The Blackberry PlayBook is a sleek, functional tablet.

I’ve been a Blackberry user for several years. I really like the e-mail system, security, business apps, and Blackberry Messenger. That’s why I was eager to try the Blackberry PlayBook tablet.

Set up was simple and I was up and running within a few minutes. The first thing I did was visit BlackBerry’s App World. Although they had many of the popular mobile apps, the selection is somewhat limited. I downloaded a few games, social networking apps and productivity apps. The three I like best are:

  • Documents To Go – This app allows you to Create and share and edit documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) from anywhere
  • Print To Go – This app allows you to print documents from your desktop to your PlayBook, save on paper and space., and keep your files organized and at your finger tips.
  • Kobo reading app – I spend a lot of time on airplanes and I’m a voracious reader. The PlayBook’s compact size and bright screen allows me to read for long periods of time without getting fatigued.

You can purchase content from BlackBerry’s Music Store and Video Store, but I think that the PlayBook works best as a productivity device or laptop replacement. However, my kids did enjoy watching movies and playing games on the device while riding in the car.

My favorite thing about the tablet is Blackberry Bridge. This app allows you to connect your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to your smartphone to access your smartphone’s email, calendars, BlackBerry Messenger, files, and other data directly from your tablet. Once connected, you can also use your smartphone as a wireless remote control for your tablet. This feature works great for times when you want to use your tablet, but don’t have a Wi-Fi connection.

Another feature that I like is the video chat. With front and rear facing HD cameras and dual stereo speakers the PlayBook allows you to have clear, video conversations with other PlayBook users.

If you want a portable table with good business tools and a rich media environment, you should give the PlayBook a try. Here a few specifications:

  • Height 5.1” / 130mm
  • Width 7.6” / 194mm
  • Depth 0.4” / 10mm
  • Weight 0.9 lbs / 425g
  • 7” LCD display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 3 MP high-definition forward-facing camera
  • 5 MP high-definition rear-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi® 802.11
  • Bluetooth
  • 3G network access using your BlackBerry smartphone as a modem
  • Built-in support for HTML 5
  • Full Adobe Flash enabled

If you’re eager to get your hands on one of these tablets, I’d like to offer you the opportunity to win one. To enter the contest, answer the following question in the comments section:

How would you use the BlackBerry PlayBook?

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Mocha Dad’s “Blackberry Playbook Contest” starts on Monday, May 14, 2012 and ends Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans in the continental U.S. and Canada. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Mocha Dad Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this blog within the past 60 days. One winner will be chosen via and announced on Monday, May 21, 2012. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. All opinions are my own.