Blackberry apps are a growing phenomenon and if you happen to own a Blackberry, you simply must have the best apps for it, right? RIM, Research in Motion (Blackberry’s maker), has recently begun to develop and market apps for its phones intended for the non-business users. We reviewed the 5 highest rated apps currently available and have listed them here. Blackberry is second only to iPhone in popularity and that makes this an important development and step up for RIM and the Blackberry. They are available for all Blackberry units and are all free of cost. There are many others as well, some of which may require a small charge, but worth looking at.
Google for Blackberry Mobile
Google was one of the first supporters of mobile apps, even before the reign of the smartphone. With the advent of the smartphone Google is the best app to add. Once you go to the Google page and find your model of phone you will have access to Gmail, Google Maps, Google search, Search by voice, as well as links to other applications. As with all things Google its simple to use, free and easy to set up. With the rise of Google apps for Domains, you can imagine that this is only the beginning.
The Opera web browser is the fastest of all the major browsers. The Opera Mini for your Blackberry has all of the capabilities of its big brother packed onto your Blackberry smartphone and is still the fastest of Mobile browsers. This browser includes all of the Opera online services that are available with the new release. This means that you can synchronize your Blackberry smartphone’s Opera Mini browser with your PC’s browser! The Opera Mini is one of the most popular mobile apps, period, and will make web browsing on the Blackberry a much better experience overall.
This is an excellent free version of FileScout, a file system application and recommended for those who like to have some control over their apps. This is Windows Explorer or Task Manager for your Blackberry. It fully supports Zipping and Unzipping, Media file opening (as long as the file type is supported on your phone’s OS, file viewing as plain text and viewing hidden system files as well. Be careful with that last option, though! If you do the wrong things to certain files (like delete them), you could really mess up your phone or its operating system, just as deleting the wrong file on a PC can crash it completely. There is also a premium version of FileScout which will be available soon. The premium version will add many more features, as if any more are needed.
Web Messenger Mobile for Skype
Not that VoIP or Skype are popular or anything (/ sarcasm), but do you think you might like to have it on your Blackberry? If this is this is something you might be interested in, then this is the “app for that,” the one that you want. Web Messenger for Blackberry supports a Buddy List for up to 20 people and allows you to text and talk as well as have a mobile conference with up to four different people as well. The only thing you have to do is download the app and install the PC plug-in. The plug-in is what connects you to your Skype account, and its only downfall. A small price to pay for the best working app for Skype.
An infinity of free music, but only the kind that you like and want to listen to. The best thing about this app? You do not have to tell your phone what music to play, just pick your favorite singer, artist or album and your phone gets it right from then on out. Is this what you want, the perfect app that makes your decisions for you? You would think maybe this is the 24th century? No problem, just install Pandora for Blackberry, which is the mobile version of the online music service and your existing profile will be ready to go, if you don’t have one yet, it will help you build one and it will be available from any web browser.
However, just because these are some of the greatest apps, it does not mean there are not many, many more to choose from. There are many websites with thousands of applications to choose from. Two of the better websites include GetJar and Blackberry’s own AppWorld. If you are looking for a particular app, you are sure to find it at one of these sites and if you cannot, you might want to think about hiring a developer to program one for you!
GetJar: More Apps for Blackberry
Google: Google Mobile App for your phone
Web Messenger: Mobile for Skype
Free File Scout Information: Free File Scout Lite
Opera: Opera Mini amp; Opera Mobile Browser
Pandora: Pandora for Blackberry