HP TouchPad  vs BlackBerry PlayBook 

Released July, 2011

HP TouchPad

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • webOS 3.0
Front view of HP TouchPad
7.3 Out of 10
In any event, its battery life is indeed really good.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2011)
VS
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 TouchPad vs PlayBook

Performance

Processing power and speed

TouchPad
6.8
PlayBook
7.9
Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

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

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

TouchPad
6.7
PlayBook
6.4
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

TouchPad
8.5
PlayBook
8.4
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

TouchPad
1.0
PlayBook
2.3

BlackBerry PlayBook 

TabletRocket recommends the BlackBerry PlayBook  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of TouchPad vs PlayBook

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

TouchPad
3,843 ms
PlayBook
2,326 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of HP TouchPad

Reasons to consider the
HP TouchPad

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Significantly bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
Longer battery life 8.5 hour vs 7 hour More than 20% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Faster processor 1.2 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 20% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook

Reasons to consider the
BlackBerry PlayBook

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Much faster javascript execution 2,326 ms vs 3,843 ms Around 40% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
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
Lighter 425 g vs 740 g Around 45% lighter
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly thinner 10 mm vs 13.7 mm More than 25% thinner
Smaller 194 x 130 x 10 mm vs 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm 2.5x smaller
Sharper screen 169 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution front camera 3 MP vs 1.3 MP More than 2.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

TouchPad  vs PlayBook 

7.0
6.4
In terms of hardware, the TouchPad runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz processor and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of RAM.
TouchPad

6.0
7.0
These add a huge amount of enjoyment to videos, games and music simply because you actually have the absorbing affect of stereo (rather than mono).
PlayBook

7.5
6.4
The TouchPad is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon (the APQ8060) capable of speeds up to 1.2GHz — I doubt the tablet is actually burning that hot, but I can’t say for sure.
TouchPad

6.0
7.0
The screen is great as well, making the BlackBerry PlayBook a pleasant device to use, and not bad for its cheap price.
PlayBook

Overall

6.9 Out of 10
6.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

TouchPad  vs
PlayBook 
Size 9.7" 7"
Technology IPS LCD Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 600
PPI 131 ppi 169 ppi

network

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

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.2 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

TouchPad  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 Yes Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP 3 MP
Rear camera None 5 MP

ports

USB support USB 2.0 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 740 g 425 g
Size 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm 194 x 130 x 10 mm
Thickness 13.7 mm 10 mm
Battery life 8.5 hour 7 hour
HP TouchPad
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