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Tablet PC Review: BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad 2 vs Galaxy Tab

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When there are comparison between BlackBerry PlayBook and Apple iPad, there are voices saying that it is not letimate, as iPad has been available for several monthes, while BlackBerry PlayBook will be available in the first quarter of 2011. Well, even though we do not have the exact specifications about iPad 2 yet, there are rumors saying iPad 2 will be launched in April 2011 or the first quarter like BlackBerry PlayBook for the competing.


Since we have compared Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad, we will take the three recent tablet PCs with specifications compared according to 5 factors like size, camera, storage, multitasking and media support.



While BlackBerry PlayBook and Galaxy Tab provide 7-inch display with 1024x600 resolution, Apple CEO Steve Jobs suggested that iPad 2 would not be 7-inch tablet, considering the 7" tablet is not sufficient for great tablet apps. However, there are rumor saying that iPad 2 will be thinner.


Samsung Galaxy Tab is equipped with 1.3MP front camera and 3MP rear camera, and RIM announced BlackBerry PlayBook with advanced 3MP front camera and 5MP rear camera for conference calls. The camera on iPad has been a hot topic when comparing to other tablet PCs. And iPad 2 will be equipped with camera too. The camera on tablet PC will be a must then.


Samsung Galaxy Tab is available with 16GB / 32GB internal storage, and expansion storage with microSD. Apple iPad provides 16GB / 32GB / 64GB as internal storage, but no expandable storage. BlackBerry PlayBook supplies 16GB / 32GB / 64GB storage, and the expandable storage support is unknown yet.


It is confirmed that Samsung Galaxy Tab with Android 2.2 and BlackBerry PlayBook with BB Tablet OS support multitasking. Apple iPad with iOS3 does not support multitasking and the iOS4 now is available for multitasking. There is no doubt that iPad 2 will support multitasking. The processor will be upgraded in iPad 2.


Media support:
While BlackBerry PlayBook and Galaxy Tab support recording 1080p HD videos, there is no problem for the playback of 1080p videos. So far with the iPhone 4 cameras, the HD video will be up to 720p, not 1080p. Thus, iPad 2 may record up to 720p videos.


While there is Flash 10.1 support in Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook, it is convenient to browse web content and Flash videos. The built-in player of BlackBerry PlayBook supports H.264, MPEG-4 and WMV files. Samsung Galaxy Tab seems to support more media formats with DivX AVI. The media support for iPad 2 might be similar to the current version with H.264 and MPEG-4 for .mp4, .m4v and .mov.


If you would like to play more videos and movies on the tablet PC like BlackBerry PlayBook, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad (2), you can use Aunsoft Video Converter as tablet PC video converter to convert the unsupported formats to MP4 for smooth video playback. For example, you will play MKV and TiVo on BlackBerry PlayBook, iPad 2, and Galaxy Tab in ease.