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How to Get Your Information onto Your PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook can communicate the following ways: the basic model includes a WiFi transmitter and receiver that can connect to the web through a public or private router. That basic model also includes a Bluetooth radio system that can communicate with most current models of BlackBerry smartphones. The third version of the PlayBook adds various cellular data radios (GSM, CDMA, or other specifications).

How do you get your e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, and other personal information onto your PlayBook?

You have three choices:

  • Use the secure native suite of tools on the PlayBook itself, as promised for delivery by Research in Motion. Depending on the final details and decisions you make yourself, the data may live somewhere in the cloud (on servers far, far away) or on a private server locked away at a company or institution. The means of communication will be WiFi and the Internet, or a cellular data link.

  • With the BlackBerry Bridge, connect from your PlayBook to your BlackBerry smartphone and access the data from there. The Bridge uses Bluetooth communication.

  • Use a set of third-party e-mail and calendar apps, connecting to them by WiFi or by USB cable to a desktop or laptop computer. Tools from Google, Yahoo, or your Internet service provider are examples of third-party providers.

  • These programs are generally capable and easy to use, although they lack the promise of security that’s at the heart of official RIM apps. Data for these apps can live on your PlayBook, at the provider’s site, or a combination of both.

The BlackBerry PlayBook apps act very much like their cousins on a BlackBerry smartphone. The only significant difference lies in the way the data gets moved around, and RIM has pulled out the stops to keep that element as secure as possible.

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