BlackBerry PlayBook hits retailers tomorrow
After a long wait, RIM is finally launching its BlackBerry PlayBook across Canada tomorrow, and can be found at all the usual suspects, as well as less tech oriented retailers such as Sears. The latter went so far as to put out a press release suggesting that they would be the best way to buy RIMs 7 inch tablet running the new QNX based OS, offering a “15 day no hassle” return policy.
The WiFi only device eschews adding 3G connectivity, instead aiming at tethering the slate to your existing BlackBerry phone to get the most out of connectivity. While pre-release versions of the device have received mixed reviews, RIM has been releasing software updates on a regular basis, so you shouldn’t be shocked if there’s already an update when you power up your new PlayBook for the first time. In a further enticement, the company as also stated that Android app compatibility will be coming to the device, giving users access to the large market of programs for Google’s popular mobile OS.
Pricing for the PlayBook starts at $499.99 for the 16GB model, and climbs to $699.99 for the 64GB version, with a 32GB model wedged in the middle. The pricing will be the same at all the major retailers, though with a little bit of searching, you can save a few dollars by going to smaller computer shops, such as Canada Computers.