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Blackberry PlayBook Tablet Review

Blackberry’s foray into tablets has some bright spots, but a lot of issues as well.

July 24, 2011
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Device & Specs

Much like the Xoom, the iPad 2 is much bigger than the Blackberry PlayBook, but relatively similar in device specs. Really, the biggest difference between the two outside of the screen is the MSRP. If you're looking to save a little bit of money, the Blackberry PlayBook is the better bet, but beware that you're getting what you pay for in comparison, but with certain perks for those not looking for a monster-sized tablet.

Screen

Aside from the rather large difference in size, the screens of each tablet also have certain differences, namely TKTKTK and the Blackberry PlayBook 's increased DPI and lower resolution. TKTKTK

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Battery

While neither tablet is a shining example of an energy-efficient model that has outstanding battery life, the iPad 2 technically does better, edging out the PlayBook with one more hour of eBook reading, and about the same video playback before needing a recharge.

eReader

Until an update from BlackBerry comes around, the iPad will always be a better eReader simply by virtue of the fact that Apple supports more eBook vendors and applications with its market than does the PlayBook. Though it is possible to convert eBook files at home, it is a giant hassle to do whereas the iPad allows you to buy and download on the fly. Edge goes to Apple on this one.

Internet

Apple also boasts a much wider application market than the Blackberry PlayBook does, however, there is one key deficiency with the iPad, and that's the much-maligned lack of native flash support. While Apple has put its foot down and declared that it's a huge battery hog and that they will not support it (without a 3rd-party app), the Blackberry PlayBook on the other hand, does support flash natively, even going so far as to have a pre-loaded YouTube application. You'll have to decide what you want, but either unit has its shortcomings.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Motorola Xoom Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  12. Samsung Galaxy Tab (T-Mobile) Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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