Yesterday I finally got the 7.6’ Blackberry Playbook on hand, and the first thing I did was connecting it to PC to transfer videos to Playbook.
It took quite a while to boot up BB Playbook, I must say. But I do appreciate that RIM make it so easy for users to transfer files to Playbook- simply connect Playbook with PC via USB connection and follow the popup message to install the Blackberry Device Manager.
I thought I would have to download a BB Desktop Manager but it turned out that the Device Manager Setup was already there. This is really user-friendly, much more than considerate Samsung at least- it took me quite a few minutes to search Samsung Kies for syncing files to Galaxy Tab a couple months ago. When the Blackberry Device Manager is installed properly it told me to reset computer before I could transfer files to Playbook. So I did. When restart PC, I find that the Blackberry Device Manager is added to boot Windows startup. But this time I was able to open the Playbook directory. Seems like the computer recognized it as an external HDD. So I find the Music folder, and drag and drop my favorite albums to the Music folder. Then I press the “Dismiss” button on Playbook and disconnect Playbook with PC. The music (mostly m4a and mp3 audios) plays fine on Playbook. I noticed that AAC 5.1 surround sound is listed as a supported file type, but I’ll leave it next time.
A more formal workflow for syncing files to Blackberry Playbook (quote from Blackberry Support Center):
- Connect the BlackBerry PlayBook to the computer via USB cable.
- If BlackBerry Device Manager is not yet installed, the BlackBerry PlayBook will display a screen entitled Installing Drivers.
- On the computer, double click the BlackBerry PlayBook CD drive icon.
- Open the Drivers folder.
- Double click Setup.exe.
- After selecting the appropriate region and accepting the License Agreement select Install.
- Select Finish and then OK to the prompt confirming that the PlayBook will need to be disconnected and then reconnected prior to use.
- Once reconnected to the computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be mounted as a Network Drive labelled PlayBook [PIN: 500AAAAA].
- Double click the network drive icon to access the PlayBook folders.
Anyway, how does Blackberry Desktop Manager differs Blackberry Device Manager?
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