BlackBerry PlayBook vs. Apple iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom

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RIM’s new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now available. When it was first announced at the tail end of 2010, it was expected to be one of the more intriguing tablets of 2011, with the potential to establish itself as one of the devices to beat. But now there are two devices available that have already gained that distinction: the Apple iPad 2, always popular with critics and consumers alike; and the generally well-received Motorola Xoom.

Does the BlackBerry PlayBook set itself apart from these two market giants? Or is it destined to fall short and become just another screen in the crowd? We won’t know for sure until April 19 (or probably well beyond), but with the PlayBook’s market plunge looming we can look at the all-important hardware specs to see just what RIM’s tablet is bringing to the fight.

BlackBerry PlayBook Apple iPad 2 Motorola Xoom 4G
Screen Size 7 in 9.7 in 10.1 in
Resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 768  1280 x 800
Operating System BlackBerry Tablet OS iOS Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Processor 1 GHz Dual-Core TI OMAP 4430 1GHz Dual-Core Apple A5 Chip 1GHz Dual-Core NVIDIA T20
RAM 1 GB 512 MB 1GB LP DDR2
Data BlackBerry Bridge, tethering 3G 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX (rumored)
Carrier Those supporting BlackBerry smartphones, 4G PlayBook expected on major carriers this summer AT&T, Verizon         Verizon, Sprint (rumored)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth

2.1 + EDR

2.1 + EDR

2.1 + EDR + HID

Ports HDMI, Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset 30-pin, 3.5 mm headset USB, HDMI, 3.5 mm headset
Front-Facing Camera 3 MP HD .3 MP 2 MP 
Rear-Facing Camera 5 MP HD                  .7 MP HD (720p) 5 MP HD
Internal Memory 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 32GB                          
Weight .9 lbs 1.3 lbs 1.6 lbs
Dimensions 5.1 x 7.6 x 4 in (h, w, d) 9.5 x 7.3 x .35 in

9.8 x 6.6 x .51 in

Price $499-$599 $499-$829 $800 ($600 with 2-yr contract from Verizon)               

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