Google Nexus 7 II  vs BlackBerry PlayBook 

Released July, 2013

Google Nexus 7 II

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.3
Front view of Google Nexus 7 II
8.6 Out of 10
The 1,280x800-pixel resolution packed into a 7-inch display gives visuals like text and graphics a sharper look than what I'm typically used to seeing on most 7-inchers.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
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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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Nexus 7 II vs PlayBook

Performance

Processing power and speed

Nexus 7 II
10.0
PlayBook
7.8
Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Nexus 7 II
n.d.
PlayBook
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, mobiletechreview.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 7 II vs PlayBook

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 7 II
1,177.1 ms
PlayBook
2,326 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Google Nexus 7 II

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7 II

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Much faster javascript execution 1,177.1 ms vs 2,326 ms Around 50% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much sharper screen 323 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 90% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 600 3.8x higher resolution
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Lighter 290 g vs 425 g More than 30% lighter
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Thinner 8 mm vs 10 mm 20% thinner
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

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 7 II  vs PlayBook 

8.4
6.4
The $270 32GB Wi-Fi model and $350 4G LTE version are even better values, especially compared with similar configurations of the iPad Mini.
Nexus 7 II

9.0
7.0
Display quality is good, with a sharp image and commendable (if not searing) top brightness.
Nexus 7 II

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
6.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Nexus 7 II  vs
PlayBook 
Size 7" 7"
Technology IPS LCD Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1920 x 1200 1024 x 600
PPI 323 ppi 169 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Nexus 7 II  vs
PlayBook 
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 1.2 MP 3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP

ports

USB support 1 Micro USB 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None HDMI 1.0
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 290 g 425 g
Size 200 x 114 x 8 mm 194 x 130 x 10 mm
Thickness 8 mm 10 mm
Battery life 7.25 hour 7 hour
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