Tablet World Series Game 4: BlackBerry PlayBook vs. Stream eLocity A7, Voting Ends 10/25 at 12:00 a.m.

In the final first-round match-up of the Tablet World Series, we have the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook taking on the Stream Elocity A7 for a berth in the championship series. Let’s have a look at the two contenders here and then you can decide by casting your vote below.

Update: BlackBerry PlayBook has won 65 percent to 35 percent. Check back at 10 am on October 25th, for the next game at laptopmag.com/tablet-world-series.

BlackBerry PlayBook

Though it won’t ship until sometime in 2011, RIM recently announced the BlackBerry PlayBook, which sports a new QNX Tablet OS and targets the professional crowd. BlackBerry pairing and full document editing are supported and Adobe Flash 10.1 support is also expected. Anticipated specs include:


  • 7-inch 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • 1-GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • 5.1 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Weighs approximately 0.9 pounds
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 3G and 4G models in the future

Stream eLocity A7

The eLocity A7 is a Tegra 2 based tablet with a reasonable $369 price tag and Android 2.2 preloaded. Though it doesn’t have the official Android Market, it does feature GetJar, an alternative market with over 75,000 apps.

Unlike the PlayBook, which is focused on work, the eLocity A7 is focused on entertainment with the ability to output 1080p video via its HDMI-out port and bundled HDMI cable. Where BlackBerry’s product won’t be out for quite a long time, the A7 is available for pre-order right now on Amazon. It has the following specs:

  • 7-inch, 800 x 480 capacitive screen
  • 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra II T-250 CPU
  • 512MB of On-board memory
  • 4GB eMMC Memory Module
  • 802.11g Wireless
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam
  • USB 2.0 port
  • HDMI-Out connector

So which tablet get to advance, the business-oriented BlackBerry PlayBook or the entertainment-focused eLocity A7? Vote below, up until October 25th at 12:00 a.m. ET.

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking and accessories. She's proud to say she loves each and every one of her phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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