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RIM Discontinues 16GBlackBerry PlayBook

By June 11, 2012March 6th, 2023Blog

RIM’s 16GB PlayBook isn’t generating enough revenue with its price tag of $199, so the company has decided to discontinue it completely. However, RIM does plan to continue to manufacture the 32GB and 64GB models.

Most tablet manufacturers are struggling because they’re competing with the iPad, which dominates sales in the tablet market. RIM has faced significant trouble since getting involved in the tablet market. The iPad and the Kindle Fire take up around 60% of the market alone, while the other 40% is split between assorted Android-based devices such as the Galaxy Tab.

Early last year, in an attempt to gain some footing, the company slashed the price of the 16GB model of the PlayBook from $499 to $199. The move was said to be limited time only, but the price was made permanent just a few months later. The 16GB PlayBook has all of the features anyone could need, from GPS to HDMI outputs. However, the PlayBook was released before the application boom, and it doesn’t allow the installation of such applications to “expand the usefulness of the machine.”

Still, the PlayBook has good reviews and has been called “more stable than any Android platform based tablet.” If you’re just looking for a tablet that runs e-mail and e-books with ease, the BlackBerry isn’t a bad choice.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.