RIM Slashing Price of BlackBerry PlayBook to $199 for the Holidays

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kixofmyg0t

Still too expensive. If it was $49.99 Id think about it.

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FenixSS

Thank you for the replies, very appreciated.

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firefox91

Not a chance. I just dumped my Blackberry because of the lack of apps available for it. I expect nothing different from the Playbook.

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NayusDante

They're still making those???

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Holly Golightly

The difference too is that the Blackberry Playbook also offers 2 webcams while both of those tablets offer none. Larger storage at the same price? To me, it sounds like you win with the Playbook.

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FenixSS

I'm not that familiar with this tablet, and all the reviews I can find are before some changes came out I think.  I understand it uses WebOS, and it's a blackberry, whereas the kindle fire is android.  Can the Playbook still browse the web, watch netflix, is there a e-reader in there, and with two cameras, can it do something like facetime on the iPad, but crossplatform?  Does skype work on it?  I read that for the blackberry marketplace they're running android emulators, does that mean that I can get an Android OS onto it, or just that they're copying apps from Android to Blackberry?

 

I'm very interested in this device due to the price point, but have never used a blackberry before, been an android user for 4 years now.

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Holly Golightly

Oh, the Blackberry Playbook does not use WebOS. It uses its' own OS which is used among all blackberry phones. An update will allow the PlayBook to play Android Apps so you could be able to download things like Skype. You can do webcam chat with Adobe Flash from any site that supports it, which will be the only tablet in the market to offer a full desktop experience. You can not install the Android OS on to it though. I would say the Playbook is wonderful because it has a much more higher storage capacity than the Nook and Kindle Fire combined. You get 2 webcams and full Adobe Flash support. It can also do HTML5. The Playbook is small enough to fit in one hand and has a good build quality to it. I think you would like it.

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themohawkadmin

It does not use WebOS, it uses a custom build of QNX (a unix-like system).  I will agree though that the interface has similar features.  There is no native Netflix app yet, and the web browser does not support Silverlight.  So no Netflix, at least not now.  And yes, it can browse the web, run adobe flash things, html5, etc etc.  It does support PDF and other ebook types.  Skype does not yet work on it, but it can potentially.  The front camera supports video chat.  And no, the android support is really just a port of Dalvik (android's virtual machine) to the playbook so android apps can run natively on it with little to no modification.  

I've played with one quite a bit, and it has a lot of potential.  The QNX operating system runs very well, even under heavy processing load, and the size is just right.  The looming issue is whether or not it will ever see the extent of it's potential.  RIM isn't doing so well these days, it may end up like the HP touchpad.  

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