By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 10:26 am
Hey, it’s been a long time since we’ve done a T-Grid–a very simple comparison chart comparing two at least vaguely comparable products spec-by-spec. Let’s do one on RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook and the iPad, shall we?
The point of a T-Grid is never to determine which product is better; it’s just to see how the specs stack up. From what we know so far, the PlayBook’s specs stack up rather well–it’s powerful, thin, and light, and has a robust OS in the venerable (if low-profile) QNX. But there are a few speeds and feeds that RIM hasn’t disclosed yet, and one particularly crucial fact remains unknown: How’s the battery life?
After the jump, the details we know so far.
|Device||RIM BlackBerry PlayBook||Apple iPad|
|Released||“Early 2011” in U.S.||4/3/2010|
|Price||Not announced. My guess: $599 or $699||Starts at $499|
|Weight||.9 pound||1.5 pounds|
|Dimensions||5.1″ by 7.6″ by 0.4″||7.47″ by 9.56″ by 0.5″|
|Operating system||QNX Neutrino||iPhone OS 3.2|
|Number of apps||TBD. It’ll run apps written with RIM’s WebWorks platform, Flash, and AIR||250.000+ iPhone apps; 25,000+ iPad ones|
|Multitasking||Yes||In 4.2, due in November|
|Display||7″ LCD; 1024 by 600 resolution; 170dpi||9.7″ IPS LCD; 1024 by 768 resolution; 132dpi|
|Input||Capacitive touch; on-screen keyboard||Capacitive touch; on-screen keyboard|
|CPU||1-GHz dual-core CPU; type unspecified||1-GHz Apple A4 CPU|
|Storage||Unspecified as far as I know||16GB flash (base model), not expandable|
|Battery||Type unspecified; sealed; life unspecified||lithium polymer; sealed; 10 hour life|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR||Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR|
|Mobile data||None at launch; 3G and 4G to come in the future||AT&T 3G (optional)|
|USB ports||1 MicroUSB||0|
|Video out||MicroHDMI||VGA via optional Dock Connector cable|
|Cameras||3MP on front; 5MP on back; can record HD video simultaneously||None|
|Ambient light sensor||Not sure||Yes|
|Browser||WebKit; HTML5 support||WebKit; HTML5 support|
|Adobe compatibility||FlashPlayer 10.1; AIR; presumably PDF|
|Other software||E-Mail, calendar, photos, videos, YouTube (?), camera, contacts, office apps or viewers; presumably other stuff not yet seen||Safari, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, iPod, Photos, Videos, YouTube, iTunes, App Store|
|Application store||BlackBerry App Store, I presume||iTunes App Store|
|Entertainment store||Unspecified as far as I know–will it have one?||Apple iTunes Store|
|Video formats supported||H.264, MP4, WMV, DiVX||H.264, MP4|
|Audio formats supported||AAC, MP3, WMA||AAC, MP3, VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV|
|Tethering||Yes, using BlackBerry as wireless modem||No|
|Special phone integration||You can “opt to use the larger tablet display to seamlessly and securely view any of the email, BBM™, calendar, tasks, documents and other content that resides on (or is accessible through) their smartphone. They can also use their tablet and smartphone interchangeably without worrying about syncing or duplicating data.”||None|
Like all T-Grids, this is a work in progress. Got any corrections, additions, or questions?