Originally Posted by esummers
They have better offer something besides Adobe Air / Adobe Flash for developing apps. That is all they would talk about during their presentation. It sounds like that is their development platform. If you watch the demonstration, the UI often didn't respond to his touches.
You see a lot of PlayBook demos where the tablet is lying on a flat surface rather than being held.
Also you see demos that seem not to sense many of the gestures.
I think that some of this has to do with the following:
1) the demonstrator is pointing (positioning his finger) over something on the screen, but not actually touching it.
2) the entire face surface is 'hot' (touch sensitive) even the bezel surrounding the display area.
3) The GUI uses touches on the bezel for system functions -- pull down a menu, switch between apps, send an app to the background, terminate (throw away) an app, etc.
As a result, I think the PlayBook designers have painted themselves into a corner:
-- you cannot comfortably hold the device in one or two hands without touching the bezel
-- touching the bezel may cause an undesired result
I suspect that this is unsettling to the user
to the point that he is afraid to touch the surface for fear of unwanted results.
Instead, the user adapts
-- and carefully positions his fingers over the surface,
then makes very deliberate touches to the surface.
The user has to think about what he wants to do, then take 2 specific actions (position, then touch) to accomplish the task -- never quite sure of what will happen. It is rather stilted.
...That's what I call User Friendly
... In fact it is 1 GHZ, Dual Core, 1 GB RAM User Friendly
It is ironic that on the iPad the OS gets out of the way between you and your stuff,
while on the PlayBook the the UI inserts itself, in a very unsettling way, between you and the OS.