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My husband. The Blackberry enthusiast. When Blackberry announced it would be releasing a tablet – he was really excited, and he had to have one. He was thrilled to have a device that could connect to his phone, it would be an amazing tool for him to use- because like many, he is attached to his Blackberry.co
So? Why did I care?
I didn’t, and while I try to share or at least pretend to care about the things that please my husband, I just didn’t. There was nothing that his PlayBook could do, that I couldn’t do from my PC.
On my way out the door for my dreaded 2 hour glucose test every pregnant lady has to endure – I grabbed his PlayBook. If I had to sit there for 2 hours, at least I could check my facebook…. but it was so much more than that. I finally saw the light. PlayBook is an amazing piece of technology. I am now on board with the rest of the people that love PlayBook – here’s why.
Unlike browsing the web on your phone, with PlayBook you can easily navigate the Internet by having as many windows open as you would like. With a simple stroke of your finger you can easily select which window you would like to have open. This made entering sweepstakes a cinch, since I could easily fill out my entry form, and return to my favorite contest site – hassle free!
While there is a keyboard attachment you can use with your PlayBook, which turns it into a mini laptop, I did not use this attachment. I simply used the PlayBook itself. I was pleased with how easy it was to complete forms online. You simply have to touch the field that you wish to type in, a keyboard pops up and you key in the information you wish to include. Not once did my finger hit the key next to the one I wanted to select. The built in keyboard is easy and efficient to use, which again, made entering sweepstakes a cinch.
As every contestor knows – Facebook is a must. I was really pleased to find that I could use Facebook chat, and I could vote for my friends who needed votes in voting contests. The only downside to voting on PlayBook is that it didn’t keep me logged into Facebook or Twitter. Each and every time I voted for somebody, I had to log in again. This is much more time consuming then voting from my regular PC – but it is still a bonus since I am unable to vote from my phone at all. I will give it one thumb up instead of 2 – I’m sure it is a great security feature that it won’t keep you logged in, however for my purposes, it would make life easier!
If Facebook gets a mention, then so does Twitter. I loved getting the full Twitter experience as well. While PlayBook would not be the best option if you were wanting to attend a Twitter Party that required you to be the first to answer – PlayBook is excellent for attending Twitter parties that choose winners randomly. The easy-to-use keyboard ensures you still have an enjoyable experience. Simply posting tweets is a breeze, and a much easier task then using your phone for Twitter.
You don’t have a BlackBerry? Well you should :p (if not, this part won’t appeal to you!)
You will receive your BBM’s and e-mail notifications while surfing the web. I check my e-mail frequently, so it would be a great benefit to me to receive a notification each time a new message appears in my inbox. Since I was using my Husbands PlayBook, it is not set up to alert me of my e-mails, but it is a feature I love none the less.
Ok, ok, while this is not sweepstakes related, I am going to throw this in too! My husband uses his PlayBook for work, I enjoy it for my passion – entering sweepstakes. My 3 year old daughter also enjoys it. While some parents may argue that electronics are not the way to go when dealing with a 3 year old. I will argue, that some days we spend more time than we should running errands and such. With all that time spent in the car, and stores – well it is just not very stimulating for my 3-year old. She can watch YouTube videos or play preschool games online – with ease.
So there you have it – with a little help, even my 3 year old can navigate PlayBook!
I did run into a small problem while entering sweepstakes on PlayBook. I found it very easy to copy information, however I wasn’t able to paste the information into my new window. This would make Twitter entries in blog giveaways next to impossible to complete. Even if there is a retweet button, you wouldn’t be able to share the link with the blog owner.
While I did wish I could paste into a new window, and I also wished it would keep me logged into Facebook and Twitter until I logged off… I still say PlayBook is awesome! I really enjoyed my time on there, my 2 hour wait to complete my test flew by, and I was ready to continue my day in no time – in fact I would have been content to sit there a while longer with PlayBook.
I think we will start to see a lot of sweepstakes popping up offering a PlayBook as the prize. I say if you can’t buy one – try to win one! I hope to win one for my own one day soon – so I wish you and I both lots of luck