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BlackBerry Playbook only $299 at Staples

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BlackBerry Playbook only $299 at Staples
Looks like Best Buy isn’t the only major retailer slashing the price of the BlackBerry Playbook as Staples is now offering the 7-inch tablet for a price of only $299 for the 16GB, WiFi model.

The original price of the BlackBerry PlayBook was $499. It is no secret that it didn’t sell well, so hopefully a drop in price will give RIM some insight as to the proper price point for a tablet such as the PlayBook. The 32GB and 64GB models also received price drops to $399 and $499 respectively.

Despite the fact that it never really took off, the PlayBook is actually a very nice tablet. Other than its high-resolution 7-inch display, the PlayBook is powered by dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The user interface is different than what you would find on BlackBerry smartphones. It is a QNX based operating system that brings webOS like cards to the tablets main screen for easy multitasking.

Web browsing on the PlayBook is also quite a treat. The WebKit browser supports both HTML-5 and Adobe Flash Player 10.1. Rounding out the tablet experience is a set of cameras. A 5 megapixel camera occupies the rear while a 3 megapixel shooter is perched on the front.   

For only $299 you can’t really go wrong here. There are no rebates and no catches. For a price like this, is anybody going to head to their local Staples to pick up a BlackBerry PlayBook?

source: Berry Review  

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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 11:05

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


for another Benjamin off i would buy this purely for the browsing experience. that's where this thing truly excels with it's OMAP4430 and it's light browser with full Adobe Flash. it's a real delight. when it gets Flash Player 11 with Stage 3D support it'll be amazing.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 11:12

2. lolz (unregistered)


Had it...returned it. It was overpriced then. T

hese are the price points they should've come out at the very beginning to spark sales.

Will wait for 32Gb to do down to 299 and and 16Gb to 199 to get it...

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 11:13

3. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Might have to pick this up. I have been wanting this playbook since it was announced. $299 is affordable.

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