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

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 (2.12.2 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
*via: Engadget

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