BlackBerry PlayBook  vs Apple iPad mini 2 

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, 2013

Apple iPad mini 2

  • 7.8"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad mini 2
8.7 Out of 10
No longer must we agonize over pixelization, just because its 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS LCD Retina Display is glorious for its sharp visuals and strong details.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of PlayBook vs iPad mini 2


Processing power and speed

Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


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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 2

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

2,326 ms
iPad mini 2
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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More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (BlackBerry Tablet OS) vs No 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
Back view of Apple iPad mini 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini 2

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Much faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 2,326 ms Around 40% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7 hour Around 45% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Much sharper screen 326 ppi vs 169 ppi Around 95% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 600 More than 5x higher resolution
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
Bigger screen 7.8" vs 7" More than 10% bigger screen
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 10 mm 25% thinner
Lighter 331 g vs 425 g More than 20% lighter
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

PlayBook  vs iPad mini 2 

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 2

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).

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 2


6.9 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


PlayBook  vs
iPad mini 2 
Size 7" 7.8"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 600 2048 x 1536
PPI 169 ppi 326 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 mini 2 
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 None
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 331 g
Size 194 x 130 x 10 mm 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 10 mm 7.5 mm
Battery life 7 hour 10 hour
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