BlackBerry Playbook Makes a Great Gift for Tech-Savvy Dads! (Review) #FathersDay #noisegirls

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There are many types of dads. Some love to cook out on the grill, others love to catch a good ball game, and some are into video games and technology. If the dad in your life is one of the tech-savvy types, the BlackBerry Playbook tablet is great gift idea for Father’s Day. Of course, it’s also a great gift idea for hardworking moms!
Blackberry Playbook tablet

The BlackBerry Playbook is slim, sleek, and ultra-portable making it a great gift for busy parents on the go!

We’re a very tech-heavy family. I’m fine with it and it’s all about balance. We can enjoy time online working and playing but we also make sure to get out of the house and spend time with W. One thing I love about tablets is the portability aspect.

When I received the BlackBerry Playbook, I immediately cooed over how cute and compact it was! It weighs less than one pound and measures 5.1″ by 7.6″ which makes it fit perfectly in my purse and our diaper bag! While I thought it was adorable, I wondered what the display would be like. I’ve seen some small tablets with displays that I can barely even use.

The BlackBerry Playbook is not one of those tiny tablets! Its 7″ LCD screen is a great size and has an amazing resolution!

The BlackBerry Playbook tablet has amazing screen resolution!

I’ve also learned that taking photos of another electronic device can be challenging! It was worth the challenge to show you how large the navigation and icons are on the BlackBerry Playbook. I was extremely impressed! The screen was also extremely responsive to my touch.

I was pleased to see that many of my must-have apps were pre-loaded on the tablet. YouTube? Check! Calculator? Check! Camera? Check!

There were also some that I was interested in checking out. I have heard of Kobo Books but never used it before. I was also interested in trying Slacker Radio and seeing what it was all about. I could waste hours checking out apps… wait, it’s not about what I could do, I actually have wasted hours researching and trying out apps!

BlackBerry Playbook downloadable apps

I have used a number of different tablets and electronic devices over the past few years. This was my first time using a BlackBerry product so I was interested to see how it compared to my other experiences.

My apps were extremely easy to review and update as needed. I already needed to update a few apps the first time I used my Playbook. I’m not sure I will keep all of the pre-installed apps, but I like to check them out before I start deleting. Sometimes you discover something amazing that way!

However I found that the apps available through BlackBerry were extremely limited. I’m hoping the library will continue to grow and include some of my favorite apps very soon!

One thing I would like to be able to get is my Kindle App. I read across various devices and when I discovered that Amazon doesn’t seem to have an app for Playbook yet, I was a bit bummed out. I will be waiting for it! I would love to be able to read on the Playbook at night. It’s the perfect size for me!

BlackBerry Playbook

The layout and design of the BlackBerry Playbook has some features that I really found useful for me as a new user. I will admit that I’m not one to read the manual. I like to open the box, plug in my new toy, and go. Yes, my age might say I’m getting older but I’m still a kid at heart!

Although I wasn’t familiar with the Playbook, I found it very simple to get connected to my home network. Before I knew it, I was browsing the internet. I was easily able to move back and forth between my browser window and my app window that I had open.

Get connected quickly with the BlackBerry Playbook!

It’s a breeze to add new accounts as well! This is really important to me after I ended up with a cell phone where it was a huge challenge. I like things to be easy and smooth when it comes to technology. I am addicted to checking email so I like to be able to check it on every device that I have!

To add a new account all I had to do was press the Settings gear icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Then I selected Accounts and Add New Account. Then I was ready to add new email accounts or social accounts like Facebook and Twitter! That is how simple it is to get set up!

BlackBerry Playbook has an easy to use keyboard

The virtual keyboard on the BlackBerry Playbook is phenomenal too! It’s extremely responsive and the keys are big enough that I don’t suffer from too many typos! As with most tablets, it will auto correct for you which is always a fun experience. I found that I had fewer typos than usual with the keyboard. That means less auto correct amusement!

Swiping was a bit different from what I was used to with my other devices. I’m getting the hang of it though. It’s all about where you swipe from:

  • If you go from the outside edge on either side, you can switch between your current apps.
  • If you swipe down from the top, a toolbar specific to the app you’re using is displayed.
  • If you go from the bottom up, you get a toolbar that shows all of the active apps and your shortcuts.
  • If you go from the bottom left corner, you will see your keyboard.
  • Try going from the top corner and you will see your status bar that has information like time, battery levels, and access to the settings menu.

It sounds like a lot but once you start playing it becomes natural!

┬áIf you’re looking for a tablet that fits into your diaper bag or purse (do you know a father with a man-purse?) check out the BlackBerry Playbook!

When I was at the zoo last week, I saw someone pull out a tablet much larger than the Playbook to take a picture of the rhinos. I was amused because it seemed to so bulky. With the Playbook I could actually see myself using it to take photos! It’s easy to pull out and take photos.

Although the cameras are not the highest quality (3 MP high-definition forward-facing camera and 5 MP high-definition rear-facing camera) they are better than the cameras on some of my friend’s phones! If you’re just looking to snap some casual shots while hanging out with the family, it’s perfect! I love that the Playbook features a forward-facing camera because W loves to pose with me that way!

Overall, I’m loving the BlackBerry Playbook tablet and it’s great to have around our house. J has been checking it out and can find enough to keep himself entertained so it’s Dad-Approved as well. Even Grambo is interested in getting in on the action, so I’ll keep you updated on how she does!

The BlackBerry Playbook is a great gift for anyone in the family who is into technology and staying connected!

