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:
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 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.