The airplane tickets are booked, the lights are all up, and the fruitcake is...disgusting—but wait! The perfect presents are missing! Stop panicing. Seriously, stop it right now. While hardly the traditional offering of myrrh, a gift of gadgetry is one that's always welcome. So straight out of Gizmodo's BlackBerry Holiday Hall of Fame, here's a quick guide to help you choose an ideal present.
The BlackBerry Torch Torch 9850/9860 has a 3.7" screen—one of the biggest available—so no cat gif will go unforwarded, no YouTube video unchuckled at, and no photo unliked. It also runs on the brand new BlackBerry 7 OS so the BlackBerry Browser ensures HTML5 compatibility and fast, beautiful video rendering. Just be aware that you're officially enabling massive familial over-shares...
The all-new BlackBerry Bold is the smallest BlackBerry in history. Yet, with an expandable 8 GB of memory, it means he can store more contacts, emails and photos than most phones on the market. So no matter who he's trying to get at, no matter what time of day, he has plenty of ways to reach out. Plus, it packs both a high-resolution touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard, so on the days he feels like swiping, he can swipe. And on the days he feels like typing, he can type—making it the perfect gift for a man who likes his options.
Everyone has one of those friends who refuses to pick up the phone, but will text ten times in as many minutes. Fortunately, sending emails, texts and sharing photos is right within reach thanks to the BlackBerry 9800/9810. There's a fully QWERTY keyboard hidden behind a sliding touchscreen, which gives them plenty of call-free options. Plus, a 1.2 GHz processor paired with the new BlackBerry 7 OS keep the new features running as seamlessly as the transition from typing to browsing.
The BlackBerry Curve is designed for the person who actually follows 1,300 people on Twitter. With a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, Wi-Fi, and a full QWERTY keyboard, she can tweet her undying devotion to all her idols. It also grants access to a giant array of apps and the newest iteration of BBM, so she she'll always have her finger on the pulse.
Just cause Mom is getting up there in years, doesn't mean she's slowed down at all. Whether she wants to video chat the grandbabies, email her book club, or do both at the same time, the tablet she's looking for is the BlackBerry PlayBook. With the help of the BlackBerry Bridge, she can automatically sync BBM, Calendar, Contacts, Memo Pad, Messages and Tasks, keeping her just as vigilant as that time she chaperoned your sixth grade camping trip.