RIM PlayBook vs Apple iPad

Vs 23:52, 27 Sep 2010

RIM has just launched its PlayBook for business users, but how does it compare to the Apple iPad?

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook has been on the cards for quite a while and it's finally been released. We pit the PlayBook's specs against the Apple iPad's to see which rules the other.

Screen
One complaint with the iPad is that it's not the most mobile device out there. It's still too large to fit in a pocket, even if that 9.7-inch screen gives more space for browsing and writing.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is much more pocketable at 7-inches, and at a resolution of 1024x600 pixels versus the iPad's 1024x768 pixel resolution, the PlayBook's screen features a higher DPI (dots-per-inch) ratio, making it clearer.

However, if Apple brings out an iPad using the iPhone's Retina Display tech, RIM could slip here.

Winner:
Draw - we love the size of the iPad's screen, but it makes it too large to fit in a pocket. The PlayBook has a higher DPI making it clearer.

Size and weight
Because of that screen, the iPad is evidently going to be larger. It measures 190x243x13.5mm compared to the PlayBook's 130x193x10mm which is quite a hefty increase.

The iPad also weighs a lot more - 680g for the Wi-Fi only version in comparison to the PlayBook at 400g. The latter is much easier to hold and will not become a deadweight when standing like the iPad can become.

Winner:
PlayBook for its more compact size and lighter weight

OS
The BlackBerry PlayBook is the first tablet to feature BlackBerry's Tablet OS, and in fact only the second RIM device to feature a capacitive touchscreen. This could be a real test for BlackBerry. Although we really like BlackBerry 6 on a touchscreen device as seen on the BlackBerry Torch, we'll have to wait a little longer to see whether the BlackBerry Tablet OS can compare.

The iPad's OS is so familiar thanks to the iPhone's popularity and legacy. Plus it seamlessly works and converts on a tablet.

Winner:
iPhone until BlackBerry proves it can apply an OS in a matching way

Processor
There's no denying that the iPad's 1GHz processor has changed the face of Apple and makes the iPad steam along. However, it was the first 1GHz processor used by Apple and may have done the job sufficiently for basic functions (such as no multitasking), we're not sure it could cope with the same multitasking functions as BlackBerrys.

All BlackBerrys have been designed with multitasking in mind and it's no surprise that putting in a dual core 1GHz processor will give speed a boost making it perfect for multitasking, even with memory-intensive apps open. Dual core gives much more flexibility to running apps and it's a smart move by RIM.

Winner:
BlackBerry PlayBook for dual core functionality

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