BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE  vs Apple iPad mini 

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, 2012

Apple iPad mini

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

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

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Playbook 4G LTE
2,326 ms
iPad mini
1,426 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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Supports Adobe Flash Yes (BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0) vs No 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
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

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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
Supports voice commands Yes (iOS 6) vs No (BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
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

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

screen resolution

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


camera resolution

CPU Cores

Playbook 4G LTE
Dual core
iPad mini
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Playbook 4G LTE
1.5 GHz
iPad mini
1 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Playbook 4G LTE  vs
iPad mini 
Size 7" 7.8"
Technology TN LCD 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 1.5 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 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
BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE
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