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September 2nd 2012 2:08 pm

BB playbook, or Nexus 7?

In the UK at the moment the 64GB blackberry playbook is available for £129, (and for me £116) the Nexus 7 is £159 or £199 for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively. (and for me the 16GB is £179)

Which to buy?
Hardware numbers wise the Nexus seems a little better however stereo speakers, the rear camera, and the 64GB on the Playbook seen like a bonus, however I use the cloud for a lot of storage and stream media.
OTOH the Nexus is android, therefore full access to the play store and all the apps therein.
I haven't played with the Nexus at all yet, I was really impressed with the speed of the playbook, does anyone know how the Nexus compares to this? I'm hoping favourably being Google's own and free of any skin over jelly bean.
Currently all I own and use is a desktop running Ubuntu(rarely), a netbook with windows (often), and an iphone 4 16GB (never leaves my hand).

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tweaking an android is easy as a lot of support from android community is avaiable, where as for playbook flash is going to die, go for nexus 7 it will make your daily routine some what better as the updates are rolling and people are revealing the tweaks.
Spending few bucks more reminds me of the days of when i bought my first android motorola back flip, with the same price today i have a nexus 7 32 gb hspa
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I have a PlayBook, my girlfriend has a Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 has more apps, but I'm quite happy with what's available on the PlayBook, so I'd suggest making your decision based on what you think you'll need to use, rather than the potential. The Nexus 7 is definitely better for use in portrait mode, while the PlayBook is definitely better for use in landscape mode. How you plan to use the device should also be a factor. I have used my PlayBook as my exclusive system, not turning my laptop on for 2 weeks, that's not something I could ever do with the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 also doesn't have nearly as good battery life, and Android just isn't anywhere as good as PlayBook OS. The final thing is the 32GB PlayBook runs CA$130, while the 32GB Nexus 7 runs CA$260. If you're not sure specifically what you want the tablet for, just get the PlayBook as it's much cheaper. Even at the same price I'd still choose the PlayBook, it's overall just more useful than the Nexus 7 (my girlfriend would disagree, on account of certain apps).
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Cons of Nexus 7 :
  • No cellular support
  • Portrait mode
Cons of Playbook :
  • Blackberry App World
  • Battery not as good as portrayed.
I would never buy a playbook if Nexus was an option available.
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If I had to choose from these two, I'd go with the Nexus 7 because the Android ecosystem is a lot more developed now, comparatively. I'd be getting a Microsoft Surface, btw. ;)
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I have plenty of experience with both. I would probably go with the nexus 7. But here are some points to consider:

The Nexus 7 DOES have stereo speakers, however they are both firing through the same grill making it seem mono. I do sort of miss having a rear camera, but realistically its not that bad. I still take most pics with my cell phone anyways.

It does really depend on your usage. I don't use Skype or Netflix (like schmeis does) so that is something I wouldn't miss.

Honestly there is one other factor I think you missed completely. The playbook runs flash, which is still an integral part of the web. HTML5 isn't there yet, as I expect you may realize if you browse on your iPhone. That being said, for non-flash sites Chrome on the Nexus 7 is VERY good.
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Yes I did forget about that, the support for flash in the browser would seem to slightly compensate for the lack of apps on the playbook.
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It's not just a slight compensation. It lets you use the PlayBook to replace your netbook (which actually has a limited app selection as well, it can't run everything out there for Windows). So the PlayBook could work as your only device, while the Nexus 7 only works as a companion device.
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I have a Playbook and just bought a Nexus 7, should arrive on Tuesday.

The Playbooks hardware and OS are great but the complete lack of apps kills it. No Netflix, no Skype, terrible video and music apps. It's like having a Porsche up on blocks in the driveway: wonderful to look at but you can't do a damn thing with it. Luckily it was a Christmas gift so I didn't waste any money on it.

It did make me realize that I could use a tablet in the house, if had apps worth using. So I ordered a Nexus 7 last week.
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Netflix is a bit of a red herring, and on the Nexus 7 you have nowhere near as good sound quality, so it's not like you'll really want to spend much time watching Netflix on it. Certainly the Nexus 7 has a lot of other apps that might make a difference, but Netflix really isn't one of them.
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