RIM PlayBook, Samsung Tab and iPad, tablet war is getting hot
It seems that the tablet war is getting momentum. Today we heard RIM, the makers of BlackBerry smartphone offering their tablet, PlayBook at a price below $500 clearly indicating that the Canadian tablet maker aims to make it tough for Apple’s iPad. RIM launched PlayBook in September this year and since then gadget analysts have been wondering which will be a true iPad killer; Samsung’s Galaxy Tab or the Playbook.
Each tablet has its pros and cons and to be able to compete with the gigantic iPad, which has sold over 7 million units since its launch, the winner has be the one that could shift users’ vote from the iPad in its favor.
Of the three, price is going to be a significant factor. Samsung Galaxy Tab that becomes available at $599.99 (without contract) from today is a little overpriced than the PlayBook whose specific price is yet to come but we know that the same would be under $500. The iPad, on the other hand has the price range between $499 and $839 depending upon the Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and memory.
The next important feature is the screen size that the tablets have. Apple’s iPad is a clear winner with a 9.7 inch screen that is bigger than Tab’s and PlayBook’s 7-inch display. But here too Samsung has added that extra touch by offering tough gorilla screen that can stand your daily abuse much easily.
The operating system again is a big factor that decides tablet’s success. We have heard about Apple’s iOS that powers the iPad and much popular Google’s Android OS Froyo 2.2 that powers the Tab. And both tend to give a tough competition to RIM’s PlayBook that has BlackBerry OS in its latest edition under its skin.
We know that the future of operating system belongs to the iOS followed swiftly by Android and in this scenario it would be interesting to see what BlackBerry’s OS does to kill that competition.
The storage offered by the three tablets in question will also decide their future in the tablet war. We have no official announcement about PlayBook’s storage but Tab’s storage of 16GB with an expandable microSD card that takes it to up to 32 GB is definitely preferred against iPad’s fixed memory options of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.
Coming to the multimedia features RIM’s PlayBook is a leader with a 5MP rear camera and 3MP front facing camera for video conferencing. It also supports video recording in 1080 p. Samsung Galaxy Tab offers a 1.3 MP for video calls and a 3.2 MP camera for photos but we have some serious complaints regarding its picture quality. On the other hand iPad has no camera at all.
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