Blackberry Playbook versus Motorola XOOM

In the recent times, the target of almost every other mobile phone corporation has been to develop a tablet PC in competition to the iPad and truth be told, some of them have been quite efficacious at it. Motorola and Blackberry also belong to this list and have recently released the Motorola XOOM and the Blackberry Playbook respectively. We love these devices and we thought we would pit them against each other and find out their strengths and weaknesses, if any.


The Playbook is a pretty sleek device, measuring just about 194.1 mm in length, 130 mm in breadth and 10 mm in thickness. The tech-packed XOOM, on the other hand is about 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm when scaled lengthwise, breadthwise and depth-wise respectively. The XOOM is really heavy when compared to the Playbook at 730g against the 425g of the latter. The weight and size of the XOOM can be attributed to the 10.1” screen which is a TFT capacitive one as compared to the 7.0” screen of the same class in the Playbook.

Operating System:

Well, trademark operating systems again at play. While the XOOM runs on the tablet version of the Android OS, i.e. the Honeycomb or v3.0, the Playbook runs on the OS that has Blackberry’s insignia deeply etched on it, the Blackberry OS. The Playbook is powered by a 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, a PowerVR GPU embedded on a TI OMAP chipset. While the processor speed is same in both the devices, an ULP GeForce GPU is present in the XOOM which has a Tegra 2 T20 chipset.


Both the devices offer users the option of choosing from 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage and are fitted with 1GB of RAM space for enabling faster data transfer. However, a microSD card slot is present only in the XOOM which allows users to expand their memory by 32GB through the use of a memory card. The Playbook sadly proffers no such feature.


The tablets are not fitted with features that enable 2G or 3G communications unlike many other tablets available in the market today but are blessed with excellent features when it comes to WLAN and Bluetooth facilities. microUSB slots are present in the devices for enabling connection to a PC or laptop for file transfer and backup creation.


Awesome five megapixel shooters adorn the backs of both the tablets which can shoot crystal clear pictures and though it is not like you are goanna take your tablet out every time you want to pixelate a memorable moment, it doesn’t hurt to have decent cameras in your tablet PCs. Video recording at 1080p quality is present in the Playbook while in the XOOM it is restricted to a quality of 720p. A 3MP secondary camera can be found in the façade of the Blackberry tablet while in the case of the Motorola one, a 2MP one is present.


The Playbook has a 5300 mAh lithium polymer battery which is pretty decent but we don’t understand how that is expected to perform on par with the other tablets of the era. The XOOM’s battery details are not known yet to us. We will keep you posted on that aspect!