BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Available for Pre-Order at Office Depot

I saw in the recent email from Office Depot that they are taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.  The PlayBook has a 1GHz processor, 7″ touchscreen, built-in WiFi, and dual cameras for HD video conferencing.  The PlayBook supports Adobe Flash and offers seamless BlackBerry integration.  It’s available in 16GB ($499.99), 32GB ($599.99), and 64GB ($699.99) versions.  There’s a limit of one per customer, while supplies last.

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  • Ken S April 2, 2011, 11:11 pm

    As long as they make it pretty much mandatory that you have a Blackberry phone in order to really use the Playbook it’s pretty much destined for failure.

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  • PC April 4, 2011, 6:26 pm

    Allegedly you will be able to tether to other phones besides the Blackberries via bluetooth.

    http://crackberry.com/internet-tethering-blackberry-playbook-tablet-bluetooth

    OfficeMax is also taking pre-orders for the Playbook.

    http://www.officemax.com/home/custom.jsp?id=m8480482&EDID=NF42QD-MJ5PO-YFLCZ-PPT9KB-24Y42-v1&cm_mmc=Email-_-promo2-_-wk14-_-LearnMore

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  • Raj April 4, 2011, 11:48 pm

    iPad killer has arrived :D

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  • Todd April 5, 2011, 5:18 am

    You do not need a BlackBerry phone to use the PlayBook. You can tether with ANY phone.

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  • Random Nerd April 5, 2011, 9:13 am

    Methinks you are confusing Hz and bytes: “The PlayBook has a 1GB processor…”

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  • Janet Cloninger April 5, 2011, 11:44 am

    @Randon Nerd It was a typo. When you type GB and GHz as often as I do, it just happens sometimes…

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  • Ken S April 5, 2011, 11:56 am

    Yes, but can you get your email and calendar and keep them synched?

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  • Random Nerd April 5, 2011, 11:59 am

    @Janet, sorry if I sounded snarky. I knew it was a typo. :) Now, is it dual core? What kind of processor is it? (I imagine they’re not releasing specs yet?)

    Anyway, don’t see how this is going to compete against my iPad.

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  • Janet Cloninger April 5, 2011, 12:19 pm

    @Random Nerd No problem! Actually, they have a spec sheet hidden on the PlayBook page at BlackBerry. It says it has 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB memory. If you want to see the specs, go to the playbook page, and you’ll find the “download specs” link on that bar under the slideshow – hidden over to the right.

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  • Janet Cloninger April 5, 2011, 12:22 pm

    @Ken S The spec sheet I told Random Nerd about in the comment above this one says “Wirelessly connect to your BlackBerry® smartphone* for real time access to:
    Email, calendar, address book, task list and BBMT”

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