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BlackBerry PlayBook
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook pricing mirrors that of the iPad 2

RIM first announced its 7" PlayBook tablet way back in September of 2010. Here we are six months later, and RIM is just now getting around to revealing pricing for the tablet.

Best Buy has the 16GB PlayBook (Wi-Fi model) on pre-order for $499.99. Even though pricing has been made available, we still don't have a shipping date for BlackBerry's answer to the iPad/iPad 2. The 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi models should be priced at $599 and $699 respectively, mirroring the pricing of Apple’s iPad 2.

In addition to Best Buy, the PlayBook will be available at a number of U.S. retailers including Office Depot, Stales, and Radio Shack. It will also be available from the three largest U.S. wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint). 

"The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet that is already being widely praised as a multi-tasking powerhouse with an uncompromised web experience and an ultra-portable design," said Mike Lazaridis, President & Co-CEO, Research In Motion. "Given the high level of customer interest in the BlackBerry PlayBook, we are particularly pleased to be working with such an amazing lineup of retail partners." 

The PlayBook features a 7" (1024x600) display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, HDMI output, and dual cameras (5MP rear, 3MP front). The 0.9-pound PlayBook runs RIM's BlackBerry Tablet OS.

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Weak entry
By invidious on 3/22/2011 8:15:41 AM , Rating: 2
One of the worst parts of the ipad is its screen resolution at 1024×768, and this thing is even worse at 1024x600. Motorola has the right idea with the Xoom, focusing on things the ipad does poorly to get a foothold in a different part of the tablet market.

RE: Weak entry
By CrazyBernie on 3/22/2011 8:18:03 AM , Rating: 3
You forgot about the smaller screen... and for the same pricing as the ipad/2 ... that's an awesome strategy... for /fail.

RE: Weak entry
By Rage187 on 3/22/2011 8:55:58 AM , Rating: 2
yeah, that is going to be the killer. It is not just 2"s either. With the switch to WS, it is 50% less viewing area than an ipad for the same cost?

They would have done better at $399.

RE: Weak entry
By Mitch101 on 3/22/2011 8:46:29 AM , Rating: 3
Thats not worse that's better when you have a higher density of pixels otherwise iPad 3 and iPhone 4 using the retina screens make the device worse.

1024×768 on a 10 inch screen IPS at 132 ppi
1024x600 on a 7 inch screen IPS at 169 ppi

What a name ....
By Mjello on 3/22/2011 7:24:30 AM , Rating: 2
A little too close to playboy don't you think lol

RE: What a name ....
By Omega215D on 3/22/2011 8:41:20 AM , Rating: 2
Considering that Blackberry is known for business devices Playbook is a fitting name.

The pricing options on this tablet seem pretty nice but its success still depends on dev support.

I am looking at this and the HP Touchpad with WebOS as they both seem pretty interesting.

RE: What a name ....
By Mitch101 on 3/22/2011 8:48:14 AM , Rating: 2
I was actually thinking of football when I heard the name.

Look forward to playing with a Playbook
By Denigrate on 3/22/2011 9:36:56 AM , Rating: 2
Can't wait 'til it's in a store so I can play around with one of these. I like the 7" screen, and think that the 10" screens are just too large. The resolution is pretty much perfect for this size device.

By Johnmcl7 on 3/22/2011 12:46:06 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, when trying out a Galaxy Tab initially I thought the size was a much better balance between a smartphone and netbook/ultralight compared to the 10in tablets which feel a bit on the large side. Buying the Tab has only reinforced the advantage of a 7in tablet.


Definitely a good contender
By vision33r on 3/22/2011 10:34:39 AM , Rating: 2
This device has on paper better specs than the iPad 2 except for the processor but it's competitive.

It's got Flash and Adobe AIR, out of box, Not even Xoom had it.

The price is right for this device.

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