download a player as on Android. But Flash objects are often slow
to load, and some would not function. That’s an issue Flash also
has on Android, as my colleague Neil McAllister discovered in his
extensive Flash tests. It’s becoming increasingly clear to me
that Flash and mobile don’t mix.
That’s some “bright side”.