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BlackBerry PlayBook vs. iPad vs. Galaxy Tab vs. Streak: the tale of the tape

Ross Miller
09.28.10
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What a day -- yesterday, that is. Research in Motion finally announced its long-awaited BlackBerry tablet, the 7-inch PlayBook (thankfully not named the BlackPad). While there's still quite a few missing details, and nary an unit in site for us to try first-hand, we've still got a sampling of specs for this little guy to go tête-à-tête on the quantitative field of proverbial battle, at least as it can be seen so far (that early 2011 release date is still a ways off). Looks very promising so far, lined up against Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and the Dell Streak, but our known unknowns -- i.e. price, app support, and overall feel of using the QNX-built operating system -- are what will really make or break the slate. Until that time, enjoy our number-crunching below:



BlackBerry
PlayBook


Apple
iPad


Samsung
Galaxy Tab


Dell
Streak
Screen size 7 inches 9.7 inches 7 inches 5 inches
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 768 1024 x 600 800 x 480
Pixel density (approx.) 170 133 170 187
Platform BB Tablet OS iOS 3.2.2 (4.2 in November) Android 2.2 Android 1.6 (2.1 / 2.2 in future)
Adobe Flash support 10.1 Not Supported 10.1 Not supported
Processor 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 1GHz Apple A4 (ARMv7) 1GHz Cortex A8 1GHz Snapdragon
Graphics Unknown PowerVR SGX 535 PowerVR SGX 540 Adreno 200
RAM 1GB 256MB 512MB 512MB
Internal Storage 16GB / 32GB (unconfirmed) 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB 2GB
Expansion Unknown None microSD microSD
Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Cellular data 3G and 4G promised for future 3G optional (GSM) 3G (all carriers) 3G (sold via AT&T)
GPS None 3G models only Yes Yes
Camera 3MP front,
5MP rear
None

1.3MP front,
3MP rear

VGA front,
5MP rear
Weight 0.9 lbs 1.5 - 1.6 lbs

0.84 lbs

0.49 lbs
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