Google Nexus 7  vs BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE 

Released July, 2012

Google Nexus 7

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.1
Front view of Google Nexus 7
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)
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)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nexus 7 vs Playbook 4G LTE

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 7
1,371 ms
Playbook 4G LTE
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
Supports voice commands Yes (Android 4.1) vs No (BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0) Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.1) vs No (BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.0) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Sharper screen 215 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly lighter 340 g vs 425 g 20% lighter
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
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BlackBerry Playbook 4G LTE

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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 2.0) vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
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 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

Features Key features of the Nexus 7  vs Playbook 4G LTE 

screen resolution

Nexus 7
1280 x 800
Playbook 4G LTE
1024 x 600


camera resolution

Nexus 7
1.9 MP

CPU Cores

Nexus 7
Quad core
Playbook 4G LTE
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Nexus 7
1.3 GHz
Playbook 4G LTE
1.5 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nexus 7  vs
Playbook 4G LTE 
Size 7" 7"
Technology IPS LCD TN LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 600
PPI 215 ppi 169 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Quad core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1.5 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


Nexus 7  vs
Playbook 4G LTE 
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


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
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