$199 BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is back
RIM's tablet reappears on retailer shelves with deep discounts, the heftiest of which is a $350 price drop on the 32GB model.
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook lives! It is back at retailers sporting the same deep $300 discount as before.
, the retailer now has stock of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.
As of Monday night, Best Buy was selling the 16GB model for $199.99, the 32GB for $249.99, and 64GB for $399.99.
The heftiest discount--$350--is on the 32GB model. The other two models remain at $300 off the regular price.
Take note that the PlayBook does not come with native e-mail, calendar, or contacts applications from RIM--yet (Web-based apps of course are available like Gmail). Those updates are expected next year.
And the 7-inch device is Wi-Fi only. 3G is available only through a somewhat convoluted tethering procedure.
That said, some of the PlayBook's better features include snappy performance, good multitasking--what CNET Reviews describes as being "buttery smooth and a multitasking dynamo"--and a 3-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera, which can capture video at 1080p quality.
The PlayBook is also being discounted at Staples.