Retailers are definitely purging PlayBook stocks. Just like Brightstar, Maxis is also offering combo deals with hefty discounts on the PlayBook when you purchase the tablet together with a BlackBerry smartphone and subscribe to Maxis’ BIS90 with a 24 months contract.
Details from Maxis official Facebook page:
Bold 9900 + 16GB PlayBook = RM2,380 (RM99/mth*)
Bold 9780 + 16GB PlayBook = RM1,730 (RM72/mth*)
Torch 9810 + 16GB PlayBook = RM2,260 (RM94/mth*)
Torch 9800 + 16GB PlayBook = RM1,930 (RM80/mth*)
Pearl 9105 + 16GB PlayBook – RM1,030 (RM43/mth*)
*24mths 0% EPP with MayBank.
*Upgrade to 32GB PlayBook by top up RM260 & 64GB PlayBook by top up RM560.
The offering from Maxis is slightly better from what Brightstar is giving because it includes the latest Bold 9900 in the promotion and the selection of devices is better. Still, we see more BlackBerry users using the iPad than the PlayBook. If you’re a BlackBerry fan would you get a PlayBook now?
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Brightstar Malaysia, authorized distributor for BlackBerry products in Malaysia, is currently running a promotion offering a price cut of RM466 across the full BlackBerry PlayBook range.
Promotional prices for the PlayBook:
16GB — RM1,133 (was RM1,599)
32GB — RM1,433 (was RM1,899)
64GB — RM1,733 (was RM2,199)
In addition, Brightstar is also offering discounts up to RM899 when you purchase the PlayBook together with a BlackBerry smartphone. More details here.
The discounts are following a trend that suggests BlackBerry is trying to clear stocks of its unsuccessful PlayBook tablet. Just recently in the US, RIM announced that is it giving away a free PlayBook with every two purchased. Closer to home, we saw previously Celcom and Maxis offering a similar combo deal to the one that Brightstar is offering.
Things are not looking good for the Canadian tech company as Reuters report RIM shares plummeting to a seven-year low as the manfacturer’s US market share takes a nose-dive from a respectable 24% last year to a dismal 9% in the third quarter of this year.
Will RIM be able to recover from this downward spiral? It’s not impossible but RIM needs to get its a$$ in motion to catch up with the advancements made by Apple and Google.
There has been a lot of talk about the Galaxy Note and so far the chatter has been mostly positive. While many are excited about the device making its debut right here in Malaysia there are a few out there who are also wondering if the launch will involve a mobile operator.
The short answer is, very like yes. The other question is who? We don’t have a confirmed answer at the moment but two names are constantly popping up in conversations and while we can’t mention names, we can say that one is blue and one is green, you can pretty much figure out the rest.
Pricing details are pretty much unknown for now but a RM2,200 and below price point is not impossible as far as we can gather. Add this to an operator subsidy and the Galaxy Note could be yours for around RM1,800 or even less.
But that’s not all, we also heard that there will be a fire sale for the Galaxy Note. This is by no means confirmed at the moment but if its true, we can see a long line forming for a chance to get a very capable device for very little money.
The Samsung Galaxy Note, is it a tablet or a phone? If you can have it for less than RM500, honestly, who cares.
The Nokia 600, which is Nokia’s loudest smart phone has been dropped just months after its announcement. Yesterday rumour has been going as the 600 has been silently removed from its website. Even Nokia Malaysia’s 600 page is no longer available.
There isn’t any official announcement yet but Nokia has responded to a user comment on Facebook with:
Hi Kiran, we don’t hate you at all 🙂 The thing is, after careful consideration, we have decided not to ship the Nokia 600.
Been having battery life issues after updating to iOS 5? It turns out the latest iOS version is to blame for your device not running longer than normal. Apple in a statement to AllThingsD said that “a small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices”. Apple says the it has “found a few bugs that are affecting battery life” and will be releasing an update to fix the problem in a “few weeks”.
Apple didn’t say when exactly the bug-fix update will be released.
At the same time Apple has released iOS 5.0.1 for developers which contains the following improvements and bug fixes including:
Multitasking Gestures for the original iPad means good news for the first-gen iPad owners who were disappointed that their device didn’t support the feature. Also the security improvements means that the iPad 2 should no longer be vulnerable to exploits using the Smart Cover.
On the left is the international version of the Motorola RAZR that the rest of the world is getting and on the right is the version that’s heading for China.
Specs are virtually the same except that the Chinese version adds support for TD-SCDMA radio. Other than that, you get the same Kevlar back panel, 8MP rear camera and 4.3-inch AMOLED qHD display, but man does the Chinese version of the RAZR looks ugly! It really does look like a cheap knock-off of the oh-so-sexy RAZR that we’re getting. And despite the Chinese version having the same ultra-thin 7.1mm body, the redesign makes it look fatter.
The best part, it is unknown why Motorola made the move to change the design of the RAZR considerably for China.
One more comparison picture after the jump.
For the n00bs that want to go down the dark and some say satisfying path of rooting, check out the how-to video after the jump.
Always remember, rooting — just like jailbreaking — voids your device’s warranty and could possibly damage your device. Not to scare you or anything but the chances of things going very wrong are there, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. So if you’re a first-timer, follow the instructions to the letter. You’ve been warned.
On the flip-side as soon as Ice Cream Sandwich is available to the public, you can run it on your future Galaxy Note almost immediately without the need to wait for the official update from Samsung. To some, that’s more than enough reason to take the risk. All the best.
While the flagship BlackBerry Bold 9900 is getting the limelight, the older Bold 97XX series is getting a refreshed as well. Above is a clear shot of the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9790 which is said to be having Bold 9900’s hardware such as a 1.2GHz processor, a touch screen, 5MP camera, NFC and 8GB of storage.
Last month, RIM themselves have announced the existence of such model in their development blog. From the pic above, there’s a slight difference with the main buttons and it appears to be individually raised like the ones seen on the Torch 9860.
No launch dates have been officially announced but rumour suggests that it will be officially revealed sometime this month. The Bold 9790 might be the next Blackberry for those that prefer the existing Bold 9780 size and design.