Tablet PC war: Blackberry Playbook vs Amazon Kindle Fire

By Harish Kumar

    Tablet PC war: Blackberry Playbook vs Amazon Kindle Fire

    Blackberry PlayBook and Amazon Kindle Fire are both similar looking devices with a lot of common specifications too. The main difference between these two devices is in the price tag. Amazons Kindle Fire is also a new entrant and we are yet to see whether it can hold up against the well established BlackBerry albeit its affordable price tag.

    Features and specifications of BlackBerry PlayBook and Amazon Kindle Fire

    Category

    Availability

    Availability

    BlackBerry PlayBook

    Amazon Kindle Fire

    Distinguished features

    DISPLAY

    Size

    7.0 inches

    7.0 inches

    Type

    TFT capacitive touch screen, 16M colours

    IPS TFT active matrix

    Resolution

    600 x 1024 pixel with 170 ppi pixel density

    1024 x 600 at 170 ppi pixel density

    General features

    SOUND

    Loud speaker

    Yes

    Yes

    Audio jack

    Yes,3.5 mm

    Yes,3.5 mm

    CAMERA

    Primary

    5 mega pixels with , 2592x1944 pixels resolution and auto focus

    No

    Video

    Yes, with 1080p resolution and at a speed of 30fps

    N/A

    Secondary

    Yes, 3 mega pixels

    No

    CONNECTIVITY

    Wi-Fi

    802.11 a/b/g/n

    802.11 b/g/n

    Bluetooth

    Yes, version 2.1 with enhanced data rate

    No

    USB

    Yes, micro USB v2.0

    Yes, micro USB v2.0

    PROCESSOR

    Chipset

    TI OMAP 4430

    TI OMAP 4430

    Type

    dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor

    dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor

    OPERATING SYSTEM

    BlackBerry tablet OS

    Android

    Comparing the physical aspects, both the tablets look almost the same but BlackBerry PlayBook is a bit slimmer and also light weight. The design is clean, compact and looks very professional. There are no annoying extra buttons and the design is kept as minimalist as possible.

    The storage space on BlackBerry device is very generous. The device comes in internal storage capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and also 64 GB. There is also 1 GB of RAM to aid in the working of the device where as Amazon Kindle fire has just 8 GB of internal storage space and 512 MB of RAM. 8GB of storage is not very bad but compared to BlackBerry it looks very inferior. But Kindle Fire is provided with cloud storage options so additional data can be uploaded online.

    The display in both the tablets is of capacitive multi touch type. The resolution is also same and at 1024 x 600 pixels. The kindle Fire has an added advantage of having a Gorilla Glass covering for the display.

    BlackBerry PlayBook comes with a price tag of about Rs. 20,000/- where as Amazon Kindle Fire has a price range is around Rs. 15,000/-.

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