With the BlackBerry PlayBook OS getting an update this week to version 2.1, one of the improved features is the ability to now use the native email client/messages application in portrait mode. It looks kind of weird at first but I suppose that is just because we are so used to only using it in landscape after over a year.

From a personal viewpoint I think it's a great update, mainly as it brings us one step closer to BlackBerry 10. It isn't the same experience as BB10 as we don't have the 'flow' and 'swype' between messages, it still relies on taping the screen, but we need to get used to using out touch screen devices in portrait mode. Typing within the email app is certainly easier this way. I struggle a bit using two thumbs to type in landscape mode so this will more than likely make me use the tablet a bit more for managing my emails.

All the same functionality tabs are still present when in a message - it is just that the email now takes up the whole screen, which is great use of the 7 inch PlayBook's real estate. Once in an email you also have the ability to jump quickly to the next message as we now have two arrows at the top right of the screen. Perfect for reading through all your mail if you prefer to see the full content and not just the basics.

The top bezel of the PlayBook still drops down an options tab. In portrait mode we loose a couple of the tabs but the comprise email, settings and help one still remain. Nice work RIM - I'm happy with new viewing option.

We will of course cover the other new features in the PlayBook tablet 2.1 update over the coming days so keep your eye peeled.

Latest And Best Prime Day Deals

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is down to just $70 thanks to this Prime Day deal
Amazon Fire TV Cube
$69.99 $119.99 Save $50

Save $80 on the Neato D4 robot vacuum during this Prime Day Lightning deal
Neato Robotics D4 Alexa-enabled laser-guided robot vacuum cleaner
$319.99 $400.00 Save $80

Time is running out. And so is the supply. Grab it while you can.

Grab TCL's 32-inch 720p Roku TV for less than $100 in this Prime Day Lightning deal
TCL 32S325 32-inch 720p Roku TV
$99.99 $130.00 Save $30

Act fast while you can. These Lightning deals tend to sell out quick.

The Ring Alarm security system is reaching new low prices for Prime Day
Ring Alarm home security systems

Various configurations of the Ring Alarm are discounted to their best prices yet exclusively for Prime members at Amazon through Tuesday night to help keep your home secure.

The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and 2 $50 Amazon gift cards
The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and $100 in Amazon gift cards
$359.00 $499.00 Save $140

That's just so much savings in one deal. You'll have to wait for the physical gift cards, but that's basically $100 to spend however you want.

Prime Day dropped this PlayStation 4 console bundle to just $250
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB console with Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn
$249.99 $359.98 Save $110

This deal on the PlayStation 4 Slim console saves you $50 off its regular price while also including Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for free. You'll just need an Amazon Prime membership to snag it.

The newest device in the Echo family, the Show 5, is now down to just $50
Echo Show 5
$49.99 $89.99 Save $40

It's only been on the market since May, but it hasn't escaped the Prime Day price cuts.

Amp up your home security with these huge Prime Day discount on nearly all Ring products
Save on Ring products today only

Whether you need a video doorbell, whole home alarm system, or some lights to brighten a dark area, Amazon has it all marked down today!

More Prime Day Deals