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The Blackberry PlayBook was Research In Motion's first QNX device and its first tablet offering. The tablet features a 7-inch capacitive display, the ability to connect a Blackberry smartphone via Blackberry bridge, and Android app virtualization.

Description

The Kindle Fire has a multitouch-capable 7-inch IPS display, a dual-core processor, and at 14.6 ounces, a pretty lightweight frame. The resolution on that screen is 1024 x 600. The battery is rated to last for eight hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (with WiFi switched off).

The HP TouchPad is the first tablet to run webOS. It features Beats Audio and wireless charging.

The Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble features a low-glare ("fully laminated") 7-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display from LG, 16GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. Its primary competition is Amazon's Kindle Fire, which costs $50 less.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Apr. 19, 2011
  • Price at launch: $499.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 15, 2011
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: Jul. 1, 2011
  • Price at launch: $499.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 17, 2011
  • Price at launch: $249.00
  • Height: 7.6 inches
  • Width: 5.1 inches
  • Thickness: 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 0.9 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo

Hardware

  • Height: 7.5 inches
  • Width: 4.7 inches
  • Thickness: 0.45 inches
  • Weight: 0.91 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 9.45 inches
  • Width: 7.48 inches
  • Thickness: 0.54 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 8.1 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Thickness: 0.48 inches
  • Weight: 0.88 pounds
  • Color: Gray
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1024 px
  • Resolution (Y): 600 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 9.7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1024 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 132
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1024 px
  • Resolution (Y): 600 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: QNX
  • Launch OS version: 1.0
  • Notable apps: Blackberry Bridge, Android app virtualization

Software

  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Kindle
  • Launch OS version: 2.3.3
  • Operating system: webOS
  • Launch OS version: 3
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Nook Color
  • Launch OS version: 2.3
  • Notable apps: Hulu Plus, Netflix
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2

Processor

  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4430
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: Qualcomm
  • CPU family: Snapdragon
  • CPU model: APQ8060
  • Clock speed: 1.2 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4430
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2

GPU

  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX540
  • Brand: Qualcomm
  • Model: Adreno 220
  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX540
  • RAM size: 1 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 512 MB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 8 GB
  • Internal size: 32 GB, 16 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Effective pixels: 3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 1080p

Front Camera

  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Digital zoom: 4 x
  • Focus type: Fixed
  • Video resolution: 1080p

Rear Camera

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro HDMI, Micro USB

Ports

  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
Proximity, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 5300 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 11 hr

Battery

  • Capacity: 4400 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 7.5 hr
  • Capacity: 6300 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr
  • Wireless charging: Yes
  • Capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 9 hr

Benchmarks

  • Quadrant: 2011
  • SunSpider: 2541.9 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hour 47 minutes
  • Quadrant: 2302
  • SunSpider: 4169.1 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours 57 minutes
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