BlackBerry PlayBook  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released April, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook

  • 7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS
Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook
7.6 Out of 10
With a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels it doesn't have quite as many dots as an iPad but thanks to its smaller size it looks much sharper.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
8.4 Out of 10
Naturally, it comes equipped with aGPS and Bluetooth 4.0 as well.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of PlayBook vs Air


Processing power and speed

iPad Air
Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

iPad Air
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad Air
Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad Air
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No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

iPad Air

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 Air

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

2,326 ms
iPad Air
1,808 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook

Reasons to consider the
BlackBerry PlayBook

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More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Lighter 425 g vs 610 g More than 30% lighter
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (BlackBerry Tablet OS) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Sharper screen 169 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
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 8.6 mm Around 35% smaller
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Apple iPad Air

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Significantly faster javascript execution 1,808 ms vs 2,326 ms More than 20% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Significantly bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7 hour Around 45% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 10 mm Around 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

PlayBook  vs iPad Air 

The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad Air

Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
iPad Air

It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air


6.9 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


PlayBook  vs
iPad Air 
Size 7" 9.7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 768
PPI 169 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.3 GHz


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


PlayBook  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 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 USB 2.0
Hdmi support HDMI 1.0 None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 425 g 610 g
Size 194 x 130 x 10 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 10 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 7 hour 10 hour
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