Essential Blackberry Applications: Part 3

BlackBerry Essential Apps — Tags: — Mark @ 2:27 pm

Here comes part 3 of my essential Blackberry apps list. Yes, I am an App whore. Yes, I love my Blackberry. No, I do not want an iPhone (I use copy/paste, lol).

  • Poynt (Free) – Poynt offers 411 service, movie times and directions. I have only tested the service in Canada which works fantastic. I imagine it works in other countries also but you will have to check. The local business listing is fantastic. A couple days ago I needed to do some last minute Christmas shopping for my wife. I used Poynt (which can use your GPS to determine your location and proximity to businesses) to search for the local store which I needed to order the gifts from. It was the first result of the query. I scrolled to it, pressed menu and there is a call number option which connected me to the business. Fantastic! No messing with GOOG-411 or Berry411 which did not work properly when I tried it.The movie times also worked just as good. Poynt searches your area for local cinemas and can show you movie show times after selecting the theatre. Cant recommend this one enough. UI fantastic, fresh and works better than expected.
  • BBNotePad (Free) – I have alot of files I need to share between my PC’s and Blackberry. Many of them are plain old text files. As the name suggests, BBNotePad is a regular text file editor for Blackberry. It is a simple application and works just as you would want it to including search support. I prefer using this to Memopad as I can save my Txt files to my media card and easily transfer it to other machines or as an email attachment.
  • Opera Mini (Free) – Everyone knows about this one but I had to add it. The only thing I wish I could do is make it my default browser or use it to load Blackberry applications (but I know this is out of Opera’s hands). One thing I recently learned is Opera Mini receives all of your requested web content back through a proxy server that filters your pages and internet so they are better suited for your mobile device. Very cool.
  • Qik (Free) – Qik is a fun service that allows you to stream live video straight from your device to the internet. I dont know how useful this is for me but never the less it is fun. With Qik you can create apage which contains an embedded video which always displays the latest video you stream. Users can also view all your public videos from you profile page on Qik’s website. This will be fun the next time I see a crazy mullet.
  • MidpSSH (Free) – This SSH client may not be as useful as some of my other recommendations for most people but I couldn’t leave it out. This program allows me to SSH to remote servers just like I would Putty from my desktop. I can send any command I would from my desktop except its just harder to read! Fantastic app if I have to restart Vmware or Apache or whatever on the go.

There you have it. That is my official “Best Blackberry Bold Apps”. I will make another post with my runners up and other apps that I keep installed.

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