BlackBerry PlayBook vs iPad: tablet showdown

Which is the better tablet -- RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook or Apple's iPad?

The BlackBerry PlayBook boasts a capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024x600; no further details have been provided by RIM. Browsing may be initially more appealing on the larger-screened iPad, but the trade-off is that the 7in PlayBook, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, will be more pocketable and easier to carry around.

BlackBerry PlayBook vs iPad: tablet showdown

The BlackBerry PlayBook comes with a capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1024 x 600.

The BlackBerry PlayBook will run a new version of the BlackBerry operating system simply called BlackBerry Tablet OS. It will support full multitasking, and will be able to connect to a BlackBerry smartphone via Bluetooth to share data. For example, RIM says you will be able to watch a video stored on a BlackBerry smartphone through the PlayBook, without having to load the file onto the tablet.

One issue that RIM has to contend with is app compatibility, a problem also encountered by Apple at launch. The larger screen and therefore higher resolution of the BlackBerry PlayBook means that regular BlackBerry smartphone applications will need to be upscaled to fit the larger display. The iPad also had to deal with this problem by upscaling iPhone apps to fit the tablet's screen, but this is no longer a pressing issue thanks to the wealth of iOS apps designed for the iPad.

One strange omission is the BlackBerry PlayBook's lack of a GPS receiver, though the inclusion of a microHDMI out port will give the PlayBook far more flexibility than the iPad when it comes to connecting the tablet to a television.

BlackBerry PlayBook vs iPad: tablet showdown

The BlackBerry PlayBook will run a new version of the BlackBerry operating system simply called BlackBerry Tablet OS.

What do you think about the BlackBerry PlayBook and the Apple iPad? Tell us in the comments below! Also, check out RIM's preview video for the BlackBerry PlayBook below:

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags apple ipadRIM BlackBerry PlayBook tabletRIM BlackBerry PlayBooktabletsiPadbroadband

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Best Deals on Good Gear Guide

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?