Blackberry Playbook gets the firesale treatment

If at first you don't succeed, slash the prices and hope you can move inventory. That is the method that HP took with its tablet and the Blackberry Playbook is now following that path up in Canada where it is on sale for $199.99

The price cut, at least at BestBuy, is only available to those in Canada, but with Black Friday right around the corner here in the US, you can expect that price to be extended to the US. 

With the PlayBook now in the same territory as the Kindle Fire, your options in the $200 tablet market have just been expanded. Is the PlayBook right for you? Well, that's a question you need to answer but at $200.00, it is dangerously close to the impulse purchasing territory and will certainly help remove the stock from retailers warehouses. 

Thanks for the tip Colin

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still not going to buy... at least TouchPad had some style and quality in their product.....
playbook is just a crapware in my opinion....

Its sold out online now, so you'll have to go out in public in order to buy one. Still, both of those things are a bad idea (buying a PlayBook and going out in public.)

Spec's wise, it appears this has much more going for it than the Kindle Fire. There's HDMI output, front and rear facing cameras, volume buttons, 1GB of ram and bluetooth. The proc specs is about the same as the Kindle Fire.

Anyone get Android or CyanogenMod on one of these yet? Some web searching suggests there is. Blackberry's OS is on its way out so I would probably get this and install Android if I was so inclined to.

Anyway, if people want tablets on the cheap I suspect that market will be flooded this time next year with Android based tablets. Windows 8 at the end of next year will just add even more pressure to drive prices down. Unless you want to buy something right on release, waiting 6 months will probably result in significant savings, I suspect.

Too bad you have to be a BB user to get the most out of it.
Can't do any 4G stuff unless you pair it with your BB.

PoS product in my opinion, tying it to the phone in order to get the most functionality from the device was just dumb.
No price is cheap enough to warrant the use of a Blackberry.

Lol at the bashing, I bet none of you guys have even used this device. Yea certain things are missing we get it, but from my use with it I've noticed it has only gotten better.

As for the kindle Fire why would I pay 200 for something that isn't a full android tablet and seriously under-powered?

That is like a Mercedes and a Pontiac at the same price and you buying a Pontiac, if Apps are your only reason then your stupid to think this is enough to warrant one over the other because one has a solution that is being implemented whereas with your other choice the only solution is to buy something different.

I would bite at $99, the touchpad was a better purchase by far...there is no dev support for the playbook as far as homebrew or android ROM support go

Cash Money Billionaire said,
I would bite at $99, the touchpad was a better purchase by far...there is no dev support for the playbook as far as homebrew or android ROM support go

I believe 2.0 version of the O.S. will have Android App Support, and the OS will be available to first-gen devices too

We have 5 of them at my office as we do develop apps for them; only a few are for the public though, rest are for corporations; big brands like them for corporate use. The WebKit SDK is fantastic, the dev experience on the PlayBook is quite nice.

nX07 said,

I believe 2.0 version of the O.S. will have Android App Support, and the OS will be available to first-gen devices too

We have 5 of them at my office as we do develop apps for them; only a few are for the public though, rest are for corporations; big brands like them for corporate use. The WebKit SDK is fantastic, the dev experience on the PlayBook is quite nice.

Thanks for the info I had no idea...I should look into the playbook further...you think there is any chance for an Android port to the playbook, like cyanogen?

Well they're all sold out in Canada. Bought one myself and a co-worker bought another one. With the BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 able to run Android apps at full speed, it seemed like a no-brainer really.

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