Pre-orders open for BlackBerry PlayBook

Pre-orders open for BlackBerry PlayBookIf you haven’t been entirely put off by the poor reception it received Stateside, or the recent news of unit recalls, you can pre-order your BlackBerry PlayBook now from Carphone Warehouse.

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.

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emmajk42 / MOD  May. 17, 2011 at 14:49

Hard to believe they are taking pre-orders but there's still no official UK release date for it.

cex  May. 17, 2011 at 16:57

Yet CEX have a 16GB one in stock at Aylesbury. Can't of been that good.

lifeislikeaboxofchocs  May. 17, 2011 at 17:15

umm when did the htc flyer receive gingerbread?

martinwallis  May. 18, 2011 at 10:05


Erm....since it was released


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