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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

Despite the large difference in size, the two devices are actually quite similar, from a technical standpoint. Both have 1GHz Tegra 2 processors and 1GB of RAM. Both have LCD screens and both have a good amount of internal memory, although the Xoom has 32 GB standard, and the Blackberry PlayBook has three different memory options, but you'll have to pay more if you want the same amount of memory as the Xoom.

Screen

Both the Xoom and the PlayBook have LCD screens, but the Xoom has a higher resolution and screen area. Though the Blackberry PlayBook has a higher DPI, it also has a much smaller screen, which may or may not cause problems for those who have limited sight. It is important to point out, though, that the Blackberry PlayBook has a better screen brightness, which will allow you to bring the tablet into a sightly wider range of lighting conditions and still be able to see the screen.

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Battery

Possibly due to the Blackberry PlayBook 's much greater screen brightness, it also has a battery that doesn't quite match up to the much-bigger Xoom tablet. Not only does it fall short in eBook reading, but the Xoom also fields a better battery life in video playback. If battery life is a concern for you, the Xoom is the better buy.

eReader

Until further notice, the Blackberry PlayBook can not touch the Xoom or any other Android device in this category, as it at present cannot use the same range of eBook reader apps by a longshot. This will probably change in the future if BlackBerry smells the blood in the water surrounding their partnership with Borders, but for now, the Xoom will serve as a much better eReader.

Internet

While both tablets have a decent array of internet options, the Xoom is the king of the hill in this category, and that likely won't change in the near future. The Android market has a much wider array of options for the powerhouse of a tablet, and on top of that, the Xoom isn't married to partnerships that limit the user in their selections of media. The Xoom will give you a much better internet experience here.

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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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