1. ffosse's Avatar
    or is it likely to be dead as a dodo in a couple months time?

    I ask because it's tempting at that price, and I don't really care about apps except for a decent ereader one.
    12-28-11 07:31 AM
  2. kevinnugent's Avatar
    If you have a BB phone, yes.
    12-28-11 07:32 AM
  3. BBBrooklynFAN's Avatar
    If you are only interested in an ereader, get an ereader. Eink is a million times easier on the eyes than a glass screen.
    12-28-11 07:34 AM
  4. ffosse's Avatar
    No, I have an android phone.. but I don't use it for anything other than calls, texts, or creating a wi-fi hotspot.
    12-28-11 07:34 AM
  5. ffosse's Avatar
    If you are only interested in an ereader, get an ereader. Eink is a million times easier on the eyes than a glass screen.
    I don't like e-ink... and many of my books have photos and diagrams.
    12-28-11 07:35 AM
  6. Bisboxer's Avatar
    In my opinion, worth that and way more!! This is the most underrated device I have ever had the opportunity to own. Even without the coming updated OS it more than meets my needs. To date, I have purchased 4 of them for various family members.
    12-28-11 07:35 AM
  7. ffosse's Avatar
    Well, 169 for the 16Gb is a lot less than the original 400 so it is very tempting for me.
    12-28-11 07:39 AM
  8. ffosse's Avatar
    I clicked on it.. and I collect it tomorrow afternoon after work
    12-28-11 02:28 PM
  9. jafobabe's Avatar
    Well done OP!!

    Now read the Newbie Tips and Tricks by clicking the link below my signature.
    12-28-11 02:38 PM
  10. Unsure2's Avatar
    For the hardware, the price is unbeatable. Software is another story; but, so long as you are happy with the apps it has, you'll be fine. Playbook lacks a native Kindle reader; but, with OS2 Beta, the Android Kindle app works reasonably well.
    12-28-11 02:42 PM
  11. OneArmJack's Avatar
    I bought one a couple of days before Christmas when they first dropped to 169. I was originally planning to wait and drop 500 on a Transformer Prime in January but this was too good to pass up. My thoughts so far:

    Pro
    - The screen is great, very clear and crisp
    - I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality
    - BBC iPlayer works fine; SD quality looks good in full screen. 4OD keeps hanging.

    Cons
    - Lack of 'major' apps - no Skype, no Kindle, no Netflix (they're coming to the UK next year). RIM should swallow their pride and pay for these to be developed for the PlayBook
    - App prices are 1 = $1 although there are ways around this.
    - No local network browsing, so I can't browse my NAS.

    It's worth 169 but probably not a lot more as it stands; I'm hoping that RIM come good with OS2. I have, however, learnt that for me a 10" tablet would be too big and the 7" screen is perfect for my needs, so I have effectively saved myself 330.
    12-28-11 02:53 PM
  12. nasa25's Avatar
    You folks outside of north america are kinda getting screwed by the exchange rate. 169 quid is $267 CAD, quite a bit more than the $199 CAD that its selling for over here.

    Anything over 126 quid is extra profit for RIM (minus any extra selling costs involved in selling the PB in the UK versus North America)
    12-28-11 03:00 PM
  13. robsteve's Avatar
    Does the 169 include VAT? The $199 is before tax, which can be up to 15%.
    12-28-11 03:08 PM
  14. OneArmJack's Avatar
    Add on 20% VAT and we're up to $238; add on shipping + cost of better EU consumer rights and it doesn't feel like we're being screwed.
    12-28-11 03:08 PM
  15. jafobabe's Avatar
    Cons
    - Lack of 'major' apps - no Skype, no Kindle, no Netflix (they're coming to the UK next year). RIM should swallow their pride and pay for these to be developed for the PlayBook
    - App prices are 1 = $1 although there are ways around this.
    - No local network browsing, so I can't browse my NAS.
    As for Skype, you might want to use your browser and go to imo.im.
    Check it out, as other posters here have mentioned this works for them.

    As for Kindle, true it is not on the PB at this time, and I use Kobo once in a while. BUT you can use Amazon web site if you already have Kindle books purchased, and use their cloud services thru the website, I believe.

    As for Netflix, it is not available for PB at this time. BUT surfing through the websites, there are other sites you can watch movies.
    I happen to watch movies from the Amazon website, and have enjoyed the crisp screen and smooth streaming.

    Hope this helps some!
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    12-28-11 03:09 PM
  16. ffosse's Avatar
    The 169 is the final price... still more expensive than N.America, but the cheapest over here.
    12-28-11 03:15 PM
  17. jamesbondOO7's Avatar
    I think it is worth a lot more. I paid €329 for it. That would be 275.
    12-28-11 03:20 PM
  18. robsteve's Avatar
    The 169 is the final price... still more expensive than N.America, but the cheapest over here.
    It is a great price plus the EU PlayBooks come with the more expensive Universal charger with the removable plugs, so country specific plugs can be fitted. In North America, we get the Premium charger.
    12-28-11 03:24 PM
  19. bakes1107's Avatar
    I paid 249 british pounds before xmas from pcworld and slightly gutted that i cud of got a 32gb one for 200, two weeks later.

    any how buy one! amazing as a stand alone unit for web browsing and watching webs. i wasnt expecting much after reading reveiws on here but its amazing. My girlfriend has a ipad and we both agree this is better!

    teamed with my bold 9900 its unbeatable!
    12-30-11 05:38 PM
  20. ADozenEggs@aol.com's Avatar
    Well, 169 for the 16Gb is a lot less than the original 400 so it is very tempting for me.
    At this price you really can't go wrong. I've picked up three of them since X-mas here in New York. I'm not that frugal, I've paid more for jeans than one of these things and I'm sure, come what may, it'll be more useful.

    I have a Droid. You can add the Android Market and get some applications that you're familiar with if you're also using an Android phone.
    12-30-11 05:56 PM
  21. _StephenBB81's Avatar
    As for Skype, you might want to use your browser and go to imo.im.
    Check it out, as other posters here have mentioned this works for them.

    As for Kindle, true it is not on the PB at this time, and I use Kobo once in a while. BUT you can use Amazon web site if you already have Kindle books purchased, and use their cloud services thru the website, I believe.

    As for Netflix, it is not available for PB at this time. BUT surfing through the websites, there are other sites you can watch movies.
    I happen to watch movies from the Amazon website, and have enjoyed the crisp screen and smooth streaming.

    Hope this helps some!

    The Poster is in the UK, so Android, and iPhone Also don't have Netflix as far as I know, so that point doesn't matter
    jafobabe likes this.
    12-30-11 06:01 PM
  22. jafobabe's Avatar
    The Poster is in the UK, so Android, and iPhone Also don't have Netflix as far as I know, so that point doesn't matter
    Thank you! I'll write that down in my notes..... Now where are my glasses....
    12-30-11 06:28 PM
  23. loreburne's Avatar
    The 169 at Currys in the UK includes a FREE Playbook Faux leather convertible case & stand (worth 30 to buy on it own!) BLACKBERRY PlayBook Faux Leather Convertible Case and Stand - Black buy online | Currys
    12-30-11 07:05 PM
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