BlackBerry Says “Thank You”– Offers Free PlayBook Apps At BlackBerry App World

imageI captured a runaway 32 GB BlackBerry PlayBook a couple of days ago. As it dashed past, I reached out and grabbed the little speed demon by its price tag – $248 (down from $599) . Last PlayBook in the store – so, I had to throw a few elbows during my robust maneuvering. You’ll notice – no mention of Mace, or pepper spray.   Smile

Now, before the trolls sharpen their pencils, and jump on the  “what, are you nuts!” bandwagon – it’s pretty simple – I buy hardware based on my knowledge. Sound arrogant? Maybe – but, I live in a “grain of salt” tech world.

After 30+ years at this game – skepticism has long been my conditioned response to “the latest”; “the greatest”; “game changing”; “overwhelms the competition”; “reinvents the technology” ………. hype.

Almost without exception, from where I sit in my arrogant chair, skepticism has been much more appropriate, than not. As, has been my response to – “the latest”; “the greatest”; “game changing”; descriptions bandied about and painted on upcoming entries into the tablet market – wariness, and an unwillingness to capitulate to the hype.

On the other hand – query a typical person on what a Tablet is, and almost without exception, you’ll find that person referring to an iPad. This, despite the fact that as of January 2011, 60+ manufacturers were already producing, or had under development, more than 100 Tablet variations.

Sort of takes me back to the old days, when it was commonly assumed that IBM was the sole manufacturer of the PC. In reality, other than for a short period of time, that was never the case.

I’ve not set out to write an in-depth review of the Playbook – 2/3 days usage is hardly sufficient time – but, I’m loving what I’m seeing. Nor, is this post intended to “savage” the iPad. Love to though – just to P.O. a few fanboys.   Smile

Instead, this a simple, lazy, mid-Christmas season post, to inform those who made the choice to focus on the PlayBook, that BlackBerry is offering a number of freebie applications, including –

Shazam Encore

Vlingo Pro Enterprise

Bubble Bash 2

The Sims 3


Nobex Radio Premium


SimCity Deluxe

iSpeech Translator Pro

Texas Hold’Em Poker 2

as a “ Thank you”, for choosing and supporting BlackBerry.

This offer expires on December 31st, 2011 – so, now would be a good time to download these applications.

 Go to – 


You’ll notice on the site, there are considerably more freebies available than I’ve posted here.

Note: A couple of things struck me immediately, while running through some “let’s see what this baby can do” processes with the PlayBook –

Multi-tasking (true Multi-tasking, BTW), was only marginally less efficient than running the same set of applications on my quad core Desktop. Impressive.

The PlayBook is capable of recording 1080p HD video with both the front and rear cameras. Very impressive results.

Drop back here in a couple of weeks for a full PlayBook review. In the meantime – readers from India might consider going on the hunt. I hear from associates in India, that a 16 GB PlayBook can be had for the equivalent of $199 USD, or less.

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Filed under BlackBerry, downloads, Freeware, PlayBook

8 responses to “BlackBerry Says “Thank You”– Offers Free PlayBook Apps At BlackBerry App World

  1. Avery Smiley

    These, so called, free apps are either not available or are not free. Are you sure that these are apps for the Playbook, not the Blackberry phones? Or is this just another example of RIM promising things for the Playbook and not delivering.

    • Hi Avery,

      After posting this article, and following the link I had been given to post, I successfully downloaded 2 free apps from the page. However, since then – the apps keep changing, the page changes,… what a mess.


  2. Adam

    the free thank you apps were for blackberry smartphones only, not for playbooks.

  3. Bipul

    I got one 16GB playbook for $120. I think, I wasted my money. All those cheap Chinese knock offs are probably even better. There website for appsworld is a total joke. The apps that are available are useless. Search engine in their appworld from the playbook returns bunch of craps. The browser is a piece of s**t – can’t pinch and zoom properly – and this is just my second day of owning it. I have an old dell streak7 which is more functional then this piece of junk.

    • Hey Bipul,

      I have to agree – AppWorld is a disaster. As you say – “The apps that are available are useless.” Waste of time.

      On the other hand, I’ve had lots of success with the hardware. It took some practice getting used to the different gestures but, once I had that down, I was very impressed with the responsiveness.

      Give it another try – you might be surprised, yet. 🙂


  4. Eduardo

    I wish I had read your blog on time to try to find these apps.
    I got mine not too long ago, firesale as well as an e-reader and trip companion, my wife and I went on a trip and had quite s few hours on planes and layovers, great to load videos and watch them with a headphone splitter.
    I had tried to play with the demos in stores and I was completely lost and hated it, I think that it would have done better if people knew how it worked. Now that I have it I almost love it, i find the keyboard a bit annoying, no word suggestions, no auto correct, not even auto caps and a bit too big to type in landscape mode but really accurate. I truly hated the power button in the beginning until I learned how to live without having to use it.
    The hardware is great and the OS has great potential, I wish they fix it’s annoyances on the long awaited February update and developers finally jump on the wagon!

    • Hi Eduardo,

      Absolutely agree with your view – “I think that it would have done better if people knew how it worked.” A small investment in time – a little patience – some practical exercises – should make a believer out of the most obstinate.

      Like you, I’m waiting anxiously for the OS update promised for Feb.