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

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!

 If 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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Mariah is a former teacher and mother of a rambunctious little boy living in The Woodlands, Texas. She recently welcomed a little girl into the family and is learning how to balance a toddler and an infant! She works every day to figure out how to balance all of her roles and figure out her formula for being mom! She can also be found at Mommy Mindset Media, Disney DIY and Noise Girls.


  1. 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. My hubby is definitely tech-savvy, but I have to say – if we had one of those, I think I’d steal it for Bubbles’ diaper bag! It would be great for keeping us entertained while waiting at the doctor’s office, airport, and more! Very neat “toy”.
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  3. BF would love this so he can lay in bed and play! I want one for myself too!

  4. I have a blackberry phone so I did consider getting one of these, but I tried one in the shop and didn’t find it easy to use, for me!
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  5. Love the look of this tablet! It’d be perfect for my mother-in-law.
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  6. 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.

  7. I have heard of the Playbook but haven’t read a review on it until now. Looks like a nice little tablet – I hope they continue to expand the app library, then it would be a great tablet I am sure!
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  8. My husband would love this…it’s the perfect size for traveling.
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  9. 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.

  10. This would make a great ereader, if only they would expand the app library.

  11. The BlackBerry Playbook sounds like a dream :) I’d love to use one!
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  12. Gina F. says:

    I would love one of these.

  13. Kelly Commerford says:

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

  14. My husband would love it!

  15. I’ve seriously considered the Blackberry Play book if I couldn’t get an Ipad. I’ve always loved Blackberry brand, it was the only phone I would get before the Economy went to hell. lol. I would still love to get one though..
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  16. this would be perfect for my daughter to have…she would love it! lots of apps she would use

  17. Donna George says:

    Wow this is fabulous! I have a Kindle Fire, and I can see passing that on to one of my kids.

  18. Ruth Hill says:

    I have the first ipad but this is definitely newer.

  19. Stephanie Hungerford says:

    I love that this tablet easily fits in a diaper bag or larger purse

  20. I already use a blackberry phone so the tablet would be a great addition to my household.

  21. I would love it! I wish I hadn’t wasted my money on my horrible android tablet.

  22. Hubby and I would both love it
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  23. wendy g says:

    appears to be user friendly

  24. Jill A. Collins says:

    My husband would go nuts for this! I would so love to surprise him with this :-)

  25. 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.

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  27. Meghan Finley says:

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

  28. My husband wouldn’t be able to even turn this on but my daughter might be able to use it for school.

  29. 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!!!

  30. Hello, great review. My husband has been wanting a tablet like forever. He’s jealous because I have an iPad and it’s pretty much chained to my side. I think he would enjoy this one. Thanks!
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  32. 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.

  33. Sarah L says:

    I like that it’s larger than a phone, but still small and useful.

  34. Katie Wurn says:

    That is so cool! I love the different features on it.
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  35. 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.

  36. 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”.

  37. mamabunny13 says:

    This would make a wonderful gift for my hubby.

  38. 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!

  39. Jessica says:

    I would love to get one of those!

  40. Danielle Papsis says:

    This Blackberry seems very user-friendly. I like that it has large icons too.

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

  42. MommaMary says:

    How interesting. Very good tips on setting up these app and how to find them.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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 .

  46. i have been looking for a new gadget and didn’t even know this existed! thanks!
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  47. I love my playbook!

  48. 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

  49. 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.

  50. 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)

  51. IRENE CYPHER says:

    I’m not very tech-savy so I need something easy and this looks like it would be perfect for me.

  52. 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.

  53. Erin L R says:

    i’d love a tablet. this one looks awesome!

  54. 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 :)

  55. linda clements says:

    Would seriously love this!

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. Monica Young says:

    I don’t have a blackberry…yet thanks for the review

  61. My husband would love this!!
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  62. 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!

  63. 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

  64. Shelbie Johnston says:

    I have always wanted a Blackberry Tablet and your review made me want one even more :)

  65. 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

  66. 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

  67. 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.

  68. Alexandra Roach says:

    Looks easy to use!

  69. 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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