Thursday, September 6, 2012

BlackBerry PlayBook - The Perfect Tool for Back to School + Giveaway


School has been back in session here for a few weeks now and my oldest headed off to middle school this year. Wait, did I just write that? Ugh. I can't believe I have a child in 6th grade. School is nothing like it was when I was younger. There seems to be so much more to keep up with now and to top it all off, there is a strong focus on technology as well. That is where the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE comes in. We were given the chance to review it, and it has proven itself to be quite the handy tool in keeping Joshua's schedule, assignments and notes in order for school. Check it out...

{About the BlackBerry PlayBook}


"The powerful and ultra-portable BlackBerry PlayBook combines convenient and portable size with multifaceted functionality, making the reasonably priced tablet a great option for both students and teachers dedicated to maximizing productivity while on-the-go. The 7-inch tablet is small enough to fit in a backpack or purse, while the high-definition screen offers study-break entertainment or last-minute in-class tutorials. 
 Like the best educators, the BlackBerry PlayBook’s multi-tasking capabilities support several activities at a time, and the BlackBerry PlayBook comes preloaded with a full documents suite for easy editing and document creation."
{From a Student's Perspective} 

Joshua loved having a new electronic device to play around with, but aside from that, it has really helped him get organized which is a big problem we have had in the past. He can organize notes, keep track of homework assignments in the "My Class Schedule" app I downloaded from the huge app selection, and can even record a class session to take notes later if needed. Here is a short video he did discussing the different ways he uses the PlayBook.


{From a Parent's Point of View}


I'd be lying if I said I never used the BlackBerry PlayBook myself. Parents have to have some fun too right? I never thought anything would come close to the iPad for me. I had tried other tablets in the past and they were all sort of a disappointment. I have to tell you though, I prefer the PlayBook over the iPad 100% now. Yes, it is smaller at only 7 inches, but there are so many awesome things about it and it is so much easier to operate and navigate.


You can multitask and have many different programs open at once. It is a simple swipe of your hand to move between program, windows, etc. The keyword is smaller, but just as easy to type on and there is an actual document program.


You can actually create documents, spreadsheets and even edit Power Point presentations right from the tablet. I could never do that on the iPad. Another cool feature is the Print to Go application. You can actually send documents, etc. straight from your computer to the PlayBook.


It syncs up all my contact's information, allows me to have my email accounts all in one place and perhaps my favorite feature is the ability to put different apps into folders! You can actually nest apps together for a cleaner screen view. The Internet surfing is super fast and I have yet to find an app that was not available in the huge selection in the PlayBook's App World.

The camera on the PlayBook could not be more perfect either and is great for when I am out on blog events or family outings and don't want to drag along the DSLR. It has a 5 MP rear and 3 PM front facing camera, and even shoots HD videos!

Then of course, there is the fact that I absolutely love that it can help my child with school. Okay, truthfully I really want to steel it for myself.

{Buy It}

Are you itching to get your hands on the BlackBerry PlayBook? The PlayBook can be purchased online for as little as $199, and is available in 16, 32 and 64 GB's.

{Win It}

I can't believe I am about to say this, but one of you lucky Life With 4 Boys readers is going to win a BlackBerry PlayBook of your very own! How insanely awesome is that?

You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kathleen Bunn

333 comments:

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Jenna P said...

The camera on the playbook!

Michelle Hudak said...

I like that you can run multiple applications at the same time and the ability to edit PowerPoint presentations.

Denise M said...

ability to have multiple apps open at once

April said...

It being free for me because I won it!! Honestly, I don't even have a smartphone so I know nothing about touchscreen computing so all of it is exciting.

Mysharona said...

accessing the internet is great.

peg42 said...

This Playbook sounds wonderful. There's a number of features that I really like. I like that you can multi-task and switch between screens. I like the print to go, the camera and internet access. Honestly, we've been looking into different devices for our kids for their school and this one sounds very interesting and much more reasonable than an iPad.
Thanks for this giveaway.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Just Words said...

I have 3 kids with ADHD, the oldest in 7th grade. His difficulty with organization, focus and attention make school very stressful. I love that he could record a class to reference when attention problems interfere with his ability to get everything the teacher says the first time. And keeping track of assignments would be a snap! What a great way to use a tablet, and what a great tool the Playbook is! Thanks for the review!

KPort207 said...

love being able to sync contacts and love the camera

kport207 at gmail dot com

Ann Fantom said...


I like the Blackberry Playbook's ability to multitask

abfantom at yahoo dot com

Sue Ellison said...

I like the Go Application.

suebee05@gmail.com

Romapr said...

I like that I can make powerpoint presentations. That is amazing. Thanks!
romapup at gmail dot com

Sandy VanHoey said...

I love the camera and my daughter would love the PowerPoint

JEn C said...

