The holiday season is upon us once again, so it's time to get to thinking about just what to get that special someone. If you have other BlackBerry users in your family we'll help take the thinking out of your holiday shopping this year. We've scoured the BlackBerry universe for the best accessories, apps and gadgets for the BlackBerry user in your family and have compiled them into our collection of Holiday Gift Guides for 2012.
It's very likely that the BlackBerry fan in your life could be called a geek. The device never leaves their hands, and they're always looking for new ways to put it into action. Sometimes, shopping for them can be daunting, as they seem to have everything, so we've made some fun suggestions for you below. You can always browse through the great accessories at ShopCrackBerry to find great ideas too. Keep reading to check out our full list of gifts for the BlackBerry geek!
BlackBerry 10 IOU
Ok, we know you can't actually buy a BlackBerry 10 device yet, no matter how badly we all want one. But how cool would it be to unwrap an IOU for a brand new BlackBerry 10 device on Christmas day? It's the gift that will keep on giving, all year around, and sure to be your BlackBerry geek's favorite gift of the year.Â
HDMI Cable for BlackBerry PlayBook
One of the coolest things about the BlackBerry PlayBook is that you can hook it up via HDMI to your tv and stream all sorts of content for big screen viewing. Whether you want to share some pictures, little Sally's big Christmas performance, or show off your gaming skills to anyone that will watch, the PlayBook can do it. The Smartphone Experts HDMI Cable for BlackBerry Playbook comes in 5ft and 10ft lengths.Â
Fling Game Controller by Ten One Designs
I tend to do a lot of gaming on my BlackBerry PlayBook, and I'm sure a lot of you out there are the same. The Fling Game Controller is a little contraption that attaches to your device by suction cup and acts as a joystick, helping ease up on that thumb so you can play longer. The best part, it's compatible with just about anything you can stick it to, and tons of games work really well with it, though I'd recommend a screen protector for your device. You can grab one of these bad boys off Amazon for under $10.Â
Being able to charge your device when on the go is pretty important. I like having a ZAGGsparq to keep in my bag so if my battery dies while I'm out, I can plug it in and keep on moving. It's easy to use since all you have to do is charge it up for a few hours (I just plug it in at night when needed) and toss it in your bag with a USB cable. Depending on the model you choose you can recharge your device up to 4 times! The new models look really sleek too.Â
So you agree that you need to be able to charge up those devices while on the go, but maybe need something a little more all inclusive? Check out the Powerbag, the ultimate in charging and carrying solutions. Carry your laptop, tablets, and devices and charge them at the same time. Available in different styles like backpack, sling, and messenger, there is one for every lifestyle and price range.
BlackBerry Charging Pods
The BlackBerry Charging Pod still stays supreme as my number one accessory for BlackBerry. I've had one of these for almost every device I have owned and could never go with it. I use it on my nightstand to put my device into Bedside Mode and charge overnight. My BlackBerry acts as my alarm clock and is always within arms reach. At times I've even had another pod in my office for charging my BlackBerry during the day while being able to keep a close eye on it. Also available for the BlackBerry PlayBook.
It used to be fun to get magazine subscriptions, but who wants to lug physical magazines around when you need to leave the house? Zinio has a huge selection of magazines in all genres. Why not give that special someone a subscription to their favorite magazine, or a giftcard so they can pick out whatever they like? Zinio is crossplatform so they can read it on whatever device they have, and the app itself is free to download.Â
Harry Potter eBooks
The Harry Potter books are some of the most popular in the world, but there are several books and they are all pretty thick, which makes them less than convenient to travel with. Now you can send digital copies of individual books or the complete series to anyone via email from the official Pottermore Shop website. Of course, since Kobo on the PlayBook doesn't play nicely with books other than its own, you will need an alternative book reader or the Kindle app sideloaded on the device.Â Schedule the email in advance, and have it delivered whatever date you choose.
Plex for the BlackBerry PlayBook
Plex is a great app that finally came to the PlayBook in November of this year. You can use Plex to stream all sorts of content, and even fill some voids that the PlayBook is currently experiencing (Netflix, Hulu, Rdio, etc). The app is $4.99 and does require to be installed on your Mac or PC as well though you can download those for free on the Plex website.Â
For the true addict
This is self-explanatory. Nothing like giving your favorite BlackBerry geek some swag from the #1 BlackBerry site on the web!
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As the days grow colder and the nights become longer, we gather together amongst our friends and loved ones. It is a time of great happiness. A time when we celebrate the love and companionship we've received over the year, and a time to reflect upon the good times yet to come. It is the time of the year when we exchange gifts; a way for us to express gratitude towards one another for the simple pleasure of being a part of our lives. Though our gifts may be large or small, expensive or a bargain, they are but a token. A token of the joys of years past, a token of adventures to come. No matter the gift, I am certain it will be enjoyed. For it is but a symbol of the love, appreciation, and kindness we feel toward each other. And no gift, no matter how grandiose, can hope to equal even a small fraction of that.
Here's wishing you and yours a safe and happy Holiday Season, from all of us at CrackBerry.com