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.


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.

Which of these two will be your new or next tablet?

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Ken East
Ken is an expert on management and is currently engrossed with his newly started adventure in logistics management. But, that's only his second love. His first love, of course, and without being mushy when this is said, is Android.