LG Optimus Pad vs BlackBerry PlayBook

Vs Tony Crammond 09:21, 22 Mar 2011

As the battle for the top of the tablet tree hots up, we take a look at the BlackBerry PlayBook and LG's Optimus Pad and assess their credentials for the race ahead

We pit the LG Optimus Pad with its 3D capabilities against the business-centric BlackBerry PlayBook.

But which wil prove victorious?

Display
Screen technology is among the most important criteria for a tablet and LG's Optimus Pad takes the edge over the PlayBook with its 8.9-inch 3D enabled LCD capacitive effort.

Colour rendition, viewing angles and responsiveness are all super tight, putting the Optimus Pad up there with the iPad when it comes to cutting edge display tech.

RIM's PlayBook is no slouch in the screen stakes but when you take its 7-inch TFT and hold it up against the Optimus Pad there can only be one winner.

Winner - Optimus Pad

Software
The prospect of using the new QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS as our every day tablet is an exciting one.

The operating system offers true multi-tasking, a unique and intuitive user interface and support for Adobe Air, Flash, Java and Dalvik (Android) applications via a custom virtual machine so on top of the large amount of apps available in RIM's Marketplace you'll also get access to tons more from other sources.

Stability and security are second to none on the PlayBook too, as you'd expect from a company with RIM's business roots and we can safely say that we trust the QNX Neutrino OS; if it's good enough for the International Space Station, it's good enough for us!

The Optimus Pad rocks the latest version of Google's Android OS, Honeycomb, the iteration of the software that has been specially re-designed for tablets, and we have to say the re-design went well! Honeycomb brings a new, almost holographic UI to bear and offers multi-tasking, newly designed apps for Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and others and is generally spruced up and improved across the board, with the introduction of features like a new on-screen QWERTY, system notification bar and true tabbed browsing.

It's tough to separate these two devices on software alone, as both run incredibly powerful, stable operating systems.

Winner - Draw

Power
The newly implemented 'standard spec' for tablets is in full effect in these two devices, with both offering dual-core 1GHz processors (an nVidia Tegra 2 in the case of the Optimus Pad), 1GB RAM and spacious on-board storage (16, 32, 64GB options in the PlayBook and a flat 32GB offering from LG).

Neither devices disappoint or feel underpowered, and both run on operating systems tailored for use with dual-core architecture, so you end up with a generally snappy, lag-free experience whether you're gaming, surfing the web or watching hi-def movies or TV.

Winner - Draw

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