BlackBerry PlayBook price slashed to £169

UK retailers have slashed the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook to £169. Worth considering, or is that still too expensive?

UK retailers have slashed the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook to a mere £169, in a move that mirrors the stock-shifting price crash that befell the HP TouchPad.

Right now you can bag a 16GB PlayBook for just £169 from Carphone Warehouse, while the 32GB and 64GB versions will set you back £199 and £329 respectively.

Identical prices can be found at PC World and Currys, while Dixons doesn't seem to have the 32GB version in stock, and is flogging the 64GB version for £409.

The PlayBook has already had its price slashed -- back in October the cost of acquiring this troubled tablet was lowered to £250.

This second price drop confirms what we already knew -- that RIM's tablet has failed to make an impact. HP was forced to massively reduce the price of the HP TouchPad after it abandoned the webOS operating system that powered it, slapping a £90 sticker on the doomed tablet.

While £169 is an enormous discount for the PlayBook, in all honestly we're still not sure it's worth it. You could save your cash and buy a tablet that's significantly better instead, such as the Asus Transformer Prime or the iPad 2 .

The PlayBook impressed us with its speedy multi-tasking and slick interface, but it's light on features and has an extremely unimpressive app selection when compared with iOS or Android.

Are we wrong? Is this slashed price the perfect time to snap up a PlayBook? Tell us in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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