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T-Mobile G-Slate vs BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM


T-Mobile G-Slate vs BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM
In our daily usage, all four tablets are easily capable of delivering a solid day of normal use without the urge to juice it up. However, it just seems in our experience that the iPad 2 just edges out the others in the battery life category. Still, you can expect to get a fair amount of usage with all of them throughout the day and still find some juice as you’re headed off to bed.


We’ve gone through in explaining which devices excel in specific categories, but it’s still rather difficult to concretely say which one is ultimately the cream of the crop. Naturally, there’s a host of other factors that come into play that would make one more highly prized than the other, like pricing. Taking that into consideration, the two cellular enabled Android tablets currently sport no-contract price tags of $750 and up – making them super pricey! Chiming in at a more reasonable starting price of $500 for their base Wi-Fi only models, the iPad 2 and PlayBook offer plenty of bang for the buck, and if you want to add 3G connectivity to the iPad 2, it'd still be more affordable than the Honeycomb-rocking alternatives. In any event, there’s no denying we’ll still be hearing all four of these tablets in the coming months, especially when they’re setting the pace for all others to come out after them.

T-Mobile G-Slate vs BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola XOOM:


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posted on 28 Apr 2011, 09:56 5

1. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

The Samsung Tab 8.9 will be better than all of them

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:09 5

9. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

haha well since samsung had to redo it to copy the ipad i would assume so! but maybe not as it will just be a copy

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 23:46

36. jack86 (unregistered)

I still think Samsung is in a better position than others,because they have enought experience builting TV and others electronic. Secondly, the way it sound I don't know who copy who? I think apple worry to much when his competitor is heading to close to them>

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 10:42 6

2. AppleFUD (unregistered)

Google needs to step it up with Honeycomb. . . the browser just isn't good enough right now and that's a major issue. It would also be nice to see some of the PlayBook's gestures come over to Android.

I think the QNX PlayBook OS is the most interesting but they have a ways to go with it and devs need to support the device.

Nonetheless, until Win8 tablets hit we really aren't seeing the full race.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 11:16 10

3. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Google needs to step it up? Hey, how does apple handle flash content? Oh yea.. thats right.. it cant. :) Step it up apple! Quit being a whiney snob and make a deal with Adobe.

Well, going category to category the clear winner is Honeycomb followed by QNX with iOS in last place.

best screen? QNX
best notifications? HC
best multitask HC
best browser QNX
best camera HC
Best video HC
best keyboard HC
best battery iOS
smoothest movement QNX (sorry, but apples non multitasking OS is disqualfied for being too simplistic and doesnt operate in the same category as the other 2)

most form factor/price point choices HC
most optimized apps iOS

iOS = 2
QNX = 3
HC = 6

Phone arena cant say it for some reason, but i can. By their own article, Honeycomb is the clear OS winner.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 11:32 2

4. urbanglowcam (unregistered)

uhhh no. best camera and multitasking definitely goes to the playbook. i dont see honeycomb doing 1080p video and multitasking as smoothly.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:15 2

10. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

ya ur retarted... if u want to go into everything then the ipad obviously wins... THEY SAID HONEYCOMB LAGS... ur trying to get us to think a laggy product is amazing just cause it has a better camera on a tablet? nice.. oh and i see you forgot to add the price in there hahahahahaha. what a joke. u have no credibility to ur statement. so ur telling me with only one model on each hc tablet, it has more choices? the ipad has three!!!! hahahahaha and its so much cheaper... hahahahaha u just hate on apple but the ipad 2 vs honeycomb is the wort place to show it cause wait what was that? the xoom only sold 250,000? didnt the ipad 1 sell 300,000 on its first day alone? so if u cant stand to reason just loooook at the numbersss.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 10:46 2

16. Salman Zafar (unregistered)

Point of no of units sold is not valid. When ipad came out. There was no competitor.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 01:25 2

21. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

okay... so ur telling me just cause the ipad was so revolutionary and came out a year before any other manuacturer we should not give it the credit of selling?

posted on 01 May 2011, 15:08 2

26. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)

retarded is a strong word

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:03 1

29. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

@lucas777.... hes not trying to get anyone to think a laggy product is amazing..... first, i would say using the words "laggy product" is way over statement.... its hardly laggy..... and its only hardly laggy WHEN IT VIEWS FLASH CONTENT WHICH IPAD CANNOT! thats the point he is making...

posted on 05 May 2011, 10:07 1

30. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)

and # of units sold doesnt determine whether the product is better than another by no means. there is a large amount of people out there that can be considered slaves to marketing and corporate america. if a turd in a box out sold the iphone would you then say that piece of poo is a better phone then the iphone..... poophone

posted on 09 May 2011, 16:27 1

31. tharrison4815 (unregistered)

remixfa How can you give Honeycomb the best multitasking score? The Playbook multitasking is one of its biggest selling points and puts the competition to shame. Admittedly I'm a big fan of the Playbook and would probably change a few other points to PB too - but those are personal preference, but surely QNX has a vastly superior multitasking experience?

