BlackBerry PlayBook vs. Apple iPad
The Apple iPad has been the only tablet device out there for quite a while, and its success has competitors running hard to introduce their products. Several tablet devices are now poised for their debuts, including the just-announced PlayBook from BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry PlayBook offers a big, bright screen and stereo audio for a rich multimedia experience. Of great importance to corporate customers, the PlayBook promises tight integration with enterprise e-mail, and easy syncing with an existing BlackBerry handset. There’s much yet to be seen about how the BlackBerry PlayBook’s specs and how it works in the real world, so we will update this comparison as we learn more about the product.
The iPad uses Apple’s popular iOS, which has legions of fans and at least a year’s head start in the marketplace. The PlayBook will use BlackBerry’s proprietary BlackBerry Tablet operating system, which the company says is based on QNX technology. Zillions of applications are available for the iPad (and its kissing cousin, the iPhone), while there is little known about apps for the PlayBook beyond an array of important enterprise applications such as e-mail, calendar and document syncing.
|BlackBerry PlayBook||Apple iPad|
|Cost||TBA||16GB WiFi-only $499; 32GB WiFi-only $599; 64GB WiFi-only $699; WiFi + 3G models add $130|
|Cellular Carrier||WiFi only – no carrier||AT&T (WiFi + 3G model only)|
|Operating System||BlackBerry Tablet OS||Apple iOS|
|Display||7-inch TFT LCD display; 1024 x 600 pixel resolution||9.7-inch LED-backlit display w/ IPS technology; 1024 x 768 pixel resolution|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth (unspecified version)||Bluetooth 2.1|
|GPS||Unknown||aGPS (WiFi + 3G model only)|
|Camera||3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat; rear 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash; ability to record 1080p HD video||None|
|Apps||Sync with enterprise apps||Apple App Store|
|Adobe Flash Support||Adobe Flash 10.1||No|
|Storage Space||Unknown media storage; 1 GB processor RAM||16GB, 32GB or 64GB depending on model|
|Battery Life||Unknown||Up to 10 hours of web surfing, watching video, & music listening over WiFi; Up to 9 hours surfing using 3G network|
|Processor||1 GHz dual-core processor||1 GHz Apple A4 chip|
|Weight||0.9 pounds||1.5 pounds (WiFi-only); 1.6 pounds (WiFi + 3G)|
|Dimensions||Height: 7.6 inches; Width: 5.1 inches; Depth: 0.4 inches||Height: 9.56 inches; Width: 7.47 inches; Depth: 0.5 inches|