Samsung Galaxy Tab vs BlackBerry PlayBook – Comparison Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook are both reasonably popular alternatives to an iPad tablet (in case you have missed, in our last post we discussed about Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Sony Tablet S). Here we pitch the two together to see which tablet is the better tablet? With the Galaxy Tab selling quite well and the PlayBook doing not so well, which tablet is actually the better model?

The PlayBook has a small 7 inch screen, compared to the 10.1 inch screen of the Galaxy Tab. The PlayBook has a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and the Samsung has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. However with the BlackBerry model having a smaller screen and similar resolution it does in fact look sharper than the Tab’s screen. If screen estate is what you want then the Tab beats the PlayBook but in terms of sharpness and quality of display the PlayBook wins.

In terms of processing power the tablets both have dual core Coretx A9 processors with speeds of 1GHz. Both tablets also have 1GB RAM so in terms of hardware they have exactly the same power.

Therefore the operating system will have the leading factor is how the tablet runs. The Samsung Galaxy Tab runs Google Android 3.1 which many other tablets use. The BlackBerry PlayBook runs BlackBerry Tablet OS, currently only used in the PlayBook. Therefore the Tab is better in terms of operating system and the smoothness of app loading etc. There are also way more apps available on the Android marketplace.

The Galaxy Tab has a powerful 8 mega pixel camera with auto focus and LED flash on the back and a less powerful 2 mega pixel camera on the front. The PlayBook has a slightly worse camera of 5 mega pixels again with auto focus but not a flash on the back and a 3 mega pixel camera on the front for video calling.. The PlayBook does have the ability to record videos in 1080p HD however.

In terms of batteries the PlayBook’s is less powerful but can run for 10 hours of continual use, compared to 9 hours of the Galaxy Tab.

Both tablets have good and bad points but the Galaxy Tab has to just tip the balance because of the Android marketplace, the availability of apps is one of the most crucial factors in a tablet for me.

Hands on Images of Samsung galaxy tab 10.1

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