Google Nexus 7  vs BlackBerry PlayBook 

Released July, 2012

Google Nexus 7

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.1
Front view of Google Nexus 7
8.6 Out of 10
There's no sign of judder or slow down, just silky smooth transitions, which is impressive as even the quad core Google Nexus 7 has the occasional hiccup but in our time with the Nexus 10 it performed almost flawlessly.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2014)
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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 vs PlayBook

Performance

Processing power and speed

Nexus 7
10.0
PlayBook
7.9
Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

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

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Nexus 7
6.5
PlayBook
6.4
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nexus 7
9.2
PlayBook
8.4
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, androidpolice.com, reviews.cnet.com and 3 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Nexus 7
8.6
PlayBook
7.6

Winner
Google Nexus 7 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 7  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Nexus 7
4.1
PlayBook
3.8

Google Nexus 7 

TabletRocket recommends the Google Nexus 7  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 7 vs PlayBook

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 7
1,371 ms
PlayBook
2,326 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Google Nexus 7

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7

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Much faster javascript execution 1,371 ms vs 2,326 ms More than 40% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Slightly lighter 340 g vs 425 g 20% lighter
Sharper screen 215 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Jul, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Thinner 8.9 mm vs 10 mm More than 10% thinner
Higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 600 More than 65% higher resolution
Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook

Reasons to consider the
BlackBerry PlayBook

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Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (BlackBerry Tablet OS) vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Smaller 194 x 130 x 10 mm vs 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm Around 40% smaller
Higher resolution front camera 3 MP vs 1.9 MP Around 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

Nexus 7  vs PlayBook 

8.0
6.4
It also has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, GPS, and support for Google's NFC-based technology, Android Beam.
Nexus 7

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

8.8
6.4
General OS performance was excellent — helped undoubtedly by Android 4.1 and its "Project Butter" initiative which is said to vastly improve touch response and smoothness in Android.
Nexus 7

9.0
7.0
Turn the Google Nexus 10 over and you'll find a big speaker at the top, along with the main 5 megapixel camera lens, which is also capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps.
Nexus 7

Overall

8.5 Out of 10
6.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Nexus 7  vs
PlayBook 
Size 7" 7"
Technology IPS LCD Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 600
PPI 215 ppi 169 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 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  vs
PlayBook 
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 1.9 MP 3 MP
Rear camera None 5 MP

ports

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

form factor

Weight 340 g 425 g
Size 177.6 x 263.9 x 8.9 mm 194 x 130 x 10 mm
Thickness 8.9 mm 10 mm
Battery life 7.5 hour 7 hour
Google Nexus 7
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