CrackBerry's 2011 Father's Day gift guide

By Kerri Neill on 15 Jun 2011 01:57 pm EDT

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is fast approaching folks and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably scrambling for ideas on what to get for your husband or father. All of us here at want to help ease some of the stress in finding that perfect gift so we decided to put together some suggestions of the must-have/want items. In the guide below you will find many options that have been pulled from the forums as well as suggestions from fellow BlackBerry users.

 CrackBerry Father's Day gift guide


You really can’t go wrong with a new device. Everyone loves a shiny new toy to play with so why not get that special man in your life one of the great devices listed below:

BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry Torch 9800

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the first BlackBerry from Research In Motion to feature a vertical sliding form factor. It is also the first BlackBerry from RIM to debut with BlackBerry 6, the latest version of the BlackBerry operating system. Combining a full touchscreen and physical keyboard, you get the best of both worlds. 

BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook

With screaming hardware specs and the new QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS, the 7" PlayBook tablet is poised to be a real winner in the tablet market while ushering in a new era for BlackBerry devices.

BlackBerry Bold 9780

BlackBerry Bold 9780

The one year refresh of the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the 9780 comes loaded with BlackBerry 6 right from the store. To power the new operating system in a snappy manner, internal memory has doubled from 256MB up to 512MB. The BlackBerry Bold 9780 also features a 5 megapixel camera for taking great photos while on the go. With the Bold 9780, one of the most popular BlackBerry devices of all time is now even better!

BlackBerry Style 9670

BlackBerry Style

The BlackBerry Style 9670 is the first phone from Research In Motion to feature both a full physical qwerty keyboard and a flip phone clamshell form factor. Launched in the USA exclusively from Sprint, the Style ships with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and features a 5 megapixel camera. The external LCD screen allows the user to preview messages before opening the device.

You could also go the route I’m going - an IOU for one of the yet to be released BlackBerry devices, Bold Touch 9900/9930 or the Torch 9850. If you already picked up a new device why not load it up with some fun & useful apps for your dad. Think about that person's daily routine and find some apps to help simplify it. You could also find a few apps that coincide with a specific hobby like the cycling app listed below.

Maps & Navigation Apps   



Find businesses, retailers, people, restaurants, movies, gas prices (US only), events and weather information around you. Poynt uses GPS or cell-site location to quickly deliver the information you need, whenever and wherever you need it.



Compass uses the built-in GPS in the device to show your heading, speed, altitude, latitude and longitude and where North is in relation to your heading on a variety of stunning backgrounds.   

Advanced GPS Tracker

Advanced GPS Tracker

This app allows you to turn your GPS-enabled blackberry in to a powerful maping and tracking device. Use this app to map your favorite hike, discover your running speed, plan a more efficient drive to work, and more!

Cycle Maps

Cycle Maps

Go cycling a lot? Get Cycling maps that highlight national and local cycle routes in your area. App includes a cycle computer showing you distance and speed. Record the route you rode and see it on the map, or upload it to our website and see it on Google Earth. Also included is waypoint navigation so you can mark particular points.

Organizational Apps

Super Address Book

Super Address Book Pro

Automatically creates profiles for every person with whom you've ever communicated complete with photos, contact info, recent emails, calls, texts, info from LinkedIn/Facebook and more.



Reminder app for all sorts of occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, wedding day, name days and so on.



NOTO is a simple tool that will allow you to create quick notes and ideas on your BlackBerry PlayBook.



Conqu is a BlackBerry PlayBook app that allows you to assign a project, energy and time required to finish a task, and additional filtering criteria such as tags or contexts to any task.



Sync your files from your computers to your BlackBerry® with Dropbox. It's a FREE app that connects all your computers and mobile devices together so you can access your files safely and securely anywhere you go.

    Music Apps


    Pandora, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio Pro, iheartradio

    All are excellent apps for music on the go!


    You may think women are the only ones who love their accessories but when it comes to some male BlackBerry users, you’d be WRONG. I know several males who swap out their cases daily. Check out some of the hot accessories listed below or head on over to to see what options are available for the device you’re looking to outfit.

    Incipio Honeycomb Case

    Incipio Cases

    These light weight cases offer supreme protection for your device without the heavy bulk of some cases. They come in a variety of colors and are available for most devices.

    Leather Case

    Leather Cases/Holsters/Sleeves

    Leather accessories give a more polished and “professional” appearance to our devices.

    Otterbox Style

    OtterBox Cases

    Great for everyday use and the occasional drop as well as for those working in manual labor jobs. Your device will survive just about anything when protected by one of these cases.

    Charging Pod

    Charging Pods

    Available for pretty much EVERYBlackBerry device and have been listed as one of the must have items by most BlackBerry users.

    Jawbone Icon

    Bluetooth Devices

    Aside from keeping dad connected to his BlackBerry while driving, a Bluetooth device can also free up his hands while cooking, typing, working out and even mowing the lawn.

      Hopefully some of these ideas were what you were looking for or at the very least, got your creativity flowing on possible options. Regardless of what you give on that special day, I’m sure your dad will love it!



      I should point my kids in this direction. Could do with a few apps.


      man that is poor graphic work...

      Jon Seals

      Is it weird that I still remember last year's article for father's day?


      Thinking about getting that style !