RIM's PlayBook Tablet in Desperate Need of a Price Cut

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Brad Nimbus

I'm not a fan of the playbook at all. It just seems pointless to me RIM really needs to step their game up

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Holly Golightly

I really, really want this tablet. I am willing to pay $700 they are asking for with the 64GB version. It is just, as a college student, this money does not come out of thin air. If I am going to get a tablet. Any tablet... It would only be the Blackberry Playbook. It is nice and small, fits in my purse, and feels good to hold. It is also easy to type on. Overall, no other tablet comes close to design and build quality of the Playbook. Yes, the price is a bit high though... But I feel it is well worth it solely based on hardware.

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Jorsh

With all the missing features and lack of 3rd party support, why get this tablet over an android or ios tablet?  Even still, why pay MORE than those other alternatives?

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Holly Golightly

I have an Android phone that is almost incompatable with anything. Most of the time, when I install a new app, they just force shutdown... Rendering the app useless for the version of Android I have. Indeed, Android is by far the most fragmented OS out there. I know iOS is popular... But I do not like the design of the hardware. Curved in the back, the glass is at the very corner of the bezel. It seems very fragile, and I really do not feel like carrying a tablet of that size when a 7" can fit in my purse just fine. The Playbook just feels easier to hold and type with. Yeah, it is expensive, but it offers the quality hardware I desire from a tablet. When they do cut down the price, I am more likely to get it. But for now, I know everyone want gigantic 10" tablets with rounded backs.

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big_montana

The Android "fragmentation" has more to do with the manufactureres slapping their own UI's on top of Android causing the incompatibility issues you face, Motorola is the biggest culprit as their Motoblur is just unstable to say the least. Google should have followed suit with Apple and Microsoft and allowed no changes to the OS, native Android only. The stock Android phones happen to be the most stable ones. Also, Lenovo does have a series of tablets in the size you are looking for coming our shortly running stock Android starting at $200, plus they add about 30 useful applications to them including a print app(so you can print to any printer), among others, not to mention they have what the Playbook is lacking, an email client, address book and calendar. Playbook may not get those until next year when they iron out the wrinkles with BES and QNX.

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DasHellMutt

I was beginning to think I was the only one who understood what a terrible thing this android skinning stuff is. You're absolutely right that its the cause of all the fragmentation. If not for all of the customization that OEMs are doing, they would have been able to roll out updates to newer versions of the OS as they appeared. Instead they just made new devices rather than do all the work to customize a new version of the OS for old hardware. Google needs to take back control over its OS to mandate compatibility with a standard driver library and prevent any changes to the UI by OEMs. Then OS updates can roll out when Google says so rather than OEMs or carriers.

 

Imagine if PC manufacturers were allowed to completely rework the Windows UI for each new model. Imagine if you had to wait on Dell or HP to decide when your machine got a Windows service pack It would be absolute chaos!

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Zoandar

It's about time one of these manufacturers reap their deserved rewards for rushing half-baked products out the door. They are getting what they deserve, thanks to sources like MaxPC who tell consumers up front when a new product is lacking in basic features most buyers would assume are always going to be there.

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Jorsh

It's appalling that they're trying to sell the thing for $499 - $699.

http://store.shopblackberry.com/Product/Product/PRD-38548-002

What's this tablet doing that would set it apart in the market?

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