Amid much fanfare and brouhaha at the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, a slightly unforgotten and heavily criticized company called Research in Motion has something new to offer to its loyal Playbook users: BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0. The update is a welcome one for productivity-minded Playbook users as it makes work merry with the introduction of (finally!) a new email client and address book that offers a unified inbox, application integration and ties to social networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn; a new calender app that displays both day and agenda views, along with the individuals you”ll meet during the day; and most importantly BlackBerry Bridge – which aims to bridge the gap between your smartphone and tablet with some neat integration.
Check out the Playbook OS 2.0 in action, courtesy of :
Following in the footsteps of RIM”s BlackBerry Playbook tablet, which reached 12,000 new hands in just 4 days approaching 2012, Motorola”s Xoom tab too intends to join the party with a hefty price cut of their own.
RIM officially announced on December 28 that they are offering the Playbook at a 50% discount, with the offer valid only for a limited period. Today, they revealed some staggering sales figures have spurred them to increase the “offer” by another week. Serves right for a tablet who garnered criticism from all ends after it was initially regarded an iPad-competitor but failed miserably, mainly on the software front. Now, after making quite a few bucks and almost selling out its entire stock, RIM”s hungry for more and knows a price-cut is the only way to sell some BB tabs. And in light of this successful strategy, Motorola”s Xoom is now being retailed at a 44% discount, albeit only by a single online retailer and not officially by Motorola itself.
The 32GB Wi-Fi only model is now available for as low as Rs. 21,500 (44% discount) and the 32GB Wi-Fi 3G model is selling for Rs. 25,000 (29% discount).
There”s no official word yet from Motorola and we don”t really know when the new price will be standardized by the retailers across the country. But what we do know is that the strategy is working. At least on a short-term basis.
You can buy the WiFi only 32GB Xoom for nearly Rs. 10,000 less than the usual price from
Earlier we told you that RIM is selling Blackberry Playbook’s at flat 50% discount.
The offer was only valid till December 31,2011.
To everyone’s surprise RIM has sold 12,000 Playbook’s in four days.This is an amazing sales figure.
The 32 GB and 16GB are completely sold out whereas a few units of 64GB are yet available.
Seeing this welcoming response RIM has extended this sale for one more week.New units of 16GB and 32GB will be shipped very soon to the retailers.Meanwhile retailers can take pre-orders.
The playbook is a seven inch tablet and seems very promising in its price(discounted price) so if you have not yet grabbed one for yourself do grab one as soon as possible.
BlackBerry Playbook-maker Research in Motion today announced that it has slashed prices of its want-away tablet by as much as 50%, bringing down the prices of the tablet to as low as:
- 16GB – Rs 13,490 (previously Rs 27,990)
- 32GB – Rs 15,990 (previously Rs 30,490)
- 64GB – Rs 24,490 (previously Rs 38,990)
Blame it on the iPad or other ‘better and cheaper’ Android tablets, but RIM obviously isn’t satisfied with the sales figures and hence has halved the rates of the Playbook. But hey, before you think they have taken this move to remain competitive in the market, a spokesperson of the company confirmed that this price-cut is just an “offer” considering it’s the holiday season, and that the offer is valid only till the last day of this year.
“We have announced a limited period offer for BlackBerry Playbook. This offer is valid till December 31st 2011.”
The company also claims a software upgrade for the beleaguered tablet is on the cards sometime next year. But is it enough?
Research in Motion (RIM) has managed to offload 250,00 units of its BlackBerry PlayBook to consumers in just its first month, but it still lacks behind the craze that is the iPad. RBC analyst Mike Abramsky believes RIM is on track to sell 500,000 PlayBooks by the end of the quarter, but Apple managed far better success with its iPad and iPad 2.
“Checks at 180 Best Buys show 14% of the 16 GB sold out, 71% of the 32 GB sold out, and 84% of the 64 GB sold out; however, 32 GB/64 GB stockouts appear allocation-related,” he wrote. According to him, the PlayBook units we saw returned are just “nominal” and nothing more should be read into it.
Is the BlackBerry PlayBook better than the Apple iPad/iPad 2?
We already heard a lot about the Blackberry Playbook but there was no news as to when the product will launch but finally the news has arrived.
According to the latest rumor the Blackberry Playbook shall start shipping from March 10.
At the start it will be available to only those who pre-order it.
All Blackberry fans be ready for the all new Blackberry Playbook
As always blackberry has survived in the Smartphone industry because of its Blackberry Messenger Services.
This time the situation is a bit different. It’s the Tablet industry that Blackberry has just entered by introducing its Blackberry Playbook but The Apple iPad has already taken most of the market share and with rumors of a launch of a new Apple iPad 7 inches it would be great to see if Blackberry can keep up with the Apple brilliance.
What we believe is that the Blackberry Messenger will save Blackberry again in the tablet market because there is no such news as yet that Apple is coming out with something similar to the Blackberry Messenger so the corporate sector would thus go to the Playbook.
Any which ways we have compared the Apple iPad and the Blackberry Playbook here
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Apple iPad vs Blackberry PlayBook
More about Blackberry PlayBook here and here
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