While it would make a great gift for dad this Father’s Day, I have to admit that I am really enjoying using it. I plan to explore how I might use it with W. He likes to watch music videos on other devices we have but he can easily turn them off due to the locations of their buttons. With the BlackBerry Playbook, the buttons are better placed on the side of the device which I think will work better for W. It may be toddler-approved very soon if I’m willing to brave letting him sit with it!

You can learn more about BlackBerry on Facebook and on Twitter @blackberry!

Around the House Giveaway Event

As part of the Noise Girls Around the House Giveaway Event, you will have the chance to win a prize package designed For the Home Office that includes a 32GB BlackBerry Playbook courtesy of BlackBerry! The Noise Girls thank Blackberry for their generous sponsorship of the event! Be sure to come back on June 25th to enter for your chance to win!

Who in your family would enjoy the BlackBerry Playbook?

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  1. Sandy says

    My husband is not as savvy as my son-in-law at playing computer games. I know that this is Fathers day , but this would make a really awesome gift for his birthday which is on June 25th. Thanks for sharing with me.
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  2. Keri Ritenour says

    My hubby is not tech-savvy at all. However, I am and I love this tablet, its size and portability. What a great alternative to the iPad.

  3. Jennifer Mae Hiles says

    I love new gadgets but most don’t fit in my budget! I love that it would fit in my purse and I think my kids would get hours of entertainment from the apps. This is actually the first I’ve heard of the blackberry playbook but it looks awesome.

  4. Kelly Commerford says

    Never cared for Blackberrry’s phones, but this tablet appears to be much more user friendly.

  5. Tami Valentine says

    This would really be nice to take to bed and visit all of my favorite blogs. My computer gets so hot on my lap…and that’s with it sitting on a lap pad made for a computer.

  6. Meghan Finley says

    Sounds like a wonderful device. I’ve been shopping for one so I was grateful to see this review

  7. Vesta Mason says

    I really like the design of this Blackberry, but I LOVE the large icons and ease of seeing all the displays on the screen!!!

  8. Seyma Shabbir says

    I love that it is compact and easy to travel not like a laptop. I could use it and share it with my sons and put educational apps.

  9. Michelle S says

    This seems to be a lot-user friendly than the iPad, that’s for sure. very chic for office and for play.

  10. Krissy says

    This looks SO cool! My husband and I would absolutely love it. I love how you can connect new accounts super easy AND that it fits nicely into a handbag for easy “take a long”.

  11. Ellen Levickis says

    I am planning to get another tablet soon and am so glad to know there is another viable option – thanks for the detailed review!

  12. tami s says

    I’m the tech savvy one in my house and I would love it. I too would be disappointed if Kindle was not available

  13. Kat Riley says

    I would definitely use this on our vacation. It is nice to have all the capabilities it has in a small hand held format.

  14. Gretchen Gerth says

    I trust the blackberry name which goes far in selecting a tablet. I love your review of this item, hopefully I will win this. If not I may need to break down and buy one.

  15. chelesa sims says

    I have a kindle but this is so much better.I have always wanted a tablet . I love how it is small and the apps are a nice size .

  16. melissa holske says

    user friendly is a must for me considering my 5 year old knows more than me……. would love to give the blackberry a try

  17. Nichelle Clemons says

    I found this review informative considering I am thinking of purchasing a tablet really soon. Thou winning one would be ten time greater.

  18. Wendy Pence says

    My husband & I have iPads and we love them But, I’ve heard great things about this tablet, too. I think my son might like it. :0)

  19. Annette D says

    I would love to get one of these for my son who just started college. It would be great to take to school with him.

  20. Jenny Stanek says

    This would be a great addition to our old Ipad, considering it has a giant crack in it. My husband would LOVE this and so would my kids, they’re far better at these things than me :)

  21. Jennifer P - Vicki Vix on Rafflecopter says

    I love how small this is. It would be nice to have something that fits in a handbag. Nice too to have the camera option. Like you I don’t generally read the instructions. I just like to figure it out as I go along so easy set-up and ease of use an added bonus. Thanks for the review.

  22. ellen says

    Love all of the apps and such on it – and am really surprised Kindle isnt there yet! Kindle seems to be available everywhere on anything. Perhaps there is some conflict. Great review I learned alot!

  23. Sue Hull says

    I’d love to have one of these but my daughter would have to show me how to use it. I own a PC and Droid. I’m still learning how to use my cell phone.Lol! I guess I’m tech dummy!

  24. Chelsea Saulpaugh says

    Everyone in my family would enjoy this. I would love to use it for school. I am sad to hear that it doesn’t have the kindle app though as that would really help me out for textbooks.

  25. Kasee Johnson says

    My husband and teenage son have Blackberry cell phones and have been very happy with the quality. I think the Playbook is exactly what I need!! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Deborah Hogue says

    The Blackberry Playbook has a good number of features that make it one of the top running tablets on the market. I would love to own one myself

  27. christal c willdebbie says

    My hubby has used the blackberry products for years. When were shopping for something for him to use at work , we did consider this. I did not know much about it. After, reading your review, I understand more about the options and ease of use. thanks

  28. jennifer speed says

    Love the size of this tablet, it would be easier to carry to all my classes instead of lugging around my laptop

  29. natasha brodsky says

    I love how compact this is. I have WAY too much in my diaper bag as it is and can’t even carry a purse with the diaper bag. Also, I have never had a hi-tech cell phone. Only generics.

  30. Susan Marina Brown Lane says

    I have never had a Blackberry but have wanted one! My baby brother made fun of me yesterday because my phone can’t do the things his can and I still listen to cassettes on tape – shows how old I am. My sister’s boyfriend said to buy one. I said ok – you paying for it? Awesome device! would love to have it!

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