BlackBerry PlayBook  vs Apple iPad mini 

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 mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
8.8 Out of 10
In practice this seems to have worked, as the battery life is pretty darn good.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of PlayBook vs iPad mini


Processing power and speed

Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

iPad mini
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

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 mini

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

2,326 ms
iPad mini
1,426 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook

Reasons to consider the
BlackBerry PlayBook

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Supports Adobe Flash Yes (BlackBerry Tablet OS) vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Higher resolution front camera 3 MP vs 1.2 MP 2.5x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Side view of Apple iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini

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Much faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 2,326 ms Around 40% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Significantly longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 7 hour More than 80% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Bigger screen 7.8" vs 7" More than 10% bigger screen
Significantly thinner 7.2 mm vs 10 mm Around 30% thinner
Lighter 308 g vs 425 g Around 30% lighter
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 1 years later

Reviews Word on the street

PlayBook  vs iPad mini 

The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad mini

But regardless of market positioning, the iPad mini has to be viewed in a world with a $199 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD — two strong performers that are a far cry, at least in price, from the iPad mini.
iPad mini

While the display quality is better than that thanks to improved IPS LCD technology, it's still light years behind the Retina display on the bigger iPad Air 2 and the second and third-generation minis.
iPad mini


6.9 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


PlayBook  vs
iPad mini 
Size 7" 7.8"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 768
PPI 169 ppi 163 ppi


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


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 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 mini 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.5 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 308 g
Size 194 x 130 x 10 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 10 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 7 hour 12.75 hour
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