dealsblackberry 32gb playbook 7" touchscreen tablet…

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If you're looking for one of these, keep an eye on Cowboom today as they are having a flash sale. They usually seem to have a ton of Playbooks on their flash sales. Just saw a 7" 16GB for $99 and this model for $125.

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Good point, landsiv, but remember that cowboom is a refurb site often scratch and dent missing components such as chargers. This is brand new for $25 more with free shipping and access to local returns. Still if the $25 is a big deal cowboom is there.

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Great piece of hardware. I had one for 29 days and returned it. I loved it but the serious lack of apps, especially Netflix, killed it for me. Great front facing speakers.

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Wow, I paid full price week of launch.

This is a good price. Apps are still very poor.

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Can you not flash another version of Android on here and have access to any apps you want?

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This is the 3rd PB I've purchased. One for myself a year ago for $180, 16gb model. Another for my gf at the same price a couple months ago. Now this, amazing price for the 32gb, as a Christmas gift. Highly underrated piece of tech this is. Plenty of apps, over 70k.

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BlackBerry is an app ghetto. If you want any particular app, it's probably not available for BB.

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But watch out for cowboom. I bought a Cruz T105 tablet on their recent sale and it arrived looking perfect -- no scratches or dents, but perfectly inert. Dead a a doornail. You'd think they might at least test to see that a unit would turn on before shipping it.

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@chabala: Meh... I could care less. They have any important ones that I'd want... and any that they don't there are alternatives.

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Forgot to mention, this is deal of the day, so time is limited! Good wooting!

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website is now showing $159 for me... still might be a good deal. I'm seeing that it might be possible to side-load the Android market onto this thing and bypass the limited BB app store... anyone have any good experience doing this?

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Although you can't dual boot or load android on these (that I'm aware of), you can sideload android applications that are packaged appropriately. More information is available here: http://www.berryreview.com/2011/10/27/crowdsourced-list-of-android-apps-that-work-on-the-playbook-os-2-0-beta-sideloading/

For what it's worth, I agree with the others that said it is underrated hardware and would add that even the software is slick to use. That said, the available apps are the downfall.

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when you add to cart and proceed to check out, the price will be $149.

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$189 at Office Depot for the 64GB.

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I got a Playbook from a friend of mine who let the batter run down all the way and it would never turn on again. I'm not sure if RIM ever fixed that particular glaring flaw but...if they haven't...beware!
No amount of charging or "stack charging" ever got my device to charge again. Check the http://supportforums.blackberry.com forums if you're not familiar.

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@offline999: Your car ever break down? I'm sure it has... There's always a chance something will happen, doesn't mean every Playbook has this issue. iFads and Android tablets experience the same issues.

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@offline999: I have ran mine down multiple times leaving it streaming music or something when I went to bed and it is running just fine after plugging it in.

Most days it sits in it's doc all day to stream internet radio at work.

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@rld082982: This Playbook didn't "break down" it suffers from a design flaw that is faily well documented if anyone cares to do a search. Numerous users have described the exact same issue. Power light is red for 5 seconds, then blinks green\yellow 5 times but the device never turns back on. No amount of charging makes any difference. For many user the "fix" suggested by RIM support, called stack charging, also doesn't resolve the issue. Again...do a search.
I'm just trying to warn people of a potential issue. No need to flame the messenger....geez.

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@dopey5007: The one that I've got was run all the way down and then left in a drawer for months until the battery was deader-than-dead.
From the research I've done in trying to get it up and runnig again it appear that there is Catch-22 situation with charging the devices.
The charge circuit is not a physical connection to the battery, it's managed by software, but if the battery is completely discharged there is no way to launch the software required to initiate the charging circuit. The "stack charging" trick involves extremely short charging cycles (5-seconds to 2-minutes long depending on the forum post you read) offset with 5 minutes of doing nothing and repeating that for at least an hour until finally charging the device for 6 hours. I'm not sure how all that is supposed to make a difference but that's the advice directly from RIM so they oughta know.
Obviously this doesn't happen to every Playbook or there would have been a massive recall but has happened to countless devices.

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@offline999: wow, that sounds like a pain in the ass.

Thing is, anything with a battery that sits for that long will have issues.

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@dopey5007: It's no loss for me. I got the Playbook for free in hopes of reviving it but my friend (and other folks I've read about on the Blackberry support forums) paid full price and some of them had this happen within months of buying their devices. Thankfully they were still in the warranty period and were able to return their PB's to RIM for repair\replacement.

Of course batteries go bad, all rechargeable batteries do eventually, but that's not the root cause of the issue I'm describing. This isn't just some isolated issue that happened to one or two people. This is documented in the Blackberry Support Forums for anyone who cares to look.
Listen...I'm no Blackberry hater.
I've been doing Blackberry support since the 850 days when they were glorified pagers with QWERTY keyboards. I carry a Blackberry for work. I'm not bashing them, I just think folks should know of an issue they may (or may not) have to deal with. Isn't that what the Deals forums are for...information and advice?

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Yes there is major design flaw with power button and charger port. Besides this poorly designed tablet their smartphones aren't much better. I would recommend staying away from all RiM products.