It's been a while since I wrote a review on my Blackberry Bold -and after months of using it, I've downloaded countless apps to use. After all the installs, trials, crashes and ranting over great tools to use with my phone, I've put my case to rest with these top 10 most useful applications. While none of these apps are exclusive to Blackberry - they are the best downloads I've enjoyed on my Bold since owning it.
Off the bat - the most useful application for many obvious reasons. Long gone are the days of printing out direction sheets from the browser. GMaps is perfect for on the go directions, and is really helpful when you're trying to find the fastest route to your destination - as it shows traffic levels on all major freeways and streets. It even provides times for buses and trains! Definitely the most helpful tool I've used on my phone...
See the full review, "The Most Helpful Blackberry Application".
Blackberrys are well known for their email capability, but GMail users get a big plus to using email on their berrys. While you can receive and send emails through the BIS setup, Gmail provides an app to keep on your phone that provides all of the functionality you get when using a browser. You can add/remove labels, archive messages and search through your entire inbox. While I use the BIS to receive and send on my gmail account, I like to keep the app handy in case I need to look for past email threads or contacts.
I still remember the night I found out that the Blackberry app was released - it was awesome! With the Pandora app, you can log-in with your existing account, and retrieve all of your created stations, and play them right through your phone. Unbelievable? Try plugging this in when you're on the drive, and you'll never listen to the radio again.
See the full review, "Ditch FM radio - listen to a station that plays only what you like.".
Twitter is pretty much useless if you can't enjoy sharing what it is you are doing at any given moment away from your computer. While you can use standard texting to update your status, I use Twitterberry on my phone to stay up to date on all that is happening. There are a lot of other apps for twitter that you can try out - but I've found TB to be the most stable, simple and ad free program to use.
If there is any game worthy of mentioning as useful on this list - it's the classic Pac-Man. I think I've played this thing so many times, I'd empty out a laundry-mat's quarter machine if I had to pay for it. Let's face it - we all miss this game, so why wait running into it at an arcade or finding it on the web?
Remember the days when you would think of all the things you would do to your facebook account the moment you could get to a computer? The friends you were going to comment on, the people you were going to add, the photos you were going to upload, the list would go on! Now, you can stay current on all those things with this app. It saves you time and hassle remembering what or who you had to get back to, and lets syncs up your existing contact book making getting in touch with friends much easier (and faster).
Sometimes when text, email or even a phone call won't do - AOL Instant Messenger pulls through to getting in touch with all those buddies of yours who you can count on being at their computers all day and night. Perfect for that one friend who never leaves, and responds faster to IMs than they do anything else - like their parents calling them downstairs for dinner. Simple app - but comes in very handy when needed.
I think Evernote is pretty basic, and with time either they'll improve what they do or Google will create a better app. I use Evernote to manage my bookmarks and articles that I'm interested in reading later than at the moment. While you can use your BB task, calendar or memo functions to handle your notes better than Evernote, it seems as if no other app does as good of a job in keeping your bookmarks handy...yet.
While I haven't had much time to use Google Voice much on my phone - it was so innovative that it made it to this list without much effort. The app that Google put out for blackberrys made it much more useful, as you can pretty much manage an entire separate number on your existing phone. Google Voice allows you to make and receive calls and text messages through that number and even communicate internationally at low rates (definitely much lower than what you'd pay with your current provider, for sure!). I know for sure I'll be using it more in the future.
Last, but not least - is the BB Weather app. Your standard weather forecasting tool that comes into play when you're on the go to various locations, or packing for your vacation and come into instant need of weather conditions. You can find forecasts on any city or zip code, and find details on highs and lows, week temps or advisories pretty easy on this app.
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