Best Buy has kicked off a promotion for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet that slashes the price by as much as $150. The deal isn't quite as dramatic as the HP TouchPad fire sale of course, but it's still decent for those that have been considering the PlayBook, especially the 64GB model.
Best Buy is offering a free iPhone 3GS if you sign-up for a new 2-year contract with AT&T. The deal is only good for the 8GB model and is available for today through Best Buy retail stores or Best Buy Mobile. If you have to equip your teens with mobile phones but they're pining for an iPhone, now may be the best time.
Best Buy has announced a new promotion that may be a sign that Android tablets are still not doing so hot. The Best Buy deal offers customers a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the purchase of a Samsung HDTV, kicking off on August 21 and ending August 27. Android tablets have been trailing far behind the Apple iPad 2, with the recent Galaxy Tab 10.1 deemed most competitive, but even it seems to be in need of stock clearance.
Best Buy is reportedly refusing to keep the huge, unsold stocks of HP TouchPad tablets it has in its warehouses, with the retailer said to have sold less than 10-percent of the 270,000 units it initially ordered. The company has apparently told HP that it wants to return some of that stock, AllThingsD's sources tell them, with sales that have only amounted to around 25,000 of the tablets. Another source said the estimate was on the "charitable" side and that, even with recent discounts and what has now become a permanent $100 price cut, sales are still underwhelming.
The Google Search front-page has almost always remained pristine which makes today's addition of a one-line advert hard to miss. But don't worry, the search giant isn't starting to accept front-page ads, instead, the company is trying to plug its own Nexus S handset, which it is offering for free---but for today only.
HP's TouchPad didn't have to wait long before it was discounted; resellers like Amazon and Best Buy slashed $10 off the webOS slate's sticker price less than two weeks after it went on sale. Now HP has got in on the act, offering a $50 "instant rebate" - aka a discount - for online sales made before September 10. The price cut is unlikely to help speculation that sales have been underwhelming in the face of rivals like Apple's iPad 2.
Best Buy's Insignia brand of TVs blessed with the TiVo interface and streaming functionality have been revealed, offering access to YouTube, Netflix, Facebook and more, but without demanding a TiVo subscription. The new Insignia Connected TV range will kick off with two models initially - $499 for a 32-inch set, and $699 for a 42-inch version - each supporting 1080p Full HD and 120Hz refresh rates, and using LED backlighting.
Back in March, I mentioned that a new TiVo HDTV wearing the Insignia Best Buy store brand logo was in testing. Since then we haven't heard much about the TV until now. ZatzNotFunny has landed some photos of the packaging of the TV and that box has given away some of the details on the set and it sounds interesting. The TV is expected to hit Best Buy stores any day now for people to purchase.
The HP TouchPad launched not more than two weeks ago and is already getting a price cut on Amazon and Best Buy. Although many folks like the WebOS 3.0 platform, it still needs work. Plus, the TouchPad hardware has been highly criticized in reviews. These factors in addition to the HP TouchPad 4G announcement may have spurred these price cuts.
The Motorola Droid Bionic has been taking its time to launch. First announced at CES, the smartphone has since been delayed over the last six months to incorporate some new enhancements. It's been speculated that the enhancements should include both boosted internal specs as well as a new form factor. Today, a leaked Best Buy ad confirms that the Droid Bionic has indeed been redesigned with a new look.