BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE  vs Apple iPad mini 2 

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 mini 2

  • 7.8"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad mini 2
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)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Playbook 4G LTE vs iPad mini 2

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Playbook 4G LTE
2,326 ms
iPad mini 2
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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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 2.0) 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
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Back view of 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
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 10 mm 25% thinner
Lighter 331 g vs 425 g More than 20% lighter
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Aug, 2012 Release date over 1 years later

Features Key features of the Playbook 4G LTE  vs iPad mini 2 

screen resolution

Playbook 4G LTE
1024 x 600
iPad mini 2
2048 x 1536


camera resolution

CPU Cores

Playbook 4G LTE
Dual core
iPad mini 2
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Playbook 4G LTE
1.5 GHz
iPad mini 2
1.3 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Playbook 4G LTE  vs
iPad mini 2 
Size 7" 7.8"
Technology TN LCD 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 1.5 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 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
BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE
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