The launch of LTE version of Playbook has been a recent development in the tablet market. The device is a 4G compatible tablet that simply went unnoticed as it entered the scene but this is probably because it came out after more than a year off RIM’s announcement. Last year, the tablets have become associated with quad core CPUs and high resolution screens; that is why this late arrival of LTE Playbook doesn’t go up with the latest tablets. In comparison to recent tablet launches, LTE Playbook does seem to be coming from an era long gone. But if we look at the tablet for its features and meeting of the needs, it does measure up to some of the latest tablet devices in the market including the top seller iPad3.
Playbook 4G has the similar features of device the RIM launched in 2011 aside from an upgraded CPU and the connectivity features of a 4G and LTE networks making it a more up-to-date version than its older Wi-Fi based version. But the company has played with the pricing strategy of this new release, with the 32GB device tagged at $549 without any carrier contract. If we look at the iPad3 with 32GB storage in comparison, it is priced at $729 and is considered a better device with better display, processing features and a detailed tablet app ecosystem.
Furthermore, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is priced at $470 and is equipped with a larger and better display feature and is associated with a better ecosystem. And if we compare the LTE with Galaxy Tab 7.7 for similar display sizes, the latter comes for $499.
However, Playbook 4G has an edge for its excellent 4G capabilities which provide a better upload and download speed. Along with an improved processor, 4G does makes the tablet much faster in its every action.
The operating system of LTE is similar to its mates as it runs on the Playbook 2.0 operating system. The system can use some Android apps on the tablet, but LTE or RIM is far behind its competitors in featuring apps. In this zone, Android and iOS have taken the fast road, while Windows 8 is just behind them.
The Playbook 4G has similar external features as other versions, however, a micro SIM card slot has been added to it. The tablet is capable of running for 9 hours on its battery backup, making it as good as the iPad3.
Generally, Playbook 4G doesn’t have many extraordinary features, but it does have some good points. With a strong exterior build, multi-tasking capabilities, fast performance and an advanced battery life, it does have some positives which cannot be ignored.