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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

From a pure hardware standpoint, these two devices are remarkably similar, as they have virtually identical processing power, screen size and handling. However, each of these tablets use a different operating system and application market: the Galaxy using Android, and the PlayBook using the proprietary BlackBerry system. While BlackBerry made a decent interface, the Android system is far more developed.

Screen

Each of the screens are very close in size and share an identical resolution. However, the Galaxy Tab has a narrower contrast ratio, and much lower peak brightness. Consequently, the BlackBerry might be the better bet here, even if the color performance leaves a bit to be desired.

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Battery

Though neither tablet wows in the category of battery life, the two tablets field roughly equivalent performances in terms of battery life. The Galaxy Tab will last a little bit longer reading an eBook, but the PlayBook will outlast the Galaxy Tab marginally while playing videos. Both last over 24 hours playing audio continuously.

eReader

Unfortunately, due to BlackBerry's marriage to the Borders eBook store, the Galaxy Tab wins this one handily with the ability to use the Kindle, Nook, and Borders eBook stores and eReader software.

Internet

Again, due to the use of a proprietary system without as much content as the Android Market, the PlayBook falls behind the Samsung. It's certainly possible that BlackBerry might put more money into expanding its market, but it has a long way to go to catch up to the Android systems in this regard.

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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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