Latest tablet reviews are out
The latest tablet reviews have been out and boy I'm I confused with how they pick a winner........
Here are the top 3 tablets in the review.
#1 The new iPad3
#2 Microsoft Surface ...... Why is the Surface #2 on the list when it really has no apps? The Playbook got bashed for the last 2 years for this reason.
#3 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Here are the catagories that they used to judge.
Rear Camera - #1 is 5mp - # 2 is 1.2mp - # 3 is 3mp. Hmmmmm... PlayBook tie with 1st place tablet.
Front Camera - #1 has 0.3mp - # 2 has 1.2mp - # 3 has 0.3mp. Hmmmmm... PlayBook in better than all top 3.
Battery Life - #1 rated @10 hrs - # 2 Rated @ 8hrs - # 3 Rated @ 10hrs. Hmmmmm... PlayBook tie with 1st and 3rd place tablets.
Storage size - #1 has 64GB - #2 has 64G - #2 has 32GB. Hmmmmm... PlayBook tie with 1st and 2nd place tablets.
Processor Speed - #1 has a 1Ghz - #2 has a 1.3Ghz - #3 has a 1Ghz processor. Hmmmmm... PlayBook tie with 1st and 3rd place tablets.
Processor Cores - #1 has a 2 cores - #2 has a 4 cores - #3 has a 2 cores. Hmmmmm... PlayBook tie with 1st and 3rd place tablets
The PlayBook placed 9th ........ WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP.......
You can check outall the reviews here.
Last edited by kretch; 12-05-12 at 09:56 AM."People may not remember exactly what you did or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
- 12-04-12, 07:50 PM #3
The playbook is not rated at 10 hours. I think it was 6-8 according to most tests. the "criteria" seems rather irrelevant IMO. Number of cores doesnt matter if they are 500 ghz compared to 1.5 ghz etc.
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-04-12, 08:55 PM #4
- 156 Posts
You didn't cite the source.
The PB SoC is about on par with the A5 in iPad2. The A5X while 2x CPU cores second gen Cortex, it has 4x GPU cores, theoretically about 2x better than the 10" iPad2's display.
PB battery life is rated at about 7.5h if my memory serves me well, and is measured by playing movies back to back, and (I think) with wifi on.
The PB hw is still great even for an almost 2 year old. The sw eco killed its uptake. Can't say whether the ranking is justified based on the excerpt given.
- 12-04-12, 11:07 PM #5
Does the OP seriously think the PB ranks anywhere near the iPad3 or Samsung (I know nothing about the Surface) simply because it compares on several of many factors (and mine doesn't come close to 10 hours of battery life in real-time use even with wifi off). If he does, I suggest he head down to the nearest electronics shop and give them a head-to-head try, and he will be quickly disabused of such silly ideas.Acer Asprie S755-6832, Playbook, Samsung SII HD LTE, HTC One v
- 12-05-12, 08:16 AM #7
Ipad 3 will always win due to media hype. IMO i think it is too awkward to hold and itunes is awful to use. other than that is an ok device for apps, my 3 year old just loves playing on it, just about the only person in the house to use it. The surface suprises me the most as there has been alot of security concerns with it and complaints about the keyboards not standing up to use,so glad i didnt go with my original plan to get one. The samsung is a good device, had the pleasure of setting a family members. I couldnt find any real issues with it.
I personally think if you consider all factors, the playbook trumps for me, because of ease of use, size and price. It can do mostly all the same things as the 3 listed devices, but cheaper! Sounds quality is 2nd to none and does what i want it to do.
Which is ultimately the best is down to personal preferance, or as this review was based, who spends the most money on advertising.
- CrackBerry Genius
12-05-12, 08:47 AM #8
- 2,307 Posts
funny that web browsing experience/capabilities (one of the key factors for a tablet), is not listed. My experience with PB vs iPad is that other than the fact the PB is smaller, its a much better browser....which is one of the key points in selecting such a device. My wife has an iPad 3, and the browsing experience leaves here frustrated quite often.
Apps are gowing, and I figure the current PB's will be upgradeable to BB10 at some point, and the apps list will grow from there.
I don't get the 9th place either.... PB has never gotten any love
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-05-12, 10:25 AM #12
- 313 Posts
Did anyone else do the tablet purchase configurator? I did and funny, it only had 5 choices, and the Windows Surface was not one, even though it was #2 in their reviews. Told me I should get the T-Mobile G-Slate, with Asus Transformer as my second choice and the Ipad 2 as my 3rd choice, even though I had said I didn't like the Apple and Android OS, and my budget was under $300. It didn't give me the Windows or BB OS as a choice. And I choose small screen over large screen. Yet all of the top 3 offered were large screen. So talk about slanted. You would think it would cover all of the top 10.
- 12-05-12, 11:17 AM #14
OK so it appears they did reviews for each product, short ones but better than nothing. And it did the ratings based on 4 categories (Features, Hardware, Display, Ease of Use), not just specs like the OP did.
Their review was actually very positive on the device but the "numbers" just didnt seem to reflect it really. The playbook is going against some very new and impressive tablets with better specs and displays so its hard to really say that its not showing its age.
Bottom line its nice to see they included the PB even after 1.5 years on the market in the comparison and the review was good.
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-05-12, 11:42 AM #15
- 198 Posts
- 12-05-12, 12:17 PM #17
If you notice the pictures they have on the review are from before 2.0 came out and their flash version is the old one. It is the same review that had for their best tablets 2012, they never updated it.
The reason I know is that when I was doing my research for what tablet to buy, I read this review over and over again and remember it very well.
Last edited by wafa510; 12-05-12 at 12:27 PM.Lovin' the Playbook and hatin' the cynics!
- 12-05-12, 02:08 PM #22
BB 950, BB 6280, BB 7290, BB 8800, BB 9000, BB 9800, BB 9810, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 4
PlayBook 64GBGoogle Nexus 10
BlackBerry user since 2001 . . . until 2013
- 12-05-12, 02:09 PM #23
OP - I agree that the PB, even after 18 months still has very competitive hardware. And the OS is very responsive with an easy to use UI.
But where the PlayBook FAILS is quality apps and content. Sure there are now hundreds of thousands of apps in App World... but if you took the top ten iPad apps and compare them to their counterpart in App World you will see that the PlayBook is not getting the support it needs to be successful. As for content, the music and video stores are... an after thought at best.
Imagine it was fifteen years ago and you spouse bought you a new Dell computer with RedHat installed instead of Windows... it might be a great computer and a powerful OS, but you are going to be very limited by what the OS is able to run and what you can do with it. No doubt you would be installing a copy of Windows 98 on another partition as soon as you could.... but what if you couldn't install a different OS??? What if you were forced to use your new computer and learn all about Linux? You would still have a browser, you still have an office suite and they are a number of developers that are building some cool apps... that would be enough right?
- 12-05-12, 05:10 PM #24
I questioned the method in which the reviewer is assigning the rating for each category.
As an example. In the features category, the PB has better features than IPAD and Surface. Yet the PB only got a 7.5 vs 10 for the latter.
Same goes for the Hardware.
The only undisputed will be the disaplay.
The ease of use can be very subjective.
The sad part is that 90% of the consumers will decide on a tablet base on comparisons lilke this.
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