Finally, some pricing info from the other guys
In the ever secretive world of tablet pricing, RIM has finally decided to let the world know the pricing on their new Playbook, which is up for pre-order now at Best Buy. The new Tablet, which needs a tethered Blackberry phone to
work check email, is coming at you for only $499 for the 16Gb model, and will be available sometime this Spring. The 32GB and 64Gb will both run $600 and $700 respectively. The Playbook has looked pretty darn good in the bits and pieces we have seen of it here at NBT, but the fact remains that this is a 7″ device which can’t operate independently on its own. What good is that? Why the heck would I want to be tethered to my phone to check email? If interested, the tablet is also available from Staples, Office Depot and RadioShack, as well asAT&T, Sprint and Verizon if you prefer the freedom beyond wi-fi. Hit the break to see who else dropped the pricing bomb.
And just like that, T Mobile detailed the pricing for that 3D G Slate from LG that will come this Spring as well. The 8.9″ Honeycomb packing tablet will run you $529.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and that’s only if you agree to a two-year contract, according to Engadget. I’m not sure 3D is worth that much once you add in those monthly payments for 2 years, but I’m sure a couple of the folks out there might think otherwise. Who knows, those T Mobile 4G speeds might be worth it? Of course, AT&T might be where you want to end up in a year in the middle of that 2 year contract.
Anyone else starting to think that Apple will keep their insane lead in the tablet market? It really is a shame, but who’s really in the market to compete? Here we have 2 tablets, at the same price point or higher than the iPad, with smaller screens and less apps in their respective markets. Take the other things out, you can’t price a tablet with a smaller screen at the same price point of the bigger screen. These idiots running these tech companies simply don’t get it.
source: Engadget (G Slate), Engadget (Playbook)
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