At this price, the device is 64 percent off.
Admittedly, the BlackBerry PlayBook is over two years old. It was first released for sale on April 19, 2011. While in January the company (originally RIM, but renamed BlackBerry) said the device would be updated to its new BB10 OS, it rescinded that decision in June.
The Playbook currently runs Playbook OS 2.1.
Here's how the sale page described the device:
BlackBerry brings their business tools and knowhow to the world of tablets with the Playbook. Sporting a sharp 7” multi touchscreen and dual HD cameras, the playbook is perfect for taking photos, watching 1080p HD videos and video conferencing. If you have a blackberry phone you will love the BlackBerry Bridge which allows pairing with a BlackBerry Smartphone for internet browsing and more!
BlackBerry made sure that the PlayBook had everything it needed to be a reliable workhorse including a 1.0GHz dual core processor, 64GB of storage, Adobe Flash 10.2 and HTML5 support, Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is designed to operate for up to 10 hours on a single charge, and can run apps simultaneously for true multitasking.
- 7" multi-touch screen LCD (1024x600p resolution) capacitive screen
- 1.0GHz dual core processor
- 1.0GB RAM
- 64GB internal memory
- BlackBerry Tablet OS
- Multitasking runs apps simultaneously and in real time
- HTML5 web support with Flash 10.2 enabled
- WiFi a/b/g/n built-in
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- 5MP HD rear camera
- 3MP HD front camera, supports video chat
- MicroUSB port
- Micro HDMI port
- Stereo sound
- BlackBerry App World access
- BlackBerry Bridge: pair a BlackBerry smartphone with PlayBook, share apps and internet connection
- Up to 10 hours of battery life
- Weighs less than a pound (0.9 lbs.)
- Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4"
According to the 1 Sale a Day website, orders will take 1-2 weeks (not days) to ship.
The BlackBerry Playbook has been both lauded and reviled. It's biggest issues have been a lack of application support as well as rivals that have outstripped the device in popularity and usage. Among them are the ubiquitous iPad and Android tablets such as the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3.
Long-term expectations for the device are muted, at best. However, BlackBerry CEO Thorston Heins said in late June that "We will, however, support PlayBook on the existing software platforms and configurations."
He said this at the same time as he killed the BB10 on PlayBook project.