BlackBerry’s Answer to iPad 2: Releases PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook Vs Apple iPad2The PlayBook is the first tablet released by BlackBerry. It was released yesterday by Research In Motion though there has not been much craze about the PlayBook unlike the Apple iPad2.  This 7 inch Tablet is obviously lighter and smaller than the iPad2 and hence it would fit into your jacketpocket which both the iPad2 and Motorola XOOM cant.

The QNX OS

The QNX OS is a wonderful Operating System which has undergone 30 years of development and is much faster than the Android or the iOS. The PlayBook use QNX Operating System and hence it is really fast and slick giving very high performance. You can navigate through apps while the apps which are already running appear to be in the background. The OS surely make the User Interface of the PlayBook much user friendly. It also supports Flash  but the number of apps available for this OS are limited. Android and iOS have thousands of Apps.

Features of BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBookThe PlayBook is a light tablet but heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab and is 10mm thick and weighs 425g with 7 inch (1024 x 600 pixels) capacitive touchscreen 3which can recognize up to 4 simultaneous touches. The hardware also includes 2-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass and GPS.

Camera

The front camera is 2 Mega-Pixel and the rear one is 5 Mega-Pixel which enables 1080p Video recording. Lack of Flash would obviously disappoint you when you need to click pics in low light. It is also complemented with the stereo speakers and microphones.

What does it lack in?

We recently posted about some rumours about the PlayBook coming with the video chat feature but unfortunately it lacks 3G, hence no video chat available with it :( Moreover the number of Apps are limited for the QNX OS. Hopefully RIM would make the PlayBook compatible with Android which would make the tablet support Android Apps too. Once this tablet becomes compatible with Android, it would surely be a Big Hit and a cause of worry to the iPad2. Apart from this it also lacks Flash which would not make your photos look better when clicked after sunset :P Lack of 3G is sure to disappoint you.

Price

As it lacks 3G, only the Wi-Fi versions are available with 16, 32, or 64 GB of flash memory for $499, $599 and $699 respectively.

My Verdict

The PlayBook is quite good when we consider the camera and the OS (ommitting the apps scarcity as RIM says it has thousands of apps in the pipeline). But 3G is one of the most wanted features in tablets. So I suggest you should go for Motorola XOOM which operates on Android 3.0 Honeycomb or the Apple iPad2 which is little costlier.

  • http://www.dailytut.com Robin

    Apple iPad 2 all the way :P i like Android but when i think about the perfect tablet, then Apple iPad stands first in my mind. As steve says “it just works” :)

    great review between. Cheers.

    _Robin

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      I agree Robin! iPad2 is too good and you also have plenty of Apps for iOS

  • Anon

    Motorola xoom is costlier than the iPad 2

    • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

      You can refer my articles on both Motorola XOOM and iPad2. The 16 GB version of iPad2 is cheaper than Motorola XOOM :)

  • GurYaad

    Available from Rs.27990 in India through ebay

  • http://travelwisconsin.us Fatima Hipolito @ Travel Wisconsin

    Hi Lalit,
    Thanks for sharing those information, its really helpful specially for me, because I’m one of the Black berry user. Thanks Lalit, I hope when I visit again here I can see an page that can help me. thanks.

  • http://travelwisconsin.us/ Lina Malaza@ Travel Wisconsin

    I really appreciate this good review about this latest electronic gadget called I-pad, i know its kind of expensive this gadget is, but im sure there are good benefits in it, for example having their own OS, aside from that there are too many application that can be found in the internet.it is so much advance.