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RIM Drops Playbook Price By 66% 302

Posted by timothy
from the harsh-logic dept.
YokimaSun writes "Following on from the news that RIM's partner was pulling the plug on its BlackBerry phones, RIM announced it was discontinuing the 16GB version of its playbook, PC Gaming News are reporting that the PlayBook is being discounted down by as much as 66% which is adding to the demise of RIM's attempt at the tablet market. Can anything stop the all conquering iPad?"
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RIM Drops Playbook Price By 66%

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  • Biased much? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Quakeulf (2650167) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @10:16AM (#40397835)
    From the summary it sounds like an advertisement for the iPad.
  • 66%? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 21, 2012 @10:16AM (#40397837)

    Its been available at 199 for quite a while now, its only 30$ less

  • by Lunix Nutcase (1092239) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @10:23AM (#40397937)

    Yes, it will all be nullified by the bankruptcy proceedings.

  • by LaRoach (968977) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @10:30AM (#40398021)
    When RIM launched the playbook it didn't have native email apps for security reasons. In order to use email and calendaring you had to own a blackberry and tether it or something like that. This lead to a lot of confusion on what it's internet capabilities actually were. See here for some details: http://crackberry.com/why-rim-launching-blackberry-playbook-without-native-email-client-and-why-may-or-may-not-matter-you [crackberry.com]
  • by s7uar7 (746699) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @10:50AM (#40398245) Homepage
    I bought a Playbook just before Christmas when the price dropped to £169 but have just bought an iPad to replace it. The PB hardware and OS are good, what killed it for me were the apps. There's no Kindle, Skype or Netflix, for example, and on the BB app store $1 = £1, so what apps there are felt pricey.
  • Re:Biased much? (Score:5, Informative)

    by WankersRevenge (452399) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @11:16AM (#40398587)

    Nope ... it's just the editor trolling for comments, for the story itself isn't that interesting. This has been happening a lot since Malda left. Apple has become a rather polarizing issue on slashdot so any article with even the slightest mention of Apple tends to draw a lot of people out of the woodwork to throw feces at each other. It must be great for ad revenue, but as a long time reader, I'm quite bored with it and find myself skipping over a lot Apple related discussion even though I'm an iOS dev.

    These days I find myself more at Ars than I do here which is a shame since I used value the discussions here in such high regard. Oh well.

  • Re:No. (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 21, 2012 @11:17AM (#40398601)

    Never said it wasn't. It simply has no market beyond fanbois.

    Lamborghini makes great cars, but they have no market beyond fanbois.

  • by DG (989) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @11:19AM (#40398625) Homepage Journal

    I got a 16Gb the first time they were deeply discounted.

    It was a little buggy at first, but the OS2.0 update completely fixed that.

    It's blazing fast, multitasks, plays Flash, is a decent form factor, and gets incredible battery life. And now it runs Android apps to (I ported Androku over to it to run my Soundbridge - easy)

    For as much as people seem to love throwing rocks at RIM, the Playbook is a great product.

    DG

  • Re:Biased much? (Score:5, Informative)

    by slaker (53818) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @12:05PM (#40399237)

    The RIM tablet doesn't really add anything over and above other 7" tablets that might run Android. Kindle Fire and Nook Color devices can be had for less. All of those really need work with third party firmware to be made legitimately worthwhile.

    I own a whole bunch of tablets, including a (work-provided) ipad2 and several options from first-tier Android OEMs. In general, the best use I've found for them is consumption of ebooks, webcomics and product manuals. My favorite device is an 8.9" Samsung Galaxy, which has the 1280x800 screen resolution of a larger Android tablet but weighs about 2/3rds what the 1" larger ipad2 does. That's a lovely combination of form factor and usability.

    I guess I could get away with doing the same things on my phone as I do with my tablets, but a 4.3" screen really doesn't have the same level of utility as a 7" or larger one.

    And regarding your question, I'm sufficiently annoyed by all the drawbacks to iOS that I would never consider purchasing an Apple device for myself. Data sandboxing and format limitations drive me insane.

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