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Playbook vs. iPad vs. Galaxy Tab

Posted by: Twar




When the iPad was first announced, women all over the globe were shocked that Apple was planning to bring out a pad, but it was soon discovered that its a new kind of technology being introduced. Today its the hot new thing on the market, and it seems like every company is bringing out a tablet of their own, trying to get ahead in the new market.

The three top contenders at this stage is the iPad from Apple, the Galaxy Tab from Samsung and the Playbook from RIM. Here is a comparison between the three:

Screen Size

iPad: 9.7 "
Playbook: 7 "
Galaxy Tab:  7 "

The iPad is a clear winner if bigger is better, but portability also becomes an issue with size.


iPad: iOS4
Playbook: BB Tablet OS
Galaxy Tab: Android 2.2 (Froyo)

The choice here comes down to available apps per OS and to personal preference. I am an Android Fanboy here.

Flash Support

iPad: No
Playbook: Flash 10.1 supported
Galaxy Tab: Flash 10.1 supported

If you like use flash apps then the iPad is obviously not for you.


iPad: 256 MB
Playbook: 1 GB
Galaxy Tab: 512 MB

The Playbook is the clear winner here, with iPad bringing up the rear. More RAM = more speed and multitasking capabilities.


iPad: 1 GHz Apple A4
Playbook: 1 GHz duel-core Cortex A9
Galaxy Tab: 1 GHz Cortex A8

Internal Memory

iPad: 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB
Playbook: To be announced 
Galaxy Tab: 16 GB / 32 GB


iPad: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1
Playbook: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1, 4G
Galaxy Tab: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0

Playbook once again takes the lead, but they all have the essentials.


iPad: None
Playbook: Rear: 5 MP, Front: 3MP 
Galaxy Tab: Rear: 3 MP, Front: 1.3 MP

Playbook is the clear winner here. It also supports HD video recording. The iPad 2 will incorporate a camera though.



If you look only at the hardware then the Playbook is the clear winner between these three. A tablet is about more than just hardware though. RIM did release new development tools in order to spark interest for developers to create apps for the Playbook, but only time will tell what will happen in that regard. Apps for the iPad and Galaxy Tab are thriving, and thus at this stage I would rather have the Galaxy Tab since it also has a camera, something that makes it much more useful than the iPad in my eyes. If you want the huge amount of apps available to Apple customers AND a camera then I suggest you wait for the iPad 2 to be released.

I would wait until the Playbook is released next year before actually deciding to buy a tablet. The hardware is great and the apps might just catch up to the rest given time.

Comments (2)Add Comment
written by RIC007GP, October 06, 2010
There is no competition. Wait for the iPad 2. smilies/grin.gif
written by The SourceXV, October 07, 2010
Personally I will be waiting for the PlayBook.

They do however currently only list Wifi on it for connectivity with 3/4G support coming out later. Then again, by the time it hits South Africa it should be available.

I think people should get into the notion of sticking with a brand.

If you have other Apple products then stick with the iPad, BlackBerry users should opt for the PlayBook. I believe that it is the only way you can have true cross platform compatibility and start stream-lining your digital life.

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