BlackBerry PlayBook available on the cheap

BlackBerry PlayBook available on the cheapNow that the pesky traditional bit of Christmas has been dealt with, we can now get down to what Crimbo is really about for the vast majority: spending money in the festive sales.

We'd imagine anyone hoping for a bit of BlackBerry PlayBook action no doubt fancied their chances of a bargain coming into December 26, and you're in luck: the unfancied slab has been spotted going for as little as £169.BlackBerry PlayBook available on the cheap

That's at Curry's and PC World, and as you'd imagine it covers the base 16GB model. However, that still represents a better-than-half-price discount from the previous price of £399, which represents a good deal in anyone's books.

A few months ago HP discounted the struggling TouchPad tablet in an even more aggressive discount plan that saw a dramatic surge in sales as tablet types snapped up vast numbers of stock HP had failed to sell at full price.

Given the similar struggles RIM has had in drumming up interest in the PlayBook, it comes as little prize that rumblings of a similar “fire sale” for the unfancied QNX tablet has been hinted at for some time.

And of course this is as good a time as any, so for more info on the PlayBook and which branches have it in stock, head over to the Currys homepage.

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PeteBest  Dec. 26, 2011 at 11:44

HTC flyer for £199 at currys/pcworld is a much better deal. a few quid more gets you something that won't be a dead duck in 6 months time!

really1  Dec. 26, 2011 at 12:15

Whatever you say Pete yeah, gingerbread isn't dead already? Forget Ics/hc on flyer too lol.
PS how "exactly" is the flyer such a better deal when it is single core, no 3g and is not going to be updated by HTC?
Android fanboy or noob? Just wondering.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 26, 2011 at 14:01

The Flyer in the link is 32GB, 3G! 3G ;)
But, personally I agree. though, it's really a matter of personal preference. For an apps-loving Android fan the Playbook is no option.
Hey, cannot argue bout taste ;). :p

PeteBest  Dec. 26, 2011 at 15:31


Not a fanboy or n00b. Just easy to tell a good deal when I see one. The playbook has been on its deathbed since lackluster reviews hit. As for ice/hc upgrades a quick search on xda shows plenty of hc Roms. So the semi-open nature of android will help the flyer, can't say the same for the playbook! Tbh I was more impressed by the hp touchpad than the playbook and the best lease of live that got was cyanogenmod!

icracked  Dec. 27, 2011 at 07:24


The playbook is a better deal over the flyer. If you can include the dev community in your defense of the flyer, then people can use the playbook's community in defense of it. The playbook has been rooted, has twice as much ram, twice as man cortex a9 cores, has access to the same market as the flyer, has an active manufacturer (playbook update frequency vs. flyer update frequency) that has not given up on the device yet. The playbook is a better deal hands-down.

PeteBest  Dec. 30, 2011 at 11:15


It's not the full android market though is it? Lots of apps just won't work due to needing google libraries! So while it may be the same market app, that doesn't mean that it has the full scope of a proper android device! So it still won't have as many apps, unless there is a solution like CM7 on the touchpad with a dual boot system.

It doesn't have twice the RAM BTW either. Both devices have 1gb, and while it has twice as many cores the clock speed of the flyer is 50% faster, so you're not giving the full picture there at all. Oh and HoneyComb official updates are rolling out now for the HTC flyer, sure they're a generation behind, but so are a lot of Android devices

Still not even remotely convinced that it's a better deal, only time will tell I guess.


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