BlackBerry PlayBook sales better than new iPad in the UK

BlackBerry PlayBook sales better than new iPad in the UK
Well, this is certainly something we did not expect to see, but perhaps it will set the tone for the highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 announcement.

British electronics company Context announced that the PlayBook outsold the newest generation iPad by a fairly sizable margin during the last two months of 2012. Based on the sales channels that Context monitors (which does not include Apple’s own retail locations), the newest generation iPad saw 113,000 units move in November in December. Over the same two month period, retailers sold 160,000 PlayBook tablets. Behind the iPad was the Nexus 7 (105,000), Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (85,000) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch (60,000).

Taken together, all generations of the iPad totaled 203,000 units during that time, but even then, the PlayBook’s sales performance is pretty impressive in the face of the popular iPad. One of the primary factors contributing to these sales is price. PlayBook prices start at £129 ($203) whereas the iPad starts much higher at £399 ($628).

Trends are showing a movement toward a “price driven” market which does not favor Apple’s products. Research in Motion is also believed to be adding incentives which further bring price relief to the consumer and increase the margin to the retailer. If RIM is able to maintain that model for the near future, it may just provide enough fuel to find a willing user base to embrace the Canadian manufacturer’s handsets as well.

BlackBerry most certainly has a loyal user base in Britain, and today’s announcement in New York may fan the flames for more ‘Berry sales – handsets and tablets alike. RIM certainly will not mind, and despite its dismal beginnings, the PlayBook is a very capable 7-inch tablet.

sources: The Channel via BGR



12. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

I'm from the UK and I only know one person with a BB Playbook (my father) and that only cost him £129.99 for 64GB.

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

nice.....i think ima go check it out on youtube see some reviews on this one

4. wendygarett unregistered

I wish to see bb10 version of playbook tho... How about you? :)

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

yea which ever is newest I suppose.. :)

2. wendygarett unregistered


7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Why? you just gave your money to Apple for 128GB iPad? :D :D

14. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

more awkward is that nexus 7 is outshine by PlayBook, which is not even market that much! they keep on saying nexus 7 is the best tablet for its price!

1. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Ive seen the playbook as low as 140$ nib state side. And 100$ refurbished. Yet why isnt it selling like hotcakes here? Cause price isnt always everything. People just dont want cheap things that want nice and reliable also.

5. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Why dont those folks simply buy a nexus 7 :O ? hmmm...

6. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Thats what Im thinking...

9. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Duh.....not everyone wants Android!!!

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

agree! f**k android!

15. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

ohkkkk But whats in a Playbook that the Nexus 7 doesnt have ? (Im asking bcoz there is plenty in Android that BB doesnt have)

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I didnt really hear bad things about the Playbook. Its nice IMO....I dont know about reliable.

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