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

333 comments:

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

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  2. ability to have multiple apps open at once

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  3. 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.

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  4. accessing the internet is great.

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  5. 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

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  6. 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!

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  7. love being able to sync contacts and love the camera

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  8. I like the Blackberry Playbook's ability to multitask

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  9. I like the Go Application.

    suebee05@gmail.com

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

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  11. I love the camera and my daughter would love the PowerPoint

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

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

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  14. 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

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

    rafflecopter - ann lyfe

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  16. 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

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

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

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

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  20. being able to use the internet on the go

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

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

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  23. The camera looks great!
    hblaser at gmail dot com

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

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

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  26. face-to-face conversations

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  27. 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.

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

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  29. I like the camera on the playbook.
    austma7@aol.com

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  30. I would love having an actual document program.

    mamavresale@yahoo.com

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

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  32. I'd like to try the web surfing.

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

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

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  35. 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

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  36. the HD video capability! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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

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  38. I like the camera.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  39. Update my blog in a timely fashion on the internet!

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  40. 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

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  42. Multi-tasking looks awesome! Sprsjrhen@gmail.com

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

    thransom@gmail.com

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  44. 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.

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

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  46. Accessing Facebook and entering giveaways!!!

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

    savewish@yahoo.com

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

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  49. Running multiple applications at once sounds fabulous!

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  50. I like the camera and ability to multi-task.

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

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  52. I like the ability to shoot HD movies!

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  54. The cool apps!

    shan320m[at]yahoo.com

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

    Amanda Sakovitz

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

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

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

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  59. The multi tasking and the ability to create doc and spreadsheets

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  60. Chartreusepeacock@gmail.comSeptember 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

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

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

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

    sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

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

    cgentry1952@yahoo.com

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  64. the camera is so sexyy !

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  65. the games and screen is soo goodd

    neha1012@aol.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  72. the camera & video capability

    shannon_in_nm at yahoo dot com

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

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  74. 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 :)

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

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

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

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  78. the front and rear camera

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

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  80. most excited about the 5 mp camera

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

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

    dani marie

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. having touch screen that would be awesome

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

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  85. I like the camera and internet access.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  92. The ability to create documents! s2inamug at aim dot com

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

    Nathansmommy619(At)aol(dot)com

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

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  95. 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!

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  96. I love the My Class Schedule App!

    Thanks,

    selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

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  97. I would like to try the camera feature!!

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

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

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  100. Convenience to carry and work

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

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

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

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  104. 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.

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

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

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  107. i love how small it is!

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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

    cairablue@gmail.com

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

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  110. its portable

    twitter: @yogurtsoup

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  111. The Print To Go feature is my favorite.

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

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

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

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  115. touch screen and multiple apps
    howardreviews atgmaildotcom

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  116. I love the touch screen and the camera!

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  117. I like the capability to run Multiple Apps!

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  118. I like that you can send stuff to a printer!

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  119. I like the idea of running multiple applications!

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

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  121. the variety of apps and that you can multitask

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  122. The ability to multitask

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  123. RachelandJeramie FreerSeptember 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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

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  124. RachelandJeramie FreerSeptember 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Forgot to add I am Rachel Ellis on RC

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

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  126. 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.

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

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  128. I am honestly excited to experience all of it!!

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

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  130. I like that you can create documents, spreadsheets

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  131. Multitasking is sweet, 4G connectivity tops it! :)
    granbernardo@yahoo.com.ar

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

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  133. The Camera and multiple app access.

    sheilatf52 at yahoo dot com

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

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  135. I like the camera on it.

    @LooneyLisa0368

    Thank you for the giveaway:)

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  136. I want to try the BlackBerry OS the most.

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  137. 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)

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  138. 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!

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

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  140. I am really interested in the touchscreen.

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  141. I like the Multitasking capability

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  142. That it syncs with all your accounts.

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  143. I like the Print to go application.

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  144. You can multi task and manuever through different programs
    Danielle ddhavens@yahoo.com

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  145. I like the availability of power point

    yanktheese@yahoo.com

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

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

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

    ErnestK73@gmail.com

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  149. I like that you can do multiple things at once.

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  150. look awesome! love the powerpoint feature

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  151. 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.

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

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  153. Fast internet surfing and documents for in between my classes!

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  154. Being able to view PPT presentations.

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  155. i like that its smaller
    weta1972@yahoo.com

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  156. 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.

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  157. I like the power point feature.
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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

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  159. I love that you can be doing several things at once!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  160. The camera -- rear and front facing sounds great!

    vanderpug at sbcglobal dot net

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

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

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

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