04 April 2011 - Tablet devices are being introduced by various manufacturers everywhere, notably the Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and more. Perhaps, this is the reason that BlackBerry jumps into the tablet bandwagon, pursuing the same trend as its competitors are following, crafting its PlayBook tablet. On the other hand, the Apple iPad 2 was announced in early March with a few core components upgrade, such as the dual-core processor and dual-camera from its predecessor. In this comparison, we shall compare both WiFi-version of the Blackberry PlayBook and Apple iPad 2.
At a glance, the Blackberry PlayBook is definitely smaller as compared to the Apple iPad 2. The PlayBook has a 7-inch display while the iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch display. Despite the bigger size on the iPad 2, the iPad 2 is thinner than the PlayBook by 1.2mm. Of course, the iPad 2 is still heavier than the PlayBook (601g vs 425g). However, both tablets have similar screen resolution. The PlayBook has a wide-screen resolution of 1024 x 600 and the iPad 2 has a standard-screen resolution of 1024 x 768. The iPad 2 has a fingerprint resistance coating on the display, which makes it an advantage over PlayBook.
Under the hood, both tablets are equipped with a decent 1GHz dual-core processor. The PlayBook has a 1GB of RAM and the iPad 2 has a 512MB of RAM. The bigger RAM capacity in the PlayBook could be allocated for the real-time or seamless multi-tasking across apps which the iPad 2 does not have.
In terms of camera, the PlayBook is a clear winner as it has higher megapixel cameras than the iPad 2. The PlayBook has a 3-megapixel front facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The rear camera could capture images up to 2592 x 1944 resolution. On the other hand, the iPad 2 has a VGA front camera and 0.7-megapixel rear camera.
When comparing the battery life of both tablets, the iPad 2 has a 6930 mAh battery capacity while the PlayBook has 5300 mAh battery capacity. No doubt the iPad 2 has a higher battery capacity than the PlayBook, but it is hard to decide who the clear winner is, as the battery performance of each tablets depends on the power management of both hardware and software of the tablets. Both tablets are offering 16/32/64 GB internal storage.
Looking at the comparison above, we think the BlackBerry PlayBook is definitely suitable for people who always work while commuting and are looking for a tablet that is small enough to fit into their bags easily. On the other hand, the Apple iPad 2 with a bigger screen would be suitable for people who are more into multimedia or gaming.
7-inch screen + 1GHz dual-core processor + 1GB RAM + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + dual-camera + BlackBerry Tablet OS
The pioneer BlackBerry tablet has a 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It is running on BlackBerry proprietary Tablet OS that is equipped with user-friendly QNX technology and built in to support the latest web standard HTML 5 and Adobe Flash 10.1 support. In addition, the PlayBook has a 3-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear camera that is capable of recording HD videos. Plus, the tablet also supports 1080p HDMI output via the Micro HDMI port. All BlackBerry PlayBook tablets supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and will offer to support various 4G cellular standards such as HSPA+, LTE and WiMAX.
Apple iPad 2
9.7-inch screen + 1GHz dual-core processor + 512MB RAM + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + dual-camera + Apple iOS 4.3
Apple iPad 2 is the successor of the iPad that promises a thinner, lighter and faster tablet than the original iPad. The key highlights of the iPad 2 are the dual-core processor and dual camera. With the dual-camera in the iPad 2, users can use FaceTime to perform video calls just like the Apple iPhone 4. Unlike the original iPad, the iPad 2 comes in two colours, black and white. The Apple iPad 2 has two variants, WiFi and 3G plus WiFi. Each variant has the option to choose an internal storage of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.
|Model||BlackBerry Playbook||Apple iPad 2|
|Market Status||Coming Soon||Coming Soon|
|Technology||WiFi (3G & 4G version for future release)||WiFi model / WiFi + 3G (GSM/EDGE 850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz, UMTS/HSDPA 850, 1900, 2100 MHz)|
|Dimension(mm)||194 x 130 x 10||241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8|
|Screen size||7 inch LCD, 1024 x 600||9.7 inch, 1024 X 768, Ambient light sensor, Multi-touch|
|Line of Text||-||-|
|Navigation key||Multi-touch||Accelerometer sensor, Proximity sensor|
|Other keys||-||Three-axis gyroscope, Magnetometer|
|Internal Memory||1 GB RAM||512MB RAM / 16GB, 32GB, 64GB|
|Standby Time(hours)||Web Surfing :3G up to 9 hours|
|Polyphonic||Not Available||Not Available|
|Video Support||1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV|
HDMI video output
|H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, MOV |
|Audio Support||MP3, AAC, WMA||AAC, MP3, WAV, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV|
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
|Bluetooth||Yes, ver 2.1||Yes, Ver 2.1 + EDR|
|WIFI||Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n||(802.11a/b/g/n)|
|HSDPA||Null||Yes (with 3G version)|
|Email||Yes, Push Email||Yes, Push Emai|
|WAP||No Info||No Info|
|Platform/OS||Blackberry 6||Apple IOS 4.3|
|Browser||WebKit - HTML 5||Safari|
|Max. Resolution||2592 x 1944 pixels (Secondary 3MP front camera)||(Secondary VGA Camera)|
|Extra Features||-||Geo-tagging, FaceTime Support|
|Video||Yes||Yes, 720p HD (1280 x 720)|
|Video Format||HD 1080p||-|