Being able to use it as a camera and also having the powerpoint on it~

rabbitycat said...

Being able to use excel off my computer. I wouldn't be tied to my desk anymore!

Mtlgrl4evr said...

I love that it is so portable and I can take photos with it as well as surf the web on it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Tiffany Hearn

Tandt625 at hotmail dot com

stefanie gladden said...

I love that you can make documents!! it would be great for my classes!

rafflecopter - ann lyfe

Tabathia said...

I like the camera and that you can multitask by running different apps at the same time and the calendar

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I think I would use it for organization most. It would be sooo helpful

Jessica said...

I love the apps!! I would love to watch netflix or surf the web on it :)
jessica
jessicasjunk08ATgmailDOTcom

Whitney said...

I like how easy it is to switch windows and that you can share files with your computer.

crankyyanky1 said...

being able to use the internet on the go

Anonymous said...

Any I'd love to have one. I like doing two things at once.
rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

nyyfan09 said...

the camera on the playbook would be the feature i am most interested in trying out

Holly B said...

The camera looks great!
hblaser at gmail dot com

PAIGE said...

I'm most excited about the fast internet surfing. oooh la la
elysesw@aol.com

Kelly McManus Abstract Expressionist said...

Lights Camera Action

mogrill said...

I like how it syncs your contacts.Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

face-to-face conversations

Jason Crooks said...

I love that it can help organize assignments for the kids. It seems like every week there is an assignment that gets worked on at the very last minute because it has been forgotten.

Ravyn Jazper-Hawke said...

I'm interested in editing Powerpoint projects with this. :D

Kia89 said...

I like the camera on the playbook.
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Mama V said...

I would love having an actual document program.

mamavresale@yahoo.com

EliB123 said...

The Print To Go feature.

Brad said...

I would use it to create documents while I was on the go.

Kenny Fensom said...

The camera

Cole said...

I want to try the OS

rayreadb said...

I'd like to try the web surfing.

LeeAnn said...

I like the print and go option. How cool is that!!!! :)

debijackson said...

its ability to get the internet and multitask debbie jackson,
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

Hoa said...

My favorite feature is that you can edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files right from your tablet with Documents To Go.

alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

GANDORF57 said...

The Internet surfing.

Anonymous said...

the HD video capability! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

mommy2luke2008 said...

I love the fact that I can create documents on this! amazing!

Dawn Hatton said...

the ability to sync photos !

Karen F said...

Excited about the camera

Rebecca Graham said...

I like the camera.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

Jeff Taylor said...

Update my blog in a timely fashion on the internet!

tannawings said...

Many things, but I think the most interesting is doing document and also you said it is better than an IPad- I find the Ipad somewhat frustrating too that it lacks an easy keyboard and the Blackberry sounds like it solves some of these problems.

ellen beck on rafflecopter
tannawings at gmail dot com

JHS said...
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JHS said...

Multi-tasking looks awesome! Sprsjrhen@gmail.com

Heather R said...

I like that you can send documents, etc. straight from your computer to the PlayBook

thransom@gmail.com

Vivian Pham said...

I really like the sound of the features that allow you to create documents, spreadsheets and even edit Power Point presentations right from the tablet. With my iPad I find that not having this function can be really frustrating and limiting, especially when I'm trying to do things for school. I'd rather carry around a lighter tablet device than my laptop to accomplish these tasks at college.

jcarrturq5 said...

I am most excited to check out the camera.
jcarrturq5@yahoo.com

bn100 said...

the camera

2jetsmom said...

Accessing Facebook and entering giveaways!!!

joeybenavides said...

i want to play video games on it

Sherry Compton said...

ability to multi-task and have several things going at once

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Tracey said...

I'd like the super fast web surfing.
traymona[at]aol.com

ehhogan said...

I like the multitasking option

Debra Guillen said...

Like the Print to Go application

Kasie said...

Running multiple applications at once sounds fabulous!

indira said...

the camera on the play book

Growl Tiger said...

I like the camera and ability to multi-task.

Lisa Brown said...

I love the camera. The apps aren't bad either.

Liesl said...

I like the ability to shoot HD movies!

shan320m said...
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shan320m said...

The cool apps!

shan320m[at]yahoo.com

MANDY83 said...

I love the camera feature & I also like that its fast because my computer is really slow.

Amanda Sakovitz

Keara B. said...

I love the camera, and the fact that you can have several things going at once

kibbyster said...

ability to have multiple apps open at once and just the ease of use and portability
gabbflabber@live.com

sgumer said...

i like the size as well as the ability to multitask.

mkjmc said...

The multi tasking and the ability to create doc and spreadsheets

Chartreusepeacock@gmail.com said...

The fact that it is portable, plus face to face talking.

