Last week BlackBerry announced its BlackBerry PlayBook, a 7” tablet device running a dedicated BlackBerry Tablet OS. It has no price yet, and nobody has touched it. It’s been dubbed BlackBerry’s “iPad killer”, but who would win in a fight, the BlackBerry PlayBook or the Apple iPad?
The weight of a tablet could mean the difference between you leaving it on the sofa or sticking it in your bag every morning for the commute into work. In the case of a tablet, lighter is better. With the larger screen size, the iPad is heavier, and weighs in at 680g for a Wi-fi only version, or 730g for a Wi-fi and 3G version. The BlackBerry PlayBook on the other hand, is a decidedly lighter 400g. Size wise too, the iPad is clunkier than the BlackBerry PlayBook. Think of it like this: where the iPad is the September issue of Vogue (the biggest one of the year), the BlackBerry PlayBook is a little bigger (but much slimmer) than a standard quality paperback.
Winner: BlackBerry PlayBook