In February we read an article from Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/03/RIM-free-BlackBerry-Playbook-Android/
This offer is now over, but the idea was that RIM was giving a free Playbook tablet to all the developers who publish their app on BlackBerry App World. Since we love all kinds of gadgets we decided to give it a try.
We spent a weekend developing a simple memory game and submitted it to the App World. It took a lot of hours to figure out how to sign the application and do all the procedures needed to convert the android app for BlackBerry, but we managed and today we received the tablet!
Unfortunately it wasn’t completely free afterall, Estonia wanted its own share and took ca. 50€ VAT. It’s not so bad since Playbooks are not sold in Estonia and if we would order it from a supported country, we would still have to pay the tax in addition to the price of the tablet.
We played around with the tablet a bit and the first impression is really good. From the internet we had heard mostly negative stuff about it, so our expectations weren’t really high.
When we took it out of the box, we were impressed by its looks, the materials feel high quality (no plastic loose parts etc) .. and it looks really cute
Plus, it has all essential extras with it: chargers, cables, a bag and even a cleaning cloth. Much more than we got with our overpriced iPad
About the software. Of course Estonia isn’t in the supported countries list of App World (thank you Blackberry for sending us the tablet anyway ), so we didn’t have access to downloading apps. We got around it by using a http proxy server (it was really easy to configure in the Playbook, just tick a checkbox and insert the proxy server and port), it’s slow, but it works
So now our home is richer by one more gadget
Here’s a photo if you don’t believe us:
Another small news is that Sunday Times in London contacted us one day about an article they were writing. It was about personal information that android apps broadcast from a mobile phone. The subject was not very positive, it turns out that LeadBolt is taking a bit too much user information through their ads (even the mobile phone number), but anyway, our comments were published in the article and now we’re “famous”
Anyway, this is a serious topic which we need to investigate (ask LeadBolt about the reasons etc).
A little bit about our revenue also.
We are doing quite good and are happy with the results. Next week we should receive another payment from LeadBolt. We will write about it then, but as a hint, we will spend it all