Mello said...

create documents, spreadsheets and even edit Power Point presentations right from the tablet

Anonymous said...

I like that you can create documents and put apps in folders for better organization.

sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

Kendal J said...

The Go Application

Anonymous said...

The ability to have more then one app open at the same time.

cgentry1952@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

the camera is so sexyy !

Anonymous said...

the games and screen is soo goodd

neha1012@aol.com

Thomas Murphy said...

I love that you can multitask because I constantly doing tons of things at once. Great capabilities and apps

KIACI30 said...

I love that it's lightweight and I can carry it around with me.

agatewood1 said...

I like the camera and of course the ability to take it anywhere! thanks!!

Sonya said...

I love that it is lightweight and has a camera! sonyadmorris@gmail.com

Birdie Skolfield said...

I love the the HD video capability that it has yhe most birdson@roadrunner.com

diane vescio said...

I have an AT&T Blackberry 9900 and I would love to be able to "bridge" to a playbook!!

Shannon B said...

the camera & video capability

shannon_in_nm at yahoo dot com

Tammy S said...

I love that you can create and edit documents. Especially Power Point.

Anastasia said...

The camera and the screen size! Being partially blind, it's hard to do anything on those smaller screens! Being able to take pictures AND have a larger screen to look at them with would be fantastic :)

Brittany Poole said...

Portability and Face to Face.

Haasiegirl said...

my fav features is h ow you can do powerpoint w/ it...that is really cool!

Serena Adkins said...

I like the fact that my son would be able to use this electronic for learning.

ivy arrington said...

I love that it lets you make documents my oldest son gets all his notes lost or something, and the dictiony is also nice.

Jennifer Speed said...

the front and rear camera

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Love the camer and that you can have various programs open at once

wigget said...

most excited about the 5 mp camera

Carol said...

I love the Print to Go application
brand242003@yahoo.com

ferriz said...

i just love all the aps available. so many choices at my fingertips.

dani marie

ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

netty08 said...

having touch screen that would be awesome

Leigh A said...

multitasking!

Angie G said...

I like that you are able to use office products and sync with your computer.

Aynot0321 said...

I like the camera and internet access.

Mi Ray said...

Like The camera

MichelleS said...

touchscreen feature and that it's not an apple product lol

hedgerhousehold said...

I like that you can create documents on the go
jenhedger at hotmail dot com

Mrs.G said...

I've never had anything touchscreen before... I'd love to try it!

Free!~ said...

It would be so cool to have this to use for my college work.

ariespranata said...

Blackberry Playbook sounds wonderful.. it would be a good companion to my blackberry 8520 and have them to use in my work :)

cocorosa said...

I love that I can make powerpoint presentations and the camera:)

Rajan said...

Multi-tasking.

Sarah S said...

The ability to create documents! s2inamug at aim dot com

MamaStace said...

I love that it syncs up with everything, makes transferring my current info so much easier

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Unknown said...

The ability to print

independent mami said...

I like the dictionary app, and I like that it is smaller than the IPAD.

Jennifer Hiles said...

I love that you can record a class or meeting for later playback! Gosh, I wish I would have had something like this in college!

Selinda said...

I love the My Class Schedule App!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

Ken Ohl said...

The camera. Thankyou, Ken

carlabree bonesteel said...

I would like to try the camera feature!!

Colleen Boudreau said...

The camera feature.

JoeAnn T said...

The camera feature and the fact it is easy to carry.

Lee Black said...

I would be most excited about being able to access the internet while on the go.

Teresa said...

Convenience to carry and work

Betsy said...

the multi app capabilities

jlafount said...

Multitasking because the last android tablet I owned was crazy slow with even 2 apps runnings

Rachael Gladhart said...

I would have to say the organizational apps. my biggest problem would be do I keep it or give it to my highschooler.

Tj And Amy said...

I love that you can create documents and spreadsheets. amypugmire@live.com

Laura Vara said...

having several apps at once, because that´s how I work on my computer. I always have a thousand things opened. I multitask, lol. And, the camera. I am wondering about the quality, specially for video.

Coupon Gator said...

The camera seems cool

Joseph said...

I'm excited to use the "Docs to Go" feature on the Blackberry Playbook.

Melanie R said...

I am from the Philippines and I joined. It is ok If I win right? :)

Courtney B said...

i love how small it is!

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Alexandra Clatterbuck said...

Documents and spreadsheets...heck yeah!

Jodi said...

I like that it multi-task.

cairablue said...

Photo's, spreadsheets, sending info to my pc! I like everything about it!

cairablue@gmail.com

sweetsue said...

I love that it has a qwerty keyboard for writing documents.
Susan Chester

Karine said...

its portable

twitter: @yogurtsoup

ellie said...

The Print To Go feature is my favorite.

