We informed you recently about the long overdue announcement of official pricing for RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook. Now that we know it’s going to cost $500 for the WiFi model, how does the price compare to other tablets that are already out or due in the next few months?
The Playbook is a tablet which is very much on a lot of your shopping lists. Likely reasons are the fact that it is more business orientated that the other tablets, although it’s multimedia features are definitely up to par with other tablets on the market. Aside from running on a brand new BlackBerry OS designed specifically for the Playbook, you’ll also get a 1Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and two HD 1080P cameras (5MP back, 3MP front),
Along with the pricing, we now also know that the Playbook will be coming to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, so it will also be 4G supported on Sprint at least. But does the $500 price tag along with the hardware specs and features appeal to you, compared with other tablets?
The entry level WiFi iPad 2 is also priced at $499, while the Motorola Xoom comes in at $599 for the WiFi version. Just this week we learned that the LG G-Slate will be priced at $529 after a $100 mail-in rebate, but this includes 4G support via T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which you don’t get on other tablets. As for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, pricing is yet to be disclosed, but it’s likely to fall between the $499 and $599 price mark for the WiFi version at least.
With this in mind, which tablet offers the best value? We have to say that the G-Slate is a good bet at $529, since that price includes 4G network speeds. Is the BlackBerry Playbook appealing to you at $499 or not?