The Wi-Fi only 7in Blackberry Playbook comes in three models, priced £80 apart. There’s the 16GB version for £399; the 32GB BlackBerry PlayBook is £479; £559 gets you 64GB of storage. Incidentally, those prices are exactly the same as the Wi-Fi only iPad 2.
Given the pricing, we’re not convinced that the BlackBerry PlayBook will appeal to anyone other than BlackBerry fans. However, Carphone Warehouse’s Graham Stapleton is more optimistic.
Graham says: “The BlackBerry brand is already highly regarded amongst our customers who are looking for excellent smartphones, and I expect BlackBerry PlayBook to be just as popular.
"The product packs in some fantastic features within a handy travel-friendly size and I’m sure will be well-received. With its speed, HD-capabilities and impressive multitasking BlackBerry Playbook has the potential to impact the tablet market in a significant way.”
The tablet wars are really heating up. For £479 you have the choice of four Wi-Fi only slates, namely the 32GB iPad 2, the 32GB BlackBerry PlayBook, the 32GB Motorola Xoom, or the 16GB Gingerbread-running HTC Flyer.
Er, might be time to rethink your pricing, HTC.