posted on 13 May 2011, 15:08 1

33. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

spoke like a true fanboy

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 21:36 1

38. alx33 (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

This was completely biased. Having a better camera and and video has absolutely NOTHING to do with IOS which is an operating system. Grow up, get rid of your bias, then come back to PA

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 12:59 5

5. remyrz (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)

the video goes to the playbook, and performance as well cauze of the not multitasking ipad and the portrait bit lack of hC.. so it's:
iOS: 2
QNX: 5
HC: 4

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 14:24 2

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the LG shoots 1080p video just fine. 1080p in single camera mode, 720p in 3d mode. the fact that it has the capability to do a 3d mode puts it ahead regardless.

I put "performance" under smoothest movements, which i gave to QNX. Since they all pretty much run the same processor otherwise, i didnt see a need for a specific performance category since they should all be nearly identical. Also since there isnt any high end QNX games to do framerate comparisons between, u cant really judge the QNX's high end performance (a difference in drivers between platforms can make a real difference).. just how smooth the UI is.

So, my count still stands.. and either way the clear looser is iOS which was the point that Phone Arena is afraid to make.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:19 1

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

uhh ur processors statement is invalid... its like saying a sandy brdige 2.4 is the same as a core2duo 2.4....... not even close... and really, they said it lags... and a lot of that comes from software... simple fact is apple has had a year to fine tune it and the others havent

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 11:41 4

17. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

The processors statement is very valid. They are all running off a tegra2, exept for the ipad which is running off a downgraded samsung eXynos processor. They are all pretty much the same. The only difference between them is going to be how their software is optimized for the chipsets.

Apple hasnt had "a year" to fine tune anything. The iOS is by far the most simplistic and lowest resource using os of the group. It ran smooth on a single core.. did you expect different on a dual core? Then again, if apple ever implements things like ya know.. multiple screens, widgets, REAL multitasking, flash, live backgrounds, real notifications, and whatever else... the system would take up a heck of a lot more resources and slow down a bit like the other 2 OSs that actually do all that.

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 01:27 1

22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

okay... so a lagggy os is worth a few widgets? and not all processors are the same. and also i dont think the a5 is a exynos..

posted on 30 Apr 2011, 10:22 3

23. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the A5 is a samsung made dual core. It is a low end exynos. The same way that the original iPad and iPhone4's "A4" chip was a low end Humminbird processor.. the same that is found in the Galaxy S. Samsung makes the bulk of Apple's internal hardware.

And yea, all the smoothness in the world isnt worth giving up all that functionality. If im going to pay 600 bux for something i dont really need in the first place, i want functionality, not window dressing.

Besides, its not like its THAT choppy. It just seems that way when compared to the simplistic iOS. I've been playing with the Gslate at work for weeks now. Unless the thing is loaded down with pages of widgets and programs running in the background, its relatively smooth.

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 16:55 4

7. Auggie (unregistered)

why didn't PA include the Asus eee Pad it can contend with these guys if not even more

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:18 1

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

i know!!!!!!!!!! eee pad (although stupid name) is the best honeycomb tablet becuase it offers everything th eothers do and it is cheap! they did it the right way and what do ya know, they r sold out

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 19:36 2

8. roconnell35 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

Yeah same I was hoping to see the transformer up there too... phonearena hasn't even reviewed it yet, i wonder why...

posted on 28 Apr 2011, 22:43 1

13. Ali (unregistered)

The best comparison video ive seen yet

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 07:21 4

15. Vinnie (unregistered)

Seems like any Apple device will be considered better over here. Lame.

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 12:08 3

18. Apple hater (unregistered)

And again apple wins in this phonearena review.Why am not surprised :(

posted on 01 May 2011, 00:02 3

25. danny024 (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)

HAHAAHH So true.
I'm starting to doubt Phonearena now

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 12:40 2

19. ClarkJamesVZW (unregistered)

So phonearena once again gives a comparison without a clear winner? Don't you have reviews on all of these devices? If the point of a comparison is to decide which device is superior then I would say that PA has once again failed to do so. I am not an apply fan, however I think it is safe to say that value wise the iPad2 is the best device out there currently. I have used a XOOM (we have one at work) and I love it. If price is no factor I think it is the best device, but price considered the iPad currently takes the cake.

I only wish PA could have made a decision so I could contrast my views to theirs....

posted on 29 Apr 2011, 20:49 1

20. IOS5 (unregistered)

I try out all of those tabs still ipad2 the best for lot of reason:
- faster than all those tabs
- better battery life
- more apps 65000 and better garpics and lots of HD games that xoom and can't offorded play book it's a nice tab but no apps, no mail client, no Facebook client the best thing on play book the browser with full flash and you tube client and by the way honey comp multitasking it's a copy of iPad multitasking no different freez the app! The real multitasking is only play book admit that.

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