iPad 2 vs PlayBook Review

iPad 2 vs PlayBook Review


The Apple iPad 2 and BlackBerry PlayBook are two of this year's top tablets from two big-name companies in the mobile device industry. The iPad has had a full year to mature into the iPad 2, while the PlayBook is still in its infancy. This makes comparing the iPad 2 vs the PlayBook somewhat difficult at this point, but a comparison is still in order for those trying to choose between the two.


iPad 2 vs PlayBook Review: Specs

Apple iPad 2 BlackBerry PlayBook
Screen Size9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS 7-inch LCD WSVGA
Resolution1024 x 768 1024 × 600
Processor1GHz dual-core Apple A51GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430
Operating SystemiOS 4.3 BlackBerry Tablet OS, QNX
Storage16GB/32GB/64GB, no memory card slots16GB/32GB/64GB, no memory card slots
Memory512MB1GB RAM
WirelessWiFi, Bluetooth, 3G WiFi, Bluetooth
Front CameraVGA 3 megapixel
Rear Camera0.7 megapixel, 720p video 5 megapixel, 1080p video
Input/Output30-pin connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 speaker, mic mini-HDMI, mini-USB, dock, 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 speakers, 2 mics
Battery10 hours 7-8 hours
Weight21.1 oz 15 oz
Thickness0.34" 0.40"

iPad 2 vs PlayBook Video Review

Apple iPad 2 Advantages

Blackberry PlayBook Advantages


iPad 2 vs PlayBook Review: Conclusion

In the end there's no question that the iPad 2 wins in this head-to-head matchup. It has way more apps, better battery life, and more value for your buck. But that doesn't mean the BlackBerry PlayBook isn't a quality tablet. In fact it has a lot of potential. The operating system is extremely smooth and fun to use, the screen colors are bright and detailed, and the overall experience with the PlayBook is positive. It just needs more time to mature, for more apps to be developed. The iPad 2 on the other hand is ready for primetime off the shelf.

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