BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE  vs Apple iPad Air 

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 November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

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

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

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Playbook 4G LTE
2,326 ms
iPad Air
1,808 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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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 2.0) 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
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
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 Aug, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 10 mm Around 15% thinner

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

screen resolution

Playbook 4G LTE
1024 x 600
iPad Air
1024 x 768


camera resolution

CPU Cores

Playbook 4G LTE
Dual core
iPad Air
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Playbook 4G LTE
1.5 GHz
iPad Air
1.3 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Playbook 4G LTE  vs
iPad Air 
Size 7" 9.7"
Technology TN LCD 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 1.5 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 4G LTE  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
BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE
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