Today at the BlackBerry Innovation Forum, RIM gave a demo of the native email, contacts and calendar functionality on the BlackBerry PlayBook. We can’t yet post video of the demo but we do have screenshots of the demo and we can answer questions you may have (assuming the answers were discussed).
The email client on the PlayBook is simply awesome. RIM has taken the time to create an email experience on the tablet that feels like the smartphone experience, but takes advantage of the tablet’s larger screen. The email experience on your tablet has all the features you would expect including read, write, zoom in and out of email, mark priority etc. The demo of the email experience looks ready for launch and there’s little doubt that RIM will hit the expected February 17th launch date.
The calendar experience on BlackBerry has a fun tablet twist to it too. When you’re really busy on a particular day, the calendar numbers get bigger giving you a quick glance at what your day looks like.
The contacts section of the PlayBook is powered by Gist and if you’ve downloaded the Gist app for your smartphone, you will see it’s a very similar experience. The Gist element is great on a tablet because with all the added screen real estate, you can really delve into a contact and learn more about them without straining your eyes reading a lot of details.
We’re looking forward to when all of this launches on February 17th, 2012. Also mentioned at the event, was that the PlayBook BlackBerry keyboard accessory that we’ve seen a few pictures and video of is coming “early 2012″. RIM can’t push this keyboard out soon enough. It’s going to be the ultimate tool in leaving your laptop behind. More pics below. Let us know if you have questions.