Blackberry Playbook now officially available in SA

In the tablet market it is pretty tough going for anybody except Apple. What if you want a tablet that is not the same as everyone else’s? Sure you can go for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, but I can guarantee you in a year from now you will see Android tabs everywhere. Or what if you are a Blackberry fan – and there are a lot of you out there… SA customers now have another choice.
Good news – Vodacom today announced that the BlackBerry® PlayBookâ„¢ tablet is now available in South Africa from their stores.
The BlackBerry PlayBook does have some great features and is quite a bit smaller than the iPad – and it is made to work hand in hand with your Blackberry. Simply fire up Bluetooth, and all your mail and BIS related data services can be used on the Playbook.
The BlackBerry PlayBook will come in three Wi-Fi® models, featuring 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of memory storage.
“œWe‘re very excited to make the BlackBerry PlayBook available to customers.  It is available today at Vodacom World in Johannesburg and will be available from participating stores nationwide from 29 August 2011,“ says Vodacom‘s Managing Executive ““ Sales, Zunaid Dinath. “œWith its set of features, portability and power, the BlackBerry PlayBook is an ideal companion for busy people on the move.“
Says Craige Fleischer, Regional Director for Southern Africa at RIM: “œWe‘re pleased to bring South African customers an innovative and truly portable tablet which delivers uncompromised performance and a fantastic mobile experience for both consumers and business users. With its exceptional multimedia and Web functionality, as well as its support for true multitasking, this is the tablet that discerning users have been waiting for.“
As a bonus Vodacom is bundling all Playbook’s with G-Connect vouchers so you can use them at Mugg and Bean’s countrywide. My advice – use the Bluetooth connection with your Blackberry instead.