With the recent price cuts on the BlackBerry PlayBook, the device has been selling out at retailers all around. Did you just pick up a PlayBook? Here’s a breakdown of essential 5 picks for apps, games, and accessories for new BlackBerry PlayBook owners.


Top 5 apps & games for the PlayBook

BlackBerry Bridge

In order to take advantage of features like BBM, e-mail, calendar, and more you need BlackBerry Bridge. The Bridge app lets your BlackBerry smartphone connect to your PlayBook so that you can take advantage of these features, since there currently aren’t native versions available yet. Check out more info and download BlackBerry Bridge from App World here.


If you’re a user of Twitter, you have to get Blaq for the PlayBook. Blaq is the essential Twitter app, with its great looking UI, multi-account support, real-time userstream support, in-app notifications and much more. For a price tag of only $1.99, you can’t go wrong. Check out more info on Blaq in BlackBerry App World here.


Investing in RIMM stock or others? QFolio is quite possibly one of the best apps available for the PlayBook. Take your real-time portfolio and watch lists wherever you go. QFolio offers free, unlimited real-time quotes, pre-market and after-hours activity, charting and an exclusive, custom heat map. Check out QFolio in App World here.

Madden NFL 12

EA Sports has brought their award-winning Madden franchise to the PlayBook. Madden NFL 12 lets you choose from the 32 NFL teams and battle it out in their true-to-life stadiums. Make trades, track stats, and launch winning strategies from in-depth playbooks, unique to every team. Check out what else Madden NFL 12 has to offer in App World here.

Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus HD

Call of Duty has been one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. Looking to get a similar gaming experience on the PlayBook? Look no further than Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus HD from GameLoft. MC2 is an astounding immersion in a modern war experience and one of the most complete FPS multiplayer games on BlackBerry Playbook. Checkout more on MC2 in App World here.


Top 5 accessories for the PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook Silicone Skin

Silicone skins are one of the best and most cost effective ways of protecting your PlayBook while on the go. Engineered to provide excellent protection from light drops, scratches, and dings to your tablet, the Silicone Covers allow you to continue to have access to all of the Playbook features, including the headphone jack, camera, and charging port. The silicone cases are available for the low price of $10.99 in the N4BB accessories store here.


Targus Truss BlackBerry Playbook Leather Case Stand

This Leather Case Stand manufactured by Targus is a tough carrying solution that will protect your BlackBerry Playbook. The case can be used as a stand for easy hands-free viewing for videos and movies or use the case like a book without removing your tablet. Inside the case is a soft interior lining that will protect your BlackBerry Playbook from scratches. The secure wrap-around band makes sure your BlackBerry Playbook is secured when not in use. The Targus Truss case is available for $35.99 in the N4BB accessories store here.

BlackBerry PlayBook Rapid AC Travel Charger

In search for a fast way to boost your BlackBerry PlayBook? The BlackBerry PlayBook Rapid Charger provides with 24 watts and is one of the fastest ways to power your BlackBerry PlayBook, about two times faster than the standard tablet charger. The compact-size makes it portable, the 90 degree connector and six foot cable (country specific) gives you the ability to charge almost anywhere you want to. Charge Your PlayBook at Twice the Rate of the Standard Charger. Dual Voltage 110-240 Volts for use Home or Abroad. The rapid charger is available for $54.99 in the N4BB accessories store here.

BlackBerry Playbook USB Sync and Charge Cradle

Synchronize and recharge your BlackBerry Playbook Tab with the USB Sync and Charge Cradle. The USB Docking Cradle holds your BlackBerry Playbook Tab at a comfortable reading angle and provides convenient access on your desk. Charge and synchronize data simultaneously when connected to your PC. AC USB Charger with 2100mA output and Micro USB cable included, which you can use separately to charge your BlackBerry Playbook tablet. This is the essential 3rd party available at half the cost of the OEM version, available for only $29.99 in the N4BB accessories store here.

ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD for BlackBerry Playbook, Full Body Maximum Coverage

If you don’t want the hassle of a case, but still need the protection for the PlayBook, look no further than the invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG. Created from a resilient film that was first used to protect U.S. Military helicopter blades from high-speed damage, the invisibleSHIELD is your personal electronics defender. This rugged film wraps around consumer electronics and keeps them functioning and looking great, just like the day they came out of the box. Featuring ZAGG’s exclusive Nano-Memory technology, the invisibleSHIELD has unique properties that provide self healing qualities and unrivaled abrasion resistance. The invisibleSHIELD for the PlayBook is available for $24.99 in the N4BB accessories store here.


Have favorite apps, games, or accessories you think should have been listed? Help out others by mentioning in the comments what you think is also essential for new owners. We’d love to see what top picks your using on your PlayBook.