Its funny that one of the main complaints about the Playbook in relation to the iPad is apps. Because when it comes to the stock preloaded apps, RIM provided some slick apps that are missing from the preloaded iPad experience.
The Playbook weather app is a great example. This is no brainer. I check the weather multiple times a day. A weather app is a must have. But there is no weather app on the iPad. RIM had some common sense. But they didnt just provide a stupid weather for a few days app. The Playbook weather app is simple, pretty and packed with features. It automatically detects where you are and by default shows you the weather in your area, no setup required. Want to know the hourly forecast? no problem either, one button at the bottom.
People say RIM has lost its way and havent figured out that users want a simple and pretty user experience. But if the stock Playbook apps are any indicator of where RIM is going, the future for RIM is bright.