If you didn’t wake up to that tablet you were hoping for on Christmas Day, then now seems like the perfect time to buy your own if you’re living in the U.K. British retailers have been slashing the price of tablets that have been struggling in recent months, with the HTC Flyer reduced to £199.99 (approx. $312), and the BlackBerry PlayBook to just £169 (approx. $265).
When it first launched back in May — just seven months ago — the 7-inch Flyer was accompanied by the Android Gingerbread OS (not Honeycomb), and a hefty £479.99 (approx. $752) price tag. That made it £80 more expensive than Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad 2. It’s no wonder, then, that the device has struggled to sell.
Now, however, the device is a complete bargain, with Currys, Dixons, and PC World selling the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model for £199.99. To add 3G and an additional 16GB of storage, just add another £50 (approx. $78) to its price tag. It’s also worth noting that HTC began releasing the Honeycomb update for the Flyer earlier this month.
If £200 is still a little too pricey for you, how about the BlackBerry PlayBook? RIM’s debut tablet, and the Canadian company’s first device to feature the BlackBerry 10 operating system, is now just £169 at Currys, Dixons, PC World, and Carphone Warehouse. That’s considerably less than its original £400 (approx. $626) asking price.
All four retailers have a number of other tablets on sale, too, including the Motorola Xoom, which is now £319.99 (approx. $501) down from £479.99 (approx. $752). Apple’s iPad 2, however, remains at full price from £399 (approx. $625), but it’s the only tablet that hasn’t struggled to sell.
Will you be picking up a cheap tablet this weekend?