Kindle Fire vs. BlackBerry Playbook


Amazon’s first tablet was in center of the stage for quite a while. What has the Kindle Fire to offer? Is it a better choice than BlackBerry Playbook? Which are the advantages of the Kindle Fire over the PlayBook? Probaly most of you ask: Should I take BlackBerry PlayBook or Kindle Fire? Let’s find out what’s inside these two tablets. At first glance, both tablets look almost identical.


In terms of design, their form factor is simple, classic and elegant, visually featuring a similar look. Regarding the exact dimensions, RIM’s tablet is 4mm taller than the Kindle Fire, slightly slimmer and lighter.


The PlayBook weighs 400 grams, while the Kindle Fire has 413 grams. Overall, both tablets come with a stylish yet appealing design, so it’s a draw at this category. The PlayBook and Kindle Fire are part of the 7-inch tablets segment, including a multi-touch and capacitive 7-inch screen with the same resolution of 1024×600 pixels plus an identical pixel density of 170 ppi.


The Kindle Fire comes also equipped with a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass technology for its IPS touchscreen to keep it safe and secure, apart from unwanted scratches, bumps and more dirts. Once again, we have a draw.


The lack of a camera on the Kindle Fire is one of its inconvenient points. Those who prefer a tablet with camera can take the PlayBoook into consideration. The Kindle Fire comes also without a microphone.


BlackBerry PlayBook is equipped with a primary 5 megapixel camera which is capable of 1080p video capture plus a secondary front facing cam of 3MP, great for self portraits or video calls. Obviously, the PlayBook wins this category.


In the processor section, we have another draw. Both tablets include the same dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a TI OMAP 4430 chipset. They have also the same PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing unit. Basically, there is nothing different here.


Wanna know more about the storage space?  Well. the PlayBook is quite generous with its capacity. You can choose from three models: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB built-in memory. No matter what version you’ll take, all of them include 1GB of RAM. Regarding the Kindle Fire, it has only 8GB and 52MB of RAM. The built-in memory for Amazon’s tablet isn’t bad at all, but it’s small in comparison with the three generous versions of the PlayBook. Anyway, the space is enough for all your content you can access from the free cloud storage. Still, we compare it with the PlayBook, which wins this category.


As far as the software part is concerned, we see two different platforms. First of all, Blackberry PlayBook runs RIM’s the QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS, which is quite a great platform for the company’s fans. It comes with a fast and great user interface with support for Adobe Flash, Mobile Air or HTML 5. RIM’s platform is a good one, competitive with Google’s Android and iOS. Amazon’s Kindle Fire is Android-based but it has been designed in Amazon’s image. The tablet will not offer access to Android Market, instead users will be able to purchase or download for free apps and services from Amazon App Store.


For music and films, the Kindle Fire has the Amazon Prime, a service that is free for 30 days for those wo decide purchasing the tablet. There is also an ultra fast web browser called Amazon Silk. Basically, this is the forte point for the Kindle Fire; it offers a wide range of services: music, movies, books and more. Although it looks like a eReader Book, it is a tablet with no buttons included. Regarding the connectivity part, Amazon’s Kindle Fire is only compatible with Wi-Fi, with no 3G section.


The PlayBook has also Bluetooth v.2.1 with A2DP, EDR. As you probably know, the feature that has been drawn everyone’s attention is the pricing. Amazon announced its upcoming tablet for only $200.


The Kindle Fire will be hitting the market last month in the mid-November(2011). Due the fact that its price is quite appealing, these days Best Buy announced that RIM’s tablet price tag has deopped with $200. The first model is available for $299, the 32GB costs $399, while the last one is available for $499. Conclusion We’ve been seeing a lot of similarities between these two tablets which have the same 7-inch screen. Even so, the PlayBook has the advantage of one camera included plus more storage space.


Furthermore, the PlayBook comes with a roomy 1GB of RAM. Amazon’s first tablet offers a large array of services which makes it a great device for wathcing movies, playing games or listen to music.


The decision is yours and you choose what suits best your needs. Thank you for reading my post.

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