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Best New Blackberry Apps

Article published in October 2010 Beckett Guide to Phone Apps

Best New Blackberry Apps
By Sherry Jackson

With over 10,000 Blackberry apps now on the market, Blackberry users are downloading over a million apps each day. RIM, the maker of Blackberry devices is encouraging developers more than ever to create new apps by holding contests and summits. Here are some of the best new Blackberry Apps on the market today.

Feeds-Google Client Reader
Price: $2.99
Company: CDJ Studios
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This app allows you to read your Google RSS Feeds on your device and synch up with Google Reader. Article feeds will automatically be downloaded (there’s a setting that also lets you control how many download at one time) when synched and items that you read on your Blackberry will be marked as read and vice versa. Folders and feeds can be marked as read with one click and you can read items while offline. The app is also optimized for minimal battery and memory usage.

Grape Theme
Price: Free
Company: MMMOOO
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Not really an app, but worth mentioning, is the Grape Theme from MMMOOO. Designer Lee Jong-Young was the first runner up in the Blackberry Theme Design Competition held in South Korea held earlier this year. Themes for the Blackberry continue to be popular as they let users customize their device.

Moneysend by Mastercard
Price: Free
Company: Mastercard
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This free app from MasterCard lets you transfer money using your Blackberry via a virtual prepaid account. Just link up your existing debit card, credit card or checking account and designate to whom you wish to send money. It’s a quick easy way to exchange money without ever stepping foot in a bank. The information is not stored on the Blackberry so it’s safe and secure. The only caveats are that you have to be a US Citizen and belong to a participating bank or credit union.

Poynt
Price: Free
Company: Multiplied Media Corporation
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Poynt has actually been around for a while but their newest update makes it worth noting. The biggest upgrade is the enabling of the BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server). This handy app provides information on what’s around you. You can find business listings, restaurants, movie times, weather information and more. The app uses GPS and Cell towers to determine where you are and then searches websites, yellow page directories, contacts and maps to provide the information.

Photobucket 2.0 Mobile App
Price: FREE
Company: Photobucket
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Photobucket is one of the top online photo sharing and storage sites with over 100 million subscribers. This newly updated app provides Blackberry users the ability to upload photos, download images onto your phone and search their media library which contains billions of photos. You can also view and manage your Photobucket album.

College Themes
Price: $4.99
Company: Access Lane Inc
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This is actually a collection of new themes all geared towards College sports. Search for your favorite college team on the Blackberry App World website or from the BWA application on your phone and download. The themes come with wallpaper, animation and ring tones.

TreadIt Pedometer
Price: $2.99
Company: VirtualViews.com
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The perfect app for athletes and couch potatoes, this app will keep track of how many steps you take while running or walking. Most physicians recommend at least 10,000 steps per day. You can also set alarms and track distance, calories burned, time and speed. All results are stored in a log that can be viewed, emailed or published to Facebook.

Deer Hunter African Safari
Price: $6.99
Company: Glu Games Inc
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The newest game app from Glu Games, Inc is touted as the most realistic mobile hunting game on the market and is based on the best-selling game from Atari. The game does have pretty good graphics and players can hunt big game in several different African countries. It has a shooting gallery mode as well as Quick Hunt or multi-day hunting excursions.

Starbucks Card Mobile App
Price: Free
Company: Starbucks
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This app makes paying for your daily cup of java easier! Starbucks is testing this app at 16 trial stores in Northern California and Seattle as well as in all Starbuck stores in the more than 1000 U.S. Target locations. Simply enter your card number and the app will display a barcode that you show to the cashier to scan. You can also check your balance and reward stars as well as register your card. This app is one of the few that is NOT available via the Blackberry App store, just text GO to 70845 to download.

Trillian IM App
Price: $4.99
Company: Cerulean Studios, Inc
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This IM application for your Blackberry allows users to IM with multiple platforms including Facebook Chat, AIM, Yahoo, MSN and more, send and receive pictures and messages and will even synch with your desktop Trillian contacts. There are still some bugs that are being reported but overall it’s a solid IM app with lots of great features.

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