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Photos: Top 10 BlackBerry PlayBook accessories for business

Transform the PlayBook into the ideal colleague...
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PlayBook charging stand

Transform the PlayBook into the ideal colleague...

The BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM's answer to the iPad, hit UK stores for the first time less than a month ago. Accessories for the device are already out and silicon.com has rounded up a selection of the most useful for enterprise users.

Short of power and short of time? The BlackBerry PlayBook Rapid Charging Stand charges at twice the rate of a normal charger, so you can still make that short-notice meeting with a fully charged tablet.

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Amazon stylus for tablets

For those who find typing on glass a hassle and yearn for a more classic input style, there's the AmazonBasics Stylus. The stylus allows you to annotate documents or take notes during a meeting without losing half the PlayBook's screen real estate to the virtual keyboard.

Photo: Amazon

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BlackBerry Micro HDMI Cable

BlackBerry's Micro HDMI Cable allows the PlayBook to be hooked up to TVs, monitors and larger screens so that videos, web pages and other documents can be viewed directly from the tablet.

Handy for giving presentations, the cable also enables the PlayBook to be linked to a larger screen for those whose work requires more visual detail than the PlayBook's seven-inch display can provide.

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Mini car USB charger by MobileFun

For tablet-toting road warriors, there's the Mini Car USB Charger by MobileFun. It fits into a car's cigarette lighter jack and is designed specifically for tablets.

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Freedom Pro Universal Bluetooth keyboard from MobileFun

The Freedom Pro Universal Bluetooth Keyboard from MobileFun - pictured above with a smartphone, the keyboard is also PlayBook-compatible - bypasses the need to type on glass and makes typing out longer documents easier.

The PlayBook can be rested against a stand that detaches from the keyboard for handsfree tablet viewing.

The keyboard also folds in half for extra portability.

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OtterBox PlayBook defender case

The OtterBox PlayBook Defender Case pictured above provides robust protection for the PlayBook - useful if the device is to be used by multiple people in an office or shop floor environment.

The case is made with a high-impact polycarbonate shell and a silicone skin with a clear membrane protecting the camera and screen.

According to OtterBox, the case protects the PlayBook against heavy drops, bumps, shocks, scratches and dust.

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Freeloader Solar Charger

The Freeloader Solar Charger pictured above gives PlayBook users a greener charging option.

The charger stores solar energy for up to three months and comes with nine adapters so it can be used with a range of other mobile devices along with the PlayBook.

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Adjustable tablet car mount by MobileFun

The Adjustable Tablet Car Mount by MobileFun attaches to the windscreen or dashboard and allows the PlayBook to function as a sat-nav, or let users read that important briefing document while stuck in a traffic jam.

Photos: MobileFun.co.uk

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BlackBerry convertible PlayBook case

The official BlackBerry convertible case turns into a stand so the PlayBook can be displayed on a desk or table - handy for group collaboration. The case is lined with a microfibre material which protects the PlayBook and an elastic closure holds the front flap closed when the case is shut.

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BlackBerry Curve

Last but not least, the ultimate PlayBook accessory has to be a BlackBerry smartphone.

Without a BlackBerry, PlayBook owners are unable to get mobile connectivity or access native BlackBerry email, calendar or BlackBerry Messenger.

Tether the tablet to your handheld and 3G access can be yours.

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