As far as I can tell, the BlackBerry PlayBook is the best 7-inch tablet in the market right now. However, Google’s Nexus 7 has generated

Can the Google Nexus 7 woo me away from the BlackBerry PlayBook?

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As far as I can tell, the BlackBerry PlayBook is the best 7-inch tablet in the market right now. However, Google’s Nexus 7 has generated a lot of buzz since its announcement weeks back. As a matter of fact, if responses to the Nexus 7 here on Mobility are anything to go by, quite a number of people are getting one.

I got thinking this morning, and asked myself why I am not excited about getting one. Naturally, the question boiled down to this: “What does the Nexus 7 have to offer me above what the BlackBerry PlayBook does right now?” Sounds like a fair question, right?

I may not be able to answer that question fully till I have handled one, but a review unit of the Google Nexus 7 is headed my way. Once here, I can match actual performance. But in the meantime, here is a comparison spec sheet for your convenience:

Nexus 7 Advantages

The Nexus 7 is lighter at 340g, and has a better screen resolution at 800 x 1280 pixels, compared to the PlayBook’s 600 x 1024 pixels.

The Nexus 7 has NFC, Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 (against the PlayBook’s dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU), and Video-calling in the mix.

On the software side, the Nexus 7 has Android’s massive apps collection backing it up.

PlayBook Advantages

PlayBook has 16/32/64 GB storage options, as against the Nexus 7’s 8/16GB. It also has a 5 MP autofocus camera, against the Nexus 7’s 1.2 MP camera. It also has a 3 MP secondary camera. The Nexus 7 has none.

The PlayBook also has a Micro HDMI port.

On the software side, there’s Blackberry Bridge support, allowing Blackberry smartphone users to connect the tablet to their smartphone to share files and BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), and for remote control use.

The PlayBook aslo sports a bigger Lithium-Polymer 5300 mAh battery, against the Nexus 7’s 4325 mAh unit.

The PlayBook’s native app support is not as extensive as Android’s, but in addition to that, the PlayBook OS supports apps ported from Android.

Both devices lack a microSD card slot, so that’s a strike for both. Both devices look good. It is interesting that after a year on the market, the PlayBook is still a very capable device.

I am expecting a review unit of the Nexus 7 shortly, and then perhaps I shall find out if the Nexus 7 can woo me away from my beloved PlayBook.

  1. @Mr mo,,,you didn’t mention the price difference,, the nexus 7 is selling at an almost give away price which is contributing significantly to the buzz surrounding it,,am getting as soon as i set eyes on it!

  2. Though 7 inch tabs don’t float my boat, If I had to chose a 7 inch tab, I certainly would not go for the Nexus 7. The fact it doesn’t have an SD card slot is a major deal breaker for me. I would rather buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 inch. It offers me better options than the Nexus 7.

    Now the alleged price point is just hype. Most people use the $200 price to highlight how cheap the tab is forgetting that’s the price for the 8GB version of which only 5GB is availaible for use.

    The 16GB costs $250 the same with the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 running on ICS out of the box.

    I also feel that the processor specs and the capacity of the battery is a mismatch. Go figure.

  3. @ovogbinaka the so called give away price is for the 8 GB version @ $200 of which around 5GB is available for use. What can someone really do with a 5GB tab?

  4. I considered it for a while and dropped it because I read somewhere that jellybean will not get flash support.
    So, I am holding on to my playbook. Besides, how else can I use up the 3GB BIS data allowance without connecting to the playbook?

  5. Keweno – are you sure that is right? The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ 16GB with ICS wifi only is the same price as the Google Nexus 7 16GB?

    In my research, the price was comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ with ICS 8GB, not the 16GB version (unless the price has changed in the past few hours).

  6. Mr Mo, why should it woo you away from the Playbook? Does it have to be “either” “or”?

    If I had my way I would have both.

  7. @noni thanks for the correction. I didn’t string my sentences correctly. I actually meant that.

  8. Etimbukbassey,

    The playbook is still the best 7″ tablet in the market for folks that OWN a blackberry.

    Hahaha! My sentiments too, but I shall wait till the Nexus 7 gets here before delivering my judgement.

    You never can tell 😉

  9. What do you guys think of the upcoming WINDOWS 8 tablets? I currently own an ACER netbook which has been serious value for money for me and a decent smartphone with which I’ve been getting work done. I’m tempted by all these tablets but I am waiting for a good windows tablet even at a premium price.

  10. @abimbola sojimi, if I will be buying a tablet for myself, that tablet wil most likely be the surface. I am loving everything about it.

    @Mr Mo, I am still having problems signing on here using my chrome mobile and the stock ICS browser. I sign in through the Facebook window but it keeps stopping half way and will not allow the MN page to load back after redirecting to Facebook. I forced to using opera mini/ dolphin browser all the time. Can you help us look into it. I love my chrome mobile. Thanks.

  11. With me PlayBook still hold the ace. I am still digging it. I am not swimming with the current tide

  12. Mr Mo – if a person can have more than one phone, if they choose they can have more than one tablet. There is no unwritten rule against that is there?

  13. Yes, I think Noni has got a point here. If Mr. Mo could proudly boast of 4 or more smartphones at a time, I can’t see how 2 tablets is going to be out of place. But then, it may be a personal thing, just like having multiple smartphones at the same time.

    Meanwhile, I believe this Microsoft Surface Tablet is really going to be a killer device when it arrives, but the price maybe a serious hurdle for people on budget and that is one thing I think the Google Nexus 7 Tablet has over the Surface besides higher number of apps.

  14. People tend to have more than one phone for functional reasons – usually the need to carry multiple SIMs.

    Multiple tablets, however…

  15. Ah Mr Mo, not necessarily true – there are more phones in our house than active SIMS. This isn’t just true for me, I know this is also true for most of my friends. Always good to have a backup if the main phone plays up.

    And these are people who buy phones for functional reasons, not collectors or gadget junkies 🙂

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