When we had RIM on-site a few months back I was impressed with the hardware. However, development tools were severely under...developed (*rimtap*). I am not surprised at all to see fewer apps on the platform.
At $200 PB is a good value, not to say a good product until it's long waited android player and more free apps come online. I've used PB in a trip for a whole week, already spent $10 on couple twitter apps, have to say for the most part, this tab is quite fast and joy to use. I'm able to keep it in my pocket while walking around in the hotel and airport. It's $100+ versus $500 iPad, I definitely felt a lot relax when using it everywhere not worry too much about being stolen or lost. While I used to pull my iPhone in this kind circumstances, the 7" screen certainly makes it way easier yet keeping a low profile than someone holding a big tab in hand (that is why there is a market for 5" smartphone as we will see soon from next generation of iPhone and Androids).
The lack of free useful apps is a pain, any app that can function completely as a minimum has a price, this is different from iPad and Android world where plenty of competition generated enough high quality low cost apps. However, two hopes might eventually change this, blackberry has promised an android player in Oct (off market player is already on interne[crackberry.com]t), the future of tablet mobile app is certainly seen in html5 not apps, as much as it's hated by Apple, html5 apps are around the corner.
The other benefit of PB is security, for average consumer, you can't imagine what hacker can do these days on mobile device, especially on Android or any device that's been rooted. If this is your device loaded with your business information or your personal financial information, you almost certainly don't want a rooted tab/phone. These are not virus, or cookie tracking, I'm talking about your email, password, login, your money, and it's only a beginning. People need to think twice what they want to use on their tablet.
At this stage, for $200 you pay for PB's hardware.
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The outspoken TP people, albeit annoying, are doing us all a favor by letting it be known that tablets should be priced lower. If they still have a huge surplus of PlayBooks even after $250, won't there be a chance of a bigger "fire sale"?
It's become clear that a $200-250 Cortex-A9 10" tablet should be possible in the near future, and that sub-$200 for iPad 2 equivalent hardware is reasonable to ask for.
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I just ran over to Staples and bought one. That way if the sale does happen, I can just take my time and get a price adjustment. I had an Acer A500 for about an hour and I didn't like having to hold something that large all the time. If I wanted to carry a tablet that large, I have a netbook and a small laptop that have way more functionality in a similar size. Another thing to consider is that if you're like me and just want to try one out for a while, Staples has a 14-day return policy with no re-stocking fee.
Previous to the Touchpad supersale, anyone would have agreed that $250 for the Playbook was a good deal.
The Playbook has certain qualities and attributes that could make it very attractive to some folks.
The present common price for a 16 gig Touchpad is $250 so if a Playbook suits someone better than a Touchpad, then it's a good time to buy it.
As mentioned by another poster, one can get a price adjustment later if the price drops some more.
The only negative part of this deal is the mail in rebate that lands up costing you tax on an extra $100 and having to wait for your money back.
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