RIM Slashes BlackBerry Playbook Prices– Again
For the second time in a month, troubled tech maker Research In Motion has dropped prices on their BlackBerry Playbook tablet, now to an unbelievable $199 for 16GB. The 32GB model can be had for $249, and the 64GB for $299.
Just a few weeks ago, the company reduced prices on all models to $299 (raising eyebrows as critics wondered why anyone would pay more for less memory). At the time, the company publicly admitted it had suffered huge losses, and was trying to move the product off shelves anyway it could. Since then, angry shareholders final pushed out the unpopular CEOs, but new head Thorstein Heins has yet to get many excited.
But is the PlayBook worth it, even at these bargain prices? And even if it is for now, is it a good idea to invest in a tablet that could be endangered? Rick Broida at CNET has concerns:
On the other hand, there’s no way to expand the available storage [of a PlayBook], as you can with, say, the $199 Lenovo IdeaPad A1…. And let’s not forget: the latter runs Android. RIM’s OS is, by most accounts, fast, fluid, and pleasant, but its future is uncertain. In short order you could find yourself with a tablet that app developers have more or less abandoned.
What do you think? Is this deal worth taking?