I'm probably one of the "lucky" few
that have a PlayBook. The good news is that it's from work (right around launch time) so that I didn't have to pay for it...
The primary usage for me is to become paperless at work (i.e. no need to print decks or materials for the endless stream of meetings). In fact this has become the only use I have for the PB!
At first it took some getting used to compared to my personal iPad, but eventually I've come to prefer many of it's features (vs iPad 1) - sharper PQ, multi-tasking, border touch etc so the thing definitely had the potential but RIM lacked proper execution…
PB definitely has many many drawbacks... the obvious one is hardly any apps worth having. The tethering capability and BB Bridge (which works through Bluetooth) seemed neat at first. The problem is that it never seems to work properly. Most of the time the connection is slow (although BB and PB are side by side), and most annoying of all is that it keeps loosing BB Bridge connection on an almost daily basis for no clear reason. Getting the BB and PB to reconnect is typically a long process of trial and error (reboots, re-try setting up the connection in various ways) and doesn’t always work before I end up giving up.
Anyway, I’m now fed up with it!! Coupled with my doubts about RIM’s future and it’s (IMO lack of) ability to compete with Android and iOS, I’m jumping ship to a work provided iPad that I’m in the process of ordering now. Most if not all my collegues who've had PB are also jumping ship.
For the record I would have preferred an Android tablet (as I have my own doubts as well about iOS's future against Android) but they are not supported yet where I work.
The funny thing is that I don’t think they will even take the PB back