Angry Birds coming to BlackBerry PlayBook, making it a semi-useful tablet

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Which will come first? Angry Birds for PlayBook, or a native e-mail client for RIM’s lukewarm tablet? It’s hard to say, but if I had to guess, it’d be the beloved avian-versus-swine game. This morning during Mike Laziridis’ keynote speech at BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida, it was announced that, in addition to the 3,000 tablet-optimized apps already available for the PlayBook (where on Earth are they?!), Angry Birds will be arriving to the platform.

It’s just the game that won’t quit. It has been downloaded approximately a bazillion times for iOS, Android and Symbian and has earned Rovio tons of cash, and it doesn’t seem to show any signs of serious slowing. And while it’s great that the PlayBook just might be 50% more fun to use with the addicting game in its portfolio, what about those other apps? When the PlayBook was reviewed by tech journalists, the resounding disappointment was its lack of apps and features that simply didn’t work – like the critical BlackBerry Bridge.

Perhaps it’s a little too easy to be jaded about all this, but could the coming of Angry Birds also signal the arrival of well-known and beloved apps? Are simple native clients on the way, too? Hopefully we’ll learn more as the week goes on.

  • Bradens7

    LOL THIS IS SUCH A PATHETIC ARTICLE.
    Though the tablet DEFINITELY should have come with email out of the box, the playbook supports FLASH allowing a shitload of gameplay online… plus angry birds doesnt define a tablet. fucking moron.

  • Mayowani

    This is very weak; when the playbook came out the likes of yourself classified it a massive failure. Now Angry Birds its coming out on the playbook and its suddenly half useful? What do you need to make it a great tablet then, a diapers app for you?

    You all keep ranting about limited apps, how many apps do you actually have on your ipad? And how many do you use on the regular? (probably 20,000)

    MUPPET!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tongejonathan Jonathan Tonge

    I went into Best Buy three times to weight up the tablets. Only once did someone even look at the Androids even though I knew she wanted to see the PlayBook that I was testing. When I let her try it out, I went over to the other (all unoccupied) Android devices. In the memo app it said “RRRR I Want to try the PlayBOOK!” I showed my wife and she laughed.

    Every visit I made I saw someone purchase a PlayBook, yet I saw no sales for even the iPad during those visits. If it weren’t for the negative US media, then I’m sure we would have seen lineups and sellouts. Most buyers are cautios and waiting on the sidelines until their friends buy into it.

    I personally am blown away by the PlayBook and its operating system. I downloaded the facebook app in the Best Buy and it was fantastic. Video was phenomenal and way better than iPAD. Video games were unmatched. But above and beyond, was QNX’s ability to multitask. I could do 90% of what I do on my computer on the PlayBook and not only that, but its portable enough to take anywhere.

    Today the Best Buy rep said “there is also the iPAD here, but its dated compared to the PlayBook”

    I know I sound like a plug in, but really I can’t wait to get one. I’m just deciding on 16GB-64GB model.

    You silicon valley lovers can boo all you want, but eventually the truth that QNX is better than the competition will get out. It’s only a matter of time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tongejonathan Jonathan Tonge

    I went into Best Buy three times to weight up the tablets. Only once did someone even look at the Androids even though I knew she wanted to see the PlayBook that I was testing. When I let her try it out, I went over to the other (all unoccupied) Android devices. In the memo app it said “RRRR I Want to try the PlayBOOK!” I showed my wife and she laughed.

    Every visit I made I saw someone purchase a PlayBook, yet I saw no sales for even the iPad during those visits. If it weren’t for the negative US media, then I’m sure we would have seen lineups and sellouts. Most buyers are cautios and waiting on the sidelines until their friends buy into it.

    I personally am blown away by the PlayBook and its operating system. I downloaded the facebook app in the Best Buy and it was fantastic. Video was phenomenal and way better than iPAD. Video games were unmatched. But above and beyond, was QNX’s ability to multitask. I could do 90% of what I do on my computer on the PlayBook and not only that, but its portable enough to take anywhere.

    Today the Best Buy rep said “there is also the iPAD here, but its dated compared to the PlayBook”

    I know I sound like a plug in, but really I can’t wait to get one. I’m just deciding on 16GB-64GB model.

    You silicon valley lovers can boo all you want, but eventually the truth that QNX is better than the competition will get out. It’s only a matter of time.

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