iPad Vs BlackBerry PlayBook: Browser Performance

By Peter Chubb - Nov 16, 2010

The Apple iPad has had the tablet market to itself for months now, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab has ended that. There are a range of Android devices intent on taking on Apple, but it is the BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM that will offer the biggest challenge in the enterprise market.

Nilay Patel from Engadget has now got the two devices side-by-side so that he can pit them against each other. His test was to test browser performance, and the results were interesting. You will see in the video below that the iPad performs as if it is an old dial-up compared to broadband speeds.

When trying to load the same page the PlayBook loads the page much faster than the iPad, more often than not Apple’s tablet did not even start rendering the page while RIM’s device had almost loaded the entire page.

The iPad looks even worse when trying to load a page full of Flash content, but we already know about that. However, it does not stop this from still being a major issue for Apple; yes they are backing HTML 5, but websites seem to be taking an age to implement it.

What did you think of the results?

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  • Borge225

    I have a new iPad 2 and it was a $650 mistake.

  • guest

    hmmm this James guy is an obvious fanboy… haha

  • googler

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    – $249 with free shipping
    – 7 inch Color LG Touchscreen 16 million colors with anti-glare coating 1024 x 600 delivering 169 pixels per inch.
    – 8GB built in memory expandable to 32 GB with microSD card.
    – 512 MB RAM
    – Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), USB port
    – OS: Android 2.1
    – Processor: TI 800 Mhz ARM Cortex A8-based, 45nm OMAP3621
    Nook Color is better for reading than iPad and better for everything else than Kindle. Nook Color is better for $249. Nook Color screen is supposed to be better (less reflective) for reading than iPad thanks to new LG screen with anti-reflection coating. It allows to watch videos, listen to the music, view Office documents and PDF’s. Porting Android apps is not difficult. B&N says it is more like optimising them for Nook than porting them.

  • googler

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    Pro reviewers on other sites (CNET, Engadget, AllThingsDigital, etc.) mentioned that it tested to be pretty fast for apps and PDF’s, has a beautiful screen, and is a great value for the holiday season.

  • James Guimond

    The iPad rules them all and the blackberry playbook

    Will go to the grave as being the worst of it’s kind