Retailers are back to offering the PlayBook tablet device for a lucrative $199. The price applies to the base 16 GB version of the tablet while the same with 32 GB and 64 GB on-board will set one back $249.99 and $399.99 respectively. BestBuy and Office Depot are currently offering the PlayBook at these prices while Staples is charging a higher $299 price tag for only the 32 GB version. The $199 price tag may have proved lucky for the PlayBook with the tablet finding buyers in increasing numbers, something that it lacked with the original price of $499. The PlayBook has already sold out at several locations and its hardly surprising retailers are sticking to the special $199 price point to ensure consumer ‘craze’ for the PlayBook remains intact.
As for reasons to opt for the PlayBook, well its makers may not be going through the best of times right now though it will be still too early and utterly foolish to write off RIM and its ability to deliver a superior tablet device just yet. Surely, all that has not worked for the PlayBook so far is almost entirely due to its operating system and RIM knows that too well. The latest update to PlayBook OS 2.0 beta does address a lot of issues if not all. Like the PlayBook is a better performer post the update that also allows the tablet to play host to at least some Android apps. RIM has promised full Android support by February which is why opting for the PlayBook does make sense.
The PlayBook can also be a better buy in comparison to the Kindle Fire as the PlayBook is a full fledged tablet device with twice the RAM and storage along with other goodies such as a microphone, and front and rear cameras. The much awaited update that RIM promised will open up the gates to Android app on the PlayBook and will make the tablet a complete device though what remains to be seen is whether the special discounted price will still be offered. However, the PlayBook then will almost be a year older while its compatriots will have moved a generation ahead.
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