As my new year’s resolution (aka experiment) for the year revolves around not buying newspapers for the year, my mobile apps will take on even greater significance.
Now, I’m BlackBerry dude. And proud of it. (Although my Motorola DEXT is a nice bit of ‘reserve’ kit).
Say what you like about the other options out there, but the BlackBerry is an incredibly practical bit of kit.
So, with my experiment in mind and a new year upon us, I thought I’d share the 10 Blackberry Apps that I couldn’t live without (ok, I’d survive, obviously, it’s just a phone…but ’10 BlackBerry apps I frequently use’ is a much less compelling, sorry).
Anyway, let’s get on with it, my Top 10 BlackBerry Apps which can each be acquired for free via the BlackBerry App World (direct from your device) or you can get them through each product’s respective website (but there may be a fee attached):
Seesmic Mobile (Best Twitter Client)
Now, it seems UberTwitter has become the darling of Twitter clients for BlackBerry users – perhaps my loyalty to the desktop Seesmic (aka Twhirl) influences my choice but it’s also the simplicity and capability of the Seesmic app that impresses me.
I especially love the easy to access ‘lists’ function and it’s search capability which has rendered http://search.twitter.com/ redundant as far as my mobile goes.
Opera Mini 5 beta 2 (Best Browser Converter)
Both are web navigation clients which make browsing more robust than the regular Berry browser.
The Opera Mini 5 has just been released in beta 2 form and is worth a try…the ‘speed dial’ bookmarks function is especially tidy.
Foursquare (for BlackBerry – the beta App)
In a word, it’s awesome. It’s not quite complete yet, but it’s much more intuitive than I expected and the ‘alerts’ function when someone ‘checks in’ locally to you is very handy.
I noticed a bit of a lift in FourSquare usage in North America over Christmas…hope it transfers over the pond in January…should be a lot of fun.
Bit.lify (Best URL shortener)
If you’re accustomed to the desktop version of this, it essentially does the same thing but with less hoops to jump through.
bit.ly (which is a popular URL shortener) is ‘mobi-fied’ via bit.lify where it identifies links from the pages you’re browsing, and with one click, converts the page address to something shorter and then the new URL can be shared via any platform you like.
Beejive IM (Best IM solution)
Being able to access Facebook chat on a long train journey is a god send.
gwabbit (Unique contacts tool)
QuickPull (Memory Maximizer)
A basic app…but sometimes the best things in life are the simplest.
Snaptu (Dashboard / RSS)
Snaptu is a dashboard that looks very similar to an iPhone client…right down to the rounded icons.
As a dasboard its ok, giving you one touch access to all your social networking accounts, news and more.
The main reason I use it is for the RSS reader. I’ve tried lots of alternatives for the Berry including PinStack, but this one, for me, is the best.
(Don’t forget to add The Comms Corner RSS if you download this app!)
BuzzMe (Good vibrations)
Neither did I until ‘Buzz Me’ explained otherwise.
This tiny app automatically adds this functionality to your phone giving you ‘coordinated’ buzz bliss. Nice.
ExpenseLog Pro 2
The best of a bad bunch perhaps?
I don’t love this, but it does have all the pieces to ensure I’ll claim my expenses properly in 2010, including the nifty ability to sort by project/ client.