Friday, March 16, 2012

200$ Tablet

The 200$ Investment!!!
RIM has decreased the price of its BlackBerry PlayBook OS version 2.0 to 200$, which is a massive decrease in the cost. 
What is the reason??
Well having Introduced in the market to compete with the likes of I-Pad and Android Tabs, it couldn't live up to the Expectations and failed terribly at the market. It wasn't as competitive as the other tablets in its price range and didn't have that great features.
Now RIM has decreased the price of its tablet to 200$ for 16 gigs and is back in the market. People say that RIM has decreased the price coz it is planning to go out of market in the tablet business,but i really feel that with this slash in price they are back in the business.

Competition :
I was looking to buy a new tablet, something not too expensive but powerful and something that was portable.
I had already ruled out Ipad 2 and Galaxy tab as they were too out of my pocket.
I had short listed 3 tablets in the category of in and around 300$ they were
1.Kindle Fire
3.BlackBerry PlayBook

Technical Comparison
Kindle Fire :-
Courtesy Amazon - Kindle Fire

Display - 7-inch multi touch display with IPS technology and anti reflective treatment.
               1024 X 600, 169 pixels per inch (PPI)

Dimensions - 7.5"x4.7"x0.45"

Weight- 14.6 ounces

On - Device Storage - 8GB internal Storage. No memory slot.

Wi-Fi - Internal Wi-Fi is present

USB - USB 2.0

Audio - 3.5mm stereo audio jack, top mounted stereo speaker.

Formats Supported - (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP,
                                  non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

NOOK Specs :

Slim, Light & Portable -  Height: 8.1 inches

                                      Width: 5.0 inches
                                      Depth: 0.48 inches
                                      Weight: 15.8 ounces

Display -    7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen
                  16 million+ colors on IPS display
                  High resolution display -- 1024 X 600, 169 pixels per inch (PPI)

Web and Email -      Enhanced Web browsing with video via Adobe® Flash® Player  

                                Parental controls to easily disable the Web browser

                                Check & send email all from one inbox.


Built-in Wi-Fi® -    Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi® (802.11b/g/n)

Supported File Types - 

 Load EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM) or PDF file types from your computer or microSD card Other documents supported: CBZ, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT, DOCM, XLSM,  PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, MP4, AAC


Battery Life - Read for up to 8 hours without recharging with wireless off
                     Installed rechargeable battery 
         Charge from a wall outlet using the in-box Power Adapter and USB Cable                             (charging time: approximately 3 hours from wall outlet)

Memory -     8GB(up to 5,000 books) built-in memory (6GB for content; 5GB reserved for B&N content) 

                     Expandable storage up to 32GB with microSD memory card

Pre-Loaded NOOK Apps -  Pandora internet radio, Chess, Crossword, Sudoku, Media Gallery, NOOK  Friends, Email

BlackBerry PlayBook-
Display - TFT Capacitive Touch screen, 16M colors, Multi Touch.
Dimentsions - 194x130x10mm
Weight - 425g
Sound - Speakers and 3.5mm Stereo Jack.
Memory - No card Slot
                 Internal Storage 16GB,32GB,64GB and 1GB RAM
Wi-Fi - Internal Wi-fi.

Bluetooth -Yes.
USB -Yes

Camera - Primary (Back Camera ) 5MP, 2592x1944 pixels,autofocus
               video  yes
               Secondary( Front Camera) 3MP

Operating System - BlackBerry Tablet OS v2.0
CPU   -   Dual - core 1.5GHz
Email - Push Email
Micro HDMI port
Document Viewer 
Media Player - MP3/WMA/AAC+
Video Player
Predictive text input.

For people who are more interested in reading novels and want a nice collection of books then i would recommend going for either Kindle Fire or Nook. Their online collection of books is really vast whereas Playbook has no such collection.

Nook overtakes Kindle in the Section of display and RAM as Nook color has a better display and better RAM. Nook has a better surface on the backside to hold the tablet whereas in Kindle its a little more slippery.

But Amazon has a better Collection of books on its Market . Also, Nook has a large amount of Internal Memory saved for Applications and books from Barnes & Noble's Market and very less for user but it does have slot for an External memory card which is not present in playbook or kindle fire.

Many units of Kindle Fire has faulty Wi-Fi and people have issues connecting with the internet and many users have not given it a good rating on the Amazon's official site itself because of its lagging experience.

Reviews about Wifi - You are Not Alone!!!

The display is not as good as the NOOK color and NOOK wins hands down in terms of RAM, performance, display and Handling.

In all Nook is a little better than Kindle fire and currently Nook color is placed at 169$ where as fire is at 199$.

BlackBerry PlayBook - 
In its Price range i would say this is the best tablet beating NOOK and Kindle in terms of Memory, RAM, CPU, Multi Tasking.

Though the other 2 have android as the basic OS and have access to some applications from the android market, BB market is not as good.

Common games like Angry Bird is charged between 4 to 5$.
The range of utility Softwares available in the BB market for free is very less but it does give software's for PDF reading, Word, Excel for free.

official Sites for - 

In all I would recommend to buy a BB Playbook in case your main purpose to buy a tablet is not reading  novels but official use or to have a tablet experience. 
For Novels the choice would be yours as NOOK color and Kindle Fire both are almost at par.

Thank you.

Your comments and Suggestions are always welcome.

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