BlackBerry Playbook Vs Nexus 7 review for Christmas 2013

By Alan Ng - Nov 27, 2013

In continuation of our popular tablet comparisons that we have been showing you throughout this month, we now have another heated dual for you to enjoy. BlackBerry may be focusing on expanding their BlackBerry 10 OS, but we’ve seen that there is still a lot of demand in the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, from consumers who are eager to pick up a bargain during the sales.

The BlackBerry Playbook may be considered an old tablet after releasing in August 2012, but it is still a very capable tablet for those that have casual and business usage in mind. A quick refresh of specs for you: It comes equipped with a 7-inch display, a 1.5Ghz Dual-Core processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory.

It also has a 5MP camera on the back which supports 1080p video and a very impressive high-quality 3MP camera on the front which we don’t see very often on tablet devices – even the Nexus 7 2013, which many consumers consider is the tablet to beat at the moment.

In comparison, the Nexus 7 2013 only features a 1.2MP camera on the front, so this is one advantage of the PlayBook in this case. Having said that, the Nexus 7 is powered by a quad-core processor so Google’s device wins out in other areas.


If you really are searching for the best BlackBerry Playbook price in 2013, we think you’ll find the below video review very useful. We have added a clip which pits the BlackBerry Playbook vs the Nexus 7 in around 13 minutes.

It should help you decide whether you still think BlackBerry’s tablet is worthwhile, although bear in mind that we may see an upgrade in 2014 which will run on the new BlackBerry 10 OS.

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  • Dickman

    Don’t confuse Flash with Flash Player. Even though Adobe will stop supporting FlashPlayer for tablet/android they are working hard on Flash within HTML on mobile devices. It frequently comes up in discussions between Apple and Adobe but both Apple and Android/Google work on Flash based products. Expect Adobe Air to be a big force on all platforms.

  • George

    BlackBerry have officially stopped the support for the PlayBook, so no new OS in 2014.

    I own a Tab2 and a PlayBook. If you are even considering the PlayBook, i urge you to look somewhere else. It’s full of problems, and doesn’t work well. It has barely any support from the major companies.

    • Dickman

      You can look elsewhere but the Playbook has a few pros: decent front facing speakers, and the system is configured to run Adobe Air (the only one!).The Kindle Fire HD is the one to compare it with, and it would be a better option.
      However, in the transition period we’re in right now there are multiple problems concerning HTML video, browser support, Flash for mobile, apps and websites. A lot of websites are still running desktop Flash Player as standard until HTML will be sorted out and a nr of apps for mobile are not ready yet and perform badly.Too many variables here.These things should have been settled long ago, but issues keep creeping up. Blackberry’s Playbook delivers a pretty decent performance NOW. True, on paper there are quite a few better performing tablets, and most are likely to become more stable in the future, but not just yet. They have been saying that for the last 3 years.

      • dickman

        btw, i don’t own a Playbook.