Comparison Between iPad 2 and BlackBerry Playbook

Apple has launched their much-anticipated iPad 2 on the last week, which will start shipping from March 11. Whereas, RIM announced its amazing tablet, Blackberry PlayBook in December 2010, whose price and availability details haven’t been given out as yet.

Check out the features comparison chart between the two of the most anticipated tablets of 2011; Apple’s iPad 2 and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

Comparison of Specs and Features

Apple iPad 2 vs Blackberry PlayBook

Design Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Form Factor Slate Slate
Keyboard Virtual full keyboard with swype Virtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension 241.2×185.7×8.8 mm 194x130x10 mm
Weight 613 g (1.35 lbs) 425 g (0.9 lbs)
Body Color Black, White Black
Display Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Size 9.7 inches 7 inches
Resolution 1024×768 pixels 1024×600
Features Glossy widescreen, IPS technology, oleophobic coated LCD, HD Capacitive Multi touch
Operating System Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Platform iOS 4.3 Blackberry Tablet OS based on QNX technology
UI Apple BB
Browser Apple Safari WebKit, HTML 5
Java/Adobe Flash Nitro JavaScript engine Java Script/Adobe Flash player 10.1/ Adobe Mobile Air
Processor Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Model Dual-core Apple A5 Dual-core ARM Cortex A9
Speed 1 GHz 1 GHz
Memory Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
RAM 512 MB 1 GB
Included 16GB/32GB/64GB 16GB/32GB/64GB
Expansion No No
Camera Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Resolution 5.0 megapixel
Focus, Zoom Auto focus, 4x digital zoom
Video Capture HD 720p@30fps HD 1080p
Sensors 3 axis gyro
Features Geo tagging, tap to control ecposure
Secondary camera VGA@30fps 3.0 megapixel
Entertainment Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Audio Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV
Video Formats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG H.264, MPEG-4, WMV
Gaming
Battery Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Type Capacity Built in Li-Polymer
Talktime Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)
Mail and Messaging Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Mail
Messaging BBM
Connectivity Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR 2.1 +EDR
USB
HDMI Compatible, connect through Apple AV Adapter Yes
DLNA Yes
Location Service Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Maps Google Maps BB Map
GPS A-GPS A-GPS
Network Support Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
2G/3G UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA; GSM/EDGE HSPA+
4G No WiMAX, LTE
Application Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
Apps Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.2 BB App World
Social Networks
Featured iMovie and GarageBand ($4.99), FaceTime, PhotoBooth
Additional Features Apple iPad 2 Blackberry PlayBook
AirPlay, AirPrint

Pricing

While no official pricing has been announced for any of the known versions of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, rumor suggests the entry-level 8GB goes for $399, 16GB for $499 and 32GB for $599.

Apple also announced pricing for its models;

  • iPad 2 16GB WiFi version – $499
  • iPad 2 32GB WiFi version – $599
  • iPad 2 64GB WiFi version – $699
  • iPad 2 16GB WiFi +3G version – $629
  • iPad 2 32GB WiFi +3G version – $729
  • iPad 2 64GB WiFi +3G version – $829

So which one is more attractive to you, iPad 2 or BlackBerry Playbook?

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