BlackBerry PlayBook  vs Apple iPad 4 

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Released April, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook

  • 7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS
Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook
7.6 Out of 10
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)
Released November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.9 Out of 10
Even now, the 9.7-inch Retina display on the iPad 4 is a marvelous thing to behold – mainly because it’s super detailed thanks to its 2048 x 1536 resolution, which puts up an admirable pixel density of 264 ppi.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of PlayBook vs 4


Processing power and speed

iPad 4
Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

iPad 4
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 4
Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 4
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No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

iPad 4

BlackBerry PlayBook 

TabletRocket recommends the BlackBerry PlayBook  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of PlayBook vs iPad 4

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

2,326 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook

Reasons to consider the
BlackBerry PlayBook

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Lighter 425 g vs 652 g Around 35% lighter
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (BlackBerry Tablet OS) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Higher resolution front camera 3 MP vs 1.2 MP 2.5x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Smaller 194 x 130 x 10 mm vs 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm More than 40% smaller
Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

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Much faster javascript execution 850 ms vs 2,326 ms 2.7x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Longer battery life 11 hour vs 7 hour More than 55% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 600 More than 5x higher resolution
Significantly sharper screen 263 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 55% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Slightly thinner 9.4 mm vs 10 mm More than 5% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

PlayBook  vs iPad 4 

The 1.3-pound iPad's 2048 x 1536 Retina display is still among the best we've seen on a tablet — I'd say the best, but the Nexus 10's display is also pretty great.
iPad 4

You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you'd be pretty much bang on the money.
iPad 4


6.9 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


PlayBook  vs
iPad 4 
Size 7" 9.7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 TFT LCD
Resolution 1024 x 600 2048 x 1536
PPI 169 ppi 263 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.4 GHz


Has a GPS Yes No
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


PlayBook  vs
iPad 4 
Internal storage 32 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP


USB support 1 USB 2.0 None
Hdmi support HDMI 1.0 None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 425 g 652 g
Size 194 x 130 x 10 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 10 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 7 hour 11 hour
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