Lenovo IdeaPad A1  vs BlackBerry PlayBook 

Released October, 2011

Lenovo IdeaPad A1

  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 2.3
Front view of Lenovo IdeaPad A1
7.8 Out of 10
For all of my peeves, Lenovo did make some great design choices on the A1.
by c|net (Feb, 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
Inside the tablet is a dual-core 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4 chipset, which in terms of capability is roughly the same as that used on most of the current crop of dual-core tablets (It has two Cortex A9 CPUs and a hefty PowerVR SGX540 GPU).
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of A1 vs PlayBook

Performance

Processing power and speed

Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

IdeaPad A1
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 reviews.cnet.com and phonearena.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of IdeaPad A1 vs PlayBook

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

IdeaPad A1
1,900 ms
PlayBook
2,326 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Lenovo IdeaPad A1

Reasons to consider the
Lenovo IdeaPad A1

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Faster javascript execution 1,900 ms vs 2,326 ms Around 20% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Supported card formats SD, SDSC vs None Supports supported card formats
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 2.3) vs No (BlackBerry Tablet OS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Newer Oct, 2011 vs Apr, 2011 Release date 5 months later
Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook

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Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Has a compass Yes vs No Somewhat common; Great for maps and navigation apps
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 3 MP More than 65% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Higher resolution front camera 3 MP vs 0.3 MP More than 10x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Thinner 10 mm vs 11.9 mm More than 15% thinner
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content

Reviews Word on the street

IdeaPad A1  vs PlayBook 

7.0
6.4
Unfortunately, the competition has already proven that display quality matters to consumers, even at the expense of cameras, GPS, Bluetooth, and even storage capacity.
IdeaPad A1

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

IdeaPad A1  vs
PlayBook 
Size 7" 7"
Technology TN LCD Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 600
PPI 169 ppi 169 ppi

network

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

processor

Cores Single core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass No Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

IdeaPad A1  vs
PlayBook 
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
SDSC
SD
Maximum capacity 4 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 0.3 MP 3 MP
Rear camera 3 MP 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 Yes No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 399 g 425 g
Size 192 x 125 x 11.9 mm 194 x 130 x 10 mm
Thickness 11.9 mm 10 mm
Battery life 7 hour 7 hour
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