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Kindle Fire Forces Competitors To Slash Prices

Submitted by on October 3, 2011 – 9:19 amOne Comment
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Now available at Best Buy: all BlackBerry PlayBooks, $200 off.

Only hours after Amazon unveiled their potential “iPad killer,” the Kindle Fire, the gadget retailer slashed prices on RIM’s not-so-popular tablet computer. While all eyes are on Apple, some have said the Fire most closely resembles the PlayBook in design, features, and performance. But even with the discount, the cheapest 16GB PlayBook comes in at $299, one hundred more than the 8GB Fire.

Meanwhile, the Barnes & Noble Color Nook was temporarily available for $149.99. Even at normal rates, it’s price has dropped regularly for months. While more of a dedicated reader than the Fire, it also has the capability to become a full-fledged Android tablet with an N2A card or other methods.

While neither of these discounts match the $99 HP tablet fire sale, they still offer deals worth considering, even in the face of the shiny new Fire. As Dan Ackerman points out at CNET, many important details about the Fire are still unknown, and could turn out to be disappointing. In the meantime, the market frenzy has created some worthwhile deals on perfectly reasonable models.

Less than 18 months after the release of the original iPad, these price changes show just what a war the tablet market has become. Could the eventual winner be the new entry from NBC‘s comedy series, The Office?

On last week’s episode, super-employee Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) introduced a tablet from fictional printer company Dunder Mifflin-Sabre: The Pyramid.

No word yet on how much it costs, but it sounds like you’ll need to buy a lot of accessories.

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