BeautyBesties said...

this would be great - I loved my old Blackberry I bet this is awesome

Kim Kihega said...

the camera and that is multi-task

Yasmen Wass said...

im excited to explore the syncing with a BB phone and its multitasking :)

Anonymous said...

I like that you can make documents my son could use that with class notes

Admin said...

touch screen and multiple apps
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stephanie said...

I love the touch screen and the camera!

lavonne39759 said...

I like the capability to run Multiple Apps!

Diane said...

I like that you can send stuff to a printer!

Sarah T said...

I like the idea of running multiple applications!

Nichelle Clemons said...

multiple apps can run at once. always multitasking is my life.

woodytobiasjr said...

The camera

Murry said...

The camera!

buzzd said...

the variety of apps and that you can multitask

Norm Lau said...

The ability to multitask

RachelandJeramie Freer said...

I like that you can have multiple programs open at once!

RachelandJeramie Freer said...

Forgot to add I am Rachel Ellis on RC

Nathan Warawa said...

Always wanted to test one side by side with an ipad...

Leanne said...

My laptop is hanging by a thread (seriously, there is a small metal thread that is holding the screen to the keyboard) and I am interested in doing everything with the play book, but love that I can create documents in it, since I love to write.

Leanne said...

I clicked on the email icon on the top right and got directed to a blank page.

Keeley Farrell said...

I am honestly excited to experience all of it!!

Anastasia said...

I love how it can help stay organized and all the apps you can use with it!
anastasia at eco-babyz dot com

shanta spradlin said...

I like that you can create documents, spreadsheets

Anonymous said...

Multitasking is sweet, 4G connectivity tops it! :)
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Brett Monster said...

I like the camera and hd video

Anonymous said...

i like that you can multitask john mains johnmains10@yahoo.com

STF said...

The Camera and multiple app access.

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Annette Doggett said...

I like the fact that you can edit Power Point presentations!

Lisa K. said...

I like the camera on it.

@LooneyLisa0368

Thank you for the giveaway:)

Tamar said...

I want to try the BlackBerry OS the most.

Gurvinder said...

Just love it!

Chavis Quick said...

The ability to keep organized, right now I have nothing like this to help me out. (My phone is worthless for keeping track of anything)

Rafael.8a5 said...

I need this too much!

Anonymous said...

With a daughter about to go off to college, it seems like it would be a helpful tool. I have an iPad, but with the Miltitasking capabilities, the sync, and the ability to send documents to the Playbook from a computer seems like an all in one solution to me! Great Review!

vera p. said...

I like that you can run more than 1 app at a time

Fangirl Jen said...

I am really interested in the touchscreen.

Roy F. said...

I like the Multitasking capability

bellissimo bellissimo said...

I like the multitask.Thank you

Andrew Sellen said...

That it syncs with all your accounts.

Erika P. said...

I like the Print to go application.

Danielle Oyen said...

You can multi task and manuever through different programs
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dario moniz said...

I like the availability of power point

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Tina said...

I like the full documents suite for easy editing and document creation.
merleandtina@yahoo.com

jessica schueler said...

I like that you can have more than one program open at once.
schueler.jessica@yahoo.com

Jen said...

All the apps I can use on it

Ernest Kent said...

It's to pick just one thing I like about the playbook. I like the multitask.

ErnestK73@gmail.com

Angela Cisco said...

I like that you can do multiple things at once.

simeon said...

look awesome! love the powerpoint feature

Kellie Harrison said...

The ability to create documents, and power point presentations, so I can bring it to my college classes. It's light enough to carry, but does all the necessary function to get my notes taken without breaking my back carrying it to class, and breaking my hand trying to keep up with the teacher.

brich2222 said...

like that you can make spreadsheets, documents and more with it!

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Roxanne C. said...

Fast internet surfing and documents for in between my classes!

JB said...

Being able to view PPT presentations.

weta1972 said...

i like that its smaller
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Bill Collier said...

Docs to go and the file cabinet for my picture files. Much more convenient to show clients than a laptop which batteries are usually dead. Always don't have laptop handy but this I can carry everywhere.

Anonymous said...

I like the power point feature.
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channallocks said...

The camera

Anonymous said...

I love the portability! We are always running all over with the kids' sports! Thanks for the contest! This is @dublrs on Twitter

Gina said...

The camera & speed.

one frugal lady said...

I love that you can be doing several things at once!
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vanderpug said...

The camera -- rear and front facing sounds great!

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Mya Murphy said...

power point!!! I really need this! I'm going back to college!!! myamurphy@mail.com

tavernie said...

The Internet Access would be great!!!!
ptavernie at yahoo dot com

rebecca11111 said...

The Print To Go feature.

Michael Haarstad said...

Perfect for class.

Norene Walters said...

I like the my class schedule app and the idea of it helping my daughter get organized

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