So you didn’t get a chance to pick up a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for under $200 when they were available in November? Don’t worry, the 7 inch tablet will be on sale again after Christmas.
Update 12/19/2011: Some stores are already selling the tablets for $199 and up.
The folks at SprintFeed got a leaked copy of the Sprint after-Christmas sale promotion, and the US wireless retailer will be selling PlayBook tablets for $199.99 from December 26th through January 7th.
The BlackBerry PlayBook has a 1 GHz TI OMAP4 dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. There are also 32GB and 64GB models available.
While the tablet looks a lot like the Amazon Kindle Fire, it has volume buttons, more storage and memory, and front and rear cameras. The PlayBook also runs BlackBerry Tablet OS instead of Android — but if you install BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 beta you can install and run many Android apps on the tablet.
If you’re a bit more adventurous, you can also root the PlayBook and install the Google Android Market which makes finding and installing third party Android apps much simpler.
There are still some things the PlayBook can’t do. A number of Android apps won’t run properly because the PlayBook doesn’t have the hardware to support them. And if you’re sticking with the stock BlackBerry operating system the selection of third party apps is even weaker.
But the PlayBook is still a pretty great piece of hardware for $200.
There is no microSD slot on the Blackberry Playbook.
Whoops, my bad. I’ve updated the post.
Though, if you have a Blackberry Phone then you can use the Phone’s microSD with a bridge connect to the Playbook.
While it’s not easy to get the Playbook to browse a network, you can access the Playbook from a computer over wifi and move files to and from the internal storage.
Though you could set up a file server from another computer, like with Orb Caster (set to stream Flash), and get the Orb App for the Playbook to then be able to stream pretty much anything you have to the Playbook.
Hopefully the 2.0 update in maybe Feb 2012 will address that and other issues.
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