BlackBerry PlayBook

Released April, 2011
  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS
The idea of adapting Android apps is an exciting one, and the implementation is rock solid, but there still aren’t enough good apps to make the PlayBook’s App World a compelling ecosystem.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
7.6 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the BlackBerry PlayBook

Performance

Processing power and speed

PlayBook
7.9
iPad 4
10.0
iPad mini
9.8
Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

PlayBook
n.d.
iPad 4
n.d.
iPad mini
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

PlayBook
6.4
iPad 4
7.2
iPad mini
7.6
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

PlayBook
8.4
iPad 4
9.5
iPad mini
9.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, trustedreviews.com, reviews.cnet.com, techradar.com and 1 more

7.6

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

PlayBook
7.6
iPad 4
8.9
iPad mini
8.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the BlackBerry PlayBook

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

PlayBook
2,326 ms
iPad 4
850 ms
Nexus 7 II
1,177.1 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the BlackBerry PlayBook


6.4
Video output over HDMI worked flawlessly.

7.0
These add a huge amount of enjoyment to videos, games and music simply because you actually have the absorbing affect of stereo (rather than mono).

6.4
Unfortunately, the PlayBook isn’t quite as adept at handling other types of Flash content, such as games — in fact, most online Flash games I tried to play were far too sluggish to have any real fun with.

7.0
The screen is great as well, making the BlackBerry PlayBook a pleasant device to use, and not bad for its cheap price.

Overall

6.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Apps

Perhaps the most exciting part of the whole apps deal, though, is that you can manually add Android apps.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
And while the operating system itself is speedy, quite a few apps don't perform quite as well, including even the Facebook app.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
You can link the two and use the PlayBook as the screen and controller for interacting with your phone's email and calendar apps.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Operating system

Speaking of multitasking, this very ability is key to the PlayBook's interface, as are gestures.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
And were the software up to scratch it could easily be one of our top choice tablets.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
Getting around in the OS is intuitive and elegant, but truth be told, webOS does a better job with managing cards, both in the feel of moving through them and with the new stacks feature in webOS 2.0, which lets you group related activities.
by The Verge (Apr, 2011)

Screen

In general, the PlayBook's keyboard is really excellent, proving that RIM can make an on-screen keyboard as well as it can make a hardware one.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
The screen itself is great, too.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
We'll go into more detail on that in the next section.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

Web browser

The web browser is fast and fairly smooth, too - interface niggles aside.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
What’s most impressive about the PlayBook’s browser, however, is that it’s probably the first mobile web browser I’ve ever used that actually handles Flash properly.
by The Verge (Apr, 2011)
Panning and zooming are both smooth and responsive in the browser, and double-tapping to zoom on text works well.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

Operating System

It's very much like iOS in concept, but the aesthetic is different.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
It being easier to actually interact with Flash videos and games than on any other mobile platform (perhaps bar WebOS).
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
We’ve always been impressed with the basic ideas behind the PlayBook OS — it’s a lot like webOS, and that’s a very good thing from a usability standpoint.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1024 x 600
PPI 169 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support HDMI 1.0
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 425 g
Size 194 x 130 x 10 mm
Thickness 10 mm
Battery life 7 hour
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