In the world of modern technology, smartphones & tablets are always evolving. RIM is always striving to bring forth a groundbreaking product that puts it ahead of other competitors. Today, we will take a brief look at their most recent tablet offering, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook.

As mentioned in our video above, there is some significant hardware differences between the WiFi-Only & 4G LTE Playbook. Below we've outline the differences found within the processor speed, connectivity options & storage options.

WiFi BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook
Processor 1 GHz dual core processor 1.5 GHz dual core processor
Connectivity Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
USB: Micro USB port
HDMI: Micro HDMI port
Bluetooth: Bluetooth v3.1
Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n
USB: Micro USB port
HDMI: Micro HDMI port
Bluetooth®: Bluetooth v3.1
LTE™ (700, 1700 MHz), HSPA+ (2100, 1900, 1700, 800, 900 MHz)
Storage Options Built-in memory:
16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
Built-in memory:
32 GB

The most noticeable different you will notice when using the 4G PlayBook is the updated processor. The additional 50% processor speed will bring milliseconds of difference in your daily usage, but you will certainly notice a more fluid user experience will multi-tasking. RIM has simplified the storage options, giving a sole option of 32GB, which for most is more than plenty for their music, movies & files. The addition of a LTE/HSPA+ radio chip does allow you to experience your PlayBook at it's fullest in areas that may not have WiFi connection. With LTE being a quite new technology within North America, coverage isn't as broad as what you would find on your carrier's HSPA+ network, so it is highly recommended to consult with your carrier concerning coverage prior to making a purchase of this device.

With additional specs does come more strain on battery usage, & 4G LTE chip does certainly make that known. Due to adding a LTE to the device, RIM needed to implement a smaller battery to compensate. During a typical day of usage, the battery in 4G PlayBook lasted on average 25% less than our WiFi-only PlayBook. If you are like me & regularly charge your smartphone/tablet, this doesn't seem like something significant but I could certainly see this having a negative impact on someone who doesn't have a charging capability readily available. I was also glad to see RIM listening to feedback from early adopters of the 1st generation PlayBook, as they lifted/protruded the Power button on this new device to make it easier to press, saving you the hassle of poking your nails into the Power button.

With the exception of revised storage information & MicroSIM card slow on bottom of the device, RIM has kept the same structure, measurements & weight. This is great, as there is no need to purchase new cases or skins for your tablet.

4G (HSPA+) 4G (LTE)

I was impressed by the speed received while testing the device. Although HSPA+ and LTE network technologies should give you downloads speeds of 42Mbps and 75Mbps respectively according to their manufacturer's rated peak download speed, the maximum speeds we received for both networks slightly exceeded the expectations we were given from Rogers. This was likely due to a lack of network congestion, which I will not complain about since the LTE network speeds will be bogged very soon by a new, underachieving simple shaped phone from a competitor.

Overall, the 4G LTE PlayBook is certainly does bring much needed spec upgrades to the device. I wish I could say this is a must-have upgrade for all current PlayBook owners, but the shorter battery lifespan, additional carrier cost for tablet data plan & processor's milliseconds of difference in your daily usage make it more of a luxury update/upgrade if you must have the latest gadget.