RIM calling time on 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM calling time on 16GB BlackBerry PlayBookThinking of getting yourself a BlackBerry PlayBook anytime soon? Um OK, well I'll tell you anyway. It seems the entry-level 16GB variant is being phased out, leaving just the 32GB and 64GB models in RIM's tablet lineup.

The company has confirmed that production of the entry-level model has ceased, and that once current stocks are sold out that'll be that.

It's safe to say the last couple of years haven't been easy for RIM, and you'd have to say the PlayBook will probably go down as the least successful new product in the company's history.

Troubled by bugs, a lack of developers support, missing features and an unclear message, the PlayBook was slated from day one, and has never really recovered.

“There is more value for our customers in the higher capacity models (32GB, 64GB),” a RIM statement revealed by way of explanation, “and as such we have decided to focus our efforts here.”

There may be value for the customer, but there continues to be little value in the tablet market for RIM itself: the 16GB version originally went on sale a year ago for £400, with the top-end 64GB model costing £560. These days, though, a brand new 64GB PlayBook will set you back just £239, while the 16GB comes in at just £169 – while stocks last.

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Pondlife  Jun. 8, 2012 at 11:45

So when stocks of the 16gb sell out in about 2015 there won't be any more. Hmmm.

Stelph  Jun. 8, 2012 at 13:28

From the limited number of plays ive had with the playbook I have to say I did like it, more so than the Android tablets to be honest (mostly due to the well thought out gesture controls and how smooth the OS was), however unfortunalty RIM fell into the usual trap that Android tablet manufacturers fall into of matching a lot of the specs/features that the iPad has rather than trying to beat them.

For example, full HDMI and full USB support would have been excellent, or a least a dock that could be used to extend the USB and HDMI support. Also memory expansion or a memory reader would have been appreciated

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 8, 2012 at 14:43

Did they ever release that Android app emulator they were going on about, or does the PlayBook still only have about 4 apps?

Pondlife  Jun. 8, 2012 at 16:23

From the limited number of plays ive had with the playbook I have to say I did like it, more so than the Android tablets to be honest (mostly due to the well thought out gesture controls and how smooth the OS was), however unfortunalty RIM fell into the usual trap that Android tablet manufacturers fall into of matching a lot of the specs/features that the iPad has rather than trying to beat them.

For example, full HDMI and full USB support would have been excellent, or a least a dock that could be used to extend the USB and HDMI support. Also memory expansion or a memory reader would have been appreciated


I did like it after os2 but gesture controls weren't that intuitive.

I thought it had full hdmi, what doesn't it do?

Did they ever release that Android app emulator they were going on about, or does the PlayBook still only have about 4 apps?

Kind of, think they made it so that it's easy for developer to port apps but you can't just run all android ones, and several of the important ones didn't work. They wanted to keep control of pricing and access for the end user. Ultimately with a user base of just over a million last I read there isn't much incentive for devs.

Stelph  Jun. 11, 2012 at 14:12

Sorry, should have been clear, it does have HDMI out but its micro-HDMI, itd be nice to have a full sized port insead of needing an adapter/specific cable

Pondlife  Jun. 11, 2012 at 14:29

Thought micro was pretty standard on portable devices.

Stelph  Jun. 12, 2012 at 11:23

True, maybe im asking a bit too much then, still I think the point I was making was that Apple have shyed away from providing a range of connectivity as standard (only providing dongles as connectivity), Android should use that as an advantage and provide more connectivity as standard, but so far they seem to be following Apples example. Poor choice

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