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Best Buy slashes up to $150 off of BlackBerry PlayBook

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Thu September 1, 2011

BlackBerry Playbook gets big Best Buy price drop

Best Buy hinted at possible sluggish sales of the BlackBerry PlayBook by starting a new sale on RIM's tablet. The deal takes $50 off of the 16GB and 32GB tablets and a much steeper $150 off of the 64GB version, putting it at the exact same price as the 32GB model. The retailer hasn't said how long the sale will last

RIM hasn't said directly how well the PlayBook is selling other than to paint a modest picture of its early results. It shipped 500,000 PlayBooks in its spring quarter and isn't due to report the summer until September 15. Like many companies, though, it hasn't discussed actual sell-through customers and, unlike Apple, is known not to sell every unit it ships to stores.

Rumors have circulated that RIM has had to dramatically scale back its targets after it allegedly made bad presumptions about how much demand there really was for a BlackBerry tablet versus Apple's iPad. The rumor hasn't been confirmed, although few expect a major improvement in PlayBook numbers.

A genuine sequel to the PlayBook isn't anticipated until next year. If not to compensate for immediate sales issues, though, the Best Buy price slash may be to help stoke interest just in time for the native e-mail update that will add many of the major missing features RIM left out and subsequently delayed. Best Buy, RIM, or both could likewise be experimenting to see if price cuts less dramatic than those for the HP TouchPad will have an effect.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. bleee

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +1

    Not doing it for me...

    Keep cutting, I'm not feeling the insatiable need to go out and buy a PlayBook as I did a ToughPad when HP cut it to $99.00.

  1. rvhernandez

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    Joined: Apr 2005

    +2

    FIRE SALE!

    Except this time it's RIM that's burning!

  1. facebook_Robert

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    Joined: Sep 2011

    +1

    Keep going

    I'd much rather have this blackberry than a touchpad - the OS is better.
    And I believe RIM will update the OS to include a native email client.

    They really have no choice, this QNX OS is the future of both the tablet and the phones, they don't have the option of having no business at all.

    The playbook has great battery life, a great form factor, its light, thin and s*** - and what its missing in included email apps - it will get.

    But, that doesn't mean at $499 that is was any kind of steal.

    At $299 I'd buy one tomorrow.

    As it is, I'll just pass. I know Amazon is going to have a rather nice Android tablet for a low price, within a month...maybe any day now.

    RIM - you've done a lot to get a QNX tablet out the door, just why can't you figure out an email client? are you kidding me?

  1. ducourier

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    Joined: Sep 2011

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    Playbook not so great

    I have had the opportunity to test the playbook and let me tell you it is not all that great. As an iPhone/iPad user I have grown accustomed to keep everything running all the time and let the OS manage the "task switching". Yes, iOS does not do true multitasking... but here is the problem:

    The Playbook true multitasking is flawed and will result in application crash and unit freeze if you don't close applications. For example, trying to run all Bridge applications at the same time will result is some random Bridge application crash or refusal to start. Error message to the effect that there is not enough graphical memory will start to fill the message center. This is not what I would call great multitasking. I will take task switching any day vs OS crash due to bad resource handling.

    Needless to say that I had to turn the unit back at the end of the test and that I have not missed it a bit. I found the 7inch screen to be a tad small too. If I am going to use a tablet it better be good at doing web display... and the Playbook screen is just too small to be comfortably used to surf the web for a long time.

  1. facebook_Carson

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    Joined: Sep 2011

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    How much is it now?

    And for those who don't know hum much the Playbook normally costs, thanks for not putting in the new price in your...o wait you didn't that right, I had to find out myself by googling it. Great Article!

  1. facebook_Carson

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    Joined: Sep 2011

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    How much is it now?

    And for those who don't know hum much the Playbook normally costs, thanks for not putting in the new price in your...o wait you didn't that right, I had to find out myself by googling it. Great Article!

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