Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE vs BlackBerry PlayBook

December 21, 2011

More and more people are becoming tablet converts preferring to use a tablet than a laptop. This is mainly due to the functionality and mobility that a tablet brings. It’s not that a tablet is better than a laptop–but if you are on the go, just want to browse the Web, and don’t want the extra bulk, a tablet is definitely the way to go. A lot of tablets have emerged in the market this year and more models are expected to enter the market next year, making it more difficult to choose from the increasing variety.

Last November, Samsung released its Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE, and from then on this Samsung device has not escaped the public’s scrutiny. Many are comparing the Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE to the BlackBerry PlayBook, to the extent that some are saying that buying a PlayBook is actually a better deal than buying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 because of the great functional features that the PlayBook brings at a better price. In this article, we will compare the two devices to see which is really the better machine. We will check out the two tablet in terms of design and display, specs, and key features.

Design and Display

The two tablets are not that far apart in terms of design, since both tablets have the same form and they almost look identical. The PlayBook is slightly smaller (194 x 130 x 10 mm) than the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm), although the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is thinner.

 

In terms of weight, the difference between their weights is almost insignificant, with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 weighing 455 grams compared to the PlayBook which weighs 425 grams. Although, arguably, that 30-gram difference can mean a lot to some people.

As for the displays, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has an 8.9-inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 800×1280 pixels compared to the BlackBerry PlayBook which has a 7.0-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a 600×1024 pixel resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is up a notch in the display department since it is relatively larger than the PlayBook.

Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is definitely better in terms of CPU because it has a dual-core 1.5 GHz ARM processor compared to the 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU of the PlayBook. So, if you are using your tablet for the pleasure of watching movies, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 packs processing hardware that can relatively guarantee that it’s the way to go.

In terms of storage, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 has 16/32 GB storage with 1 GB RAM and an external microSD card slot expandable up to 32 GB, while the PlayBook has a 16/32/64 GB storage with 1 GB RAM. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 uses Android 3.2 Honeycomb as its operating system and is expected to be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. The PlayBook uses the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

Additional Features

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 definitely has a lot of features packed into it, but it did miss out two very important features that many tablet users look for–an HDMI interface and Micro USB port. The PlayBook has those, and because of those, the PlayBook has the advantage of allowing users to stream video and audio files to their HDTVs.

Summing Up

Considering the specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE surely has some edge over the BlackBerry PlayBook, but with the PlayBook on sale at US$200 (plus the fact that its software can be updated to allow users to access the Android Market’s world of apps), it’s definitely not a bad deal for a tablet.

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Comments

  • AppleFUD

    I was rather disappointed in the 8.9 by Samsung. It seemed very laggy on the UI when I tested it. Not to mention they used a Tegra 2–would much rather have seen them use their Exynos 1.5GHz SoC.

    The size of the tablet, imo, is a very good size.

  • drakewn

    What about the Samsungs’ multitasking capabilities? And their Hi-Def front and rear cameras? I’m sure their speakers are probably way better than the PB. Any experiences with tethering with your android phone??? And is the Samsung display actually Hi-Def? As for expandable memory, can the Samsung share files on a bluetooth connection with an android phone?

    Please do yourself a favor and remove this horrendous comparison between these tablets. Everything I’ve mentioned above(everything you failed to mention) are a few of the great things about the Playbook. And don’t even bring up the apparent lack of apps, Appworld has more than enough apps, unless all you do is watch Netflix, which is lame not only for tablets, but for laptops and desktops, too.

    And to everyone wanting to comment on my comments, please get your spelling corrected beforehand or I will completely ignore you.

  • Brian s

    multitasking? speakers? cameras? display ? better than the PB, you kidding right?

  • loneweasel

    You’ve got to be joking.

    Bought a firesale playbook on an impulse on Black Friday. Already regretting it dearly. The whole thing is hopelessly crippled. It honestly doesn’t have even half the functions of the Fire.

    It’s an insanely designed device, and I don’t mean it in a good way. It looked like Lazaridis just piled on components in an empty specs race with the iPad without worrrying about how the components actually function. Leaving out the infamous absence of native email, contacts and calendar, its office suite is extremely weak, no autocorrect, its keyboard has no auto suggest, its pdf reader can’t zoom, can’t search and can’t do footnotes or bookmark, it has bluetooth but doesn’t support bt earphones, it has no ebook reader other than Kobo, the gps doesn’t work. Mind you, this was a “professional grade” tablet they were trying to sell at iPad prices to businesses.

    The full insanity of RIM condensed in a single package, that is the Playbook.

    • Jonathan Forman

      I’m confused. On my Playbook GPS works great, BT stereo is fully functional, I have several ebook readers to choose from (including Kobo and Kindle), and a fully functional PDF reader. Granted there’s still no autocorrect which is the biggest flaw.

      BTW, I also have native email, contacts, calendar and several office suites to choose from, most of which are comparable to desktop.

      I’ll give you a clue, download the beta of OS 2, your world will open up.

  • ivo passos

    Finally, they are changing the design…i’ve read lots of articles and reviews on this site http://www.androidallabout.com and they are improving a lot their design…And is looking way better than Iphone 4S, witch was a fail.

    Take a look on http://www.androidallabout.com and read all reviews about android.

  • ivo passos

    This new tablet is just amazing, lots of good applications, and of course its ANDROID!!!
    definitely this is a MUST, you can use that new application for android to make some money without doing nothing :D eheh…
    I allways read reviews on this site to know if I should buy it or not: http://www.androidallabout.com

    Thanks

  • ivo passos

    This new tablet is just amazing, lots of good applications, and of course its ANDROID!!!
    definitely this is a MUST, you can use that new application for android to make some money without doing nothing :D eheh…
    I allways read reviews on this site to know if I should buy it or not: http://www.androidallabout.com

    Thanks

  • ivo passos

    This new tablet is just amazing, lots of good applications, and of course its ANDROID!!!
    definitely this is a MUST, you can use that new application for android to make some money without doing nothing :D eheh…
    I allways read reviews on this site to know if I should buy it or not: http://www.androidallabout.com

    Thanks