BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE  vs Apple iPad 3 

Released August, 2012

BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE

  • 7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0
Front view of BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE
It's touted to come with built-in cellular network support while maintaining a sleek, easy-to-take form.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2012)
Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
In terms of basic hardware, the iPad isn't overly impressive, although the 1,024 x 768, 9.7-inch diagonal screen is absolutely gorgeous.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Playbook 4G LTE vs iPad 3

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Playbook 4G LTE
2,326 ms
iPad 3
1,817 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE

Reasons to consider the
BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE

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Lighter 425 g vs 662 g More than 35% lighter
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 3 MP vs 0.3 MP More than 10x 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
Newer Aug, 2012 vs Mar, 2012 Release date 4 months later
Front view of Apple iPad 3

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Significantly faster javascript execution 1,817 ms vs 2,326 ms More than 20% 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
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
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 600 More than 5x higher resolution
Supports voice commands Yes vs No (BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
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
Slightly thinner 9.4 mm vs 10 mm More than 5% thinner

Features Key features of the Playbook 4G LTE  vs iPad 3 

screen resolution

Playbook 4G LTE
1024 x 600
iPad 3
2048 x 1536


camera resolution

iPad 3
0.3 MP

CPU Cores

Playbook 4G LTE
Dual core
iPad 3
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Playbook 4G LTE
1.5 GHz
iPad 3
1 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Playbook 4G LTE  vs
iPad 3 
Size 7" 9.7"
Technology TN LCD 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 Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 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 4G LTE  vs
iPad 3 
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 0.3 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 662 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 10 hour
BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE
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