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blackberryDespite spending more time online than the inhabitants of Tron, I never quite caught the Apple bug, and it seems I’m not entirely alone. Face it fanboys, some of us don’t want smooth touchscreens, we like our clunky buttons; we enjoy waiting aaaages for a single page to open.

Ok, so that’s rubbish, but the fact is that while it’s been overshadowed by iPhone and Android handsets recently, there’s still a lot of Blackberries out there and they’re a popular choice for business.

Sometimes though, you need more than just email, and while the range isn't as extensive as those offered by other fruitily monikered handsets there's still a solid range of useful (and not so useful) apps available for Blackberry.

Let's check out some of the best...

Viigo

ViigoOne of the best RSS readers on any platform, Viigo comes with a ton of preloaded streams and allows you to track up to 2,500 if you really want to (You don’t).

With a neat, intuitively organised interface and quick loading times it’s a winner whether you need market info or a daily horoscope.

iSkoot

iSkootNot entirely sure why they’ve retained the ‘I’ in the name, but superfluous vowels aside iSkoot is the must-have app for BB users who haven’t discovered Gmail yet/regularly use Skype.

A quick contact import function makes adding your address book a doddle, while audio quality is surprisingly good on the move, and there’s a handy IM function too. 

Certainly a better option than keeping a stack of scratch-off international call cards in your wallet.

Twitterberry

twitterberryA simple, useful Twinterface that makes microblogging on the go a doddle.

Posts are easy to send and receive, although you’ll need to auto refresh replies and view DM’s and searches separately. Exactly like the Twitter web interface in fact.

Stripped back and sweet for tweets.

Wrath

WrathOf course, it can’t be all work work work, so let’s pick a decent game too.

What’s the best game ever then? GTA? Final Fantasy? Halo?

Wrong! It’s obviously Galaga, which of course isn’t appearing on the BB right now, but luckily clone Wrath is.

If there’s an app available that crams more scrolling photon beam alien destruction into the daily commute I’d like to see it!

Documents to go

documents-to-go Right! Back to work!

Despite cheap new packages and swoopy, curvy designs, at it's heart the Blackberry is still primarily a business phone, so it better come with some decent office apps.

Documents To Go comes preloaded onto the majority of phones and does a good job with major Microsoft Office documents.

If you need to actively edit then you’ll be looking at paying around £50 for a lifetime premium version, but with updates in line with new Office releases this is a sensible, useful choice for those needing quick access to data on the move.

Expense Manager

expense managerWhile it isn't the cheapest expense software app available, Expense manager is straightforward to use and crammed with useful features including running totals and tabs to help track separate client invoices easily.

The whole thing is also built around a solid, reliable Excel exporter that won’t mangle your carefully constructed rates when you email them.

nuTsie

nuTsieFor music fans Blackberry’s large expandable memory, decent battery life (I’m ignoring the Storm for the moment) and great sound quality is a definite plus, but there’s a surprisingly limited set of music Apps available.

While Pandora’s is great, it’s still limited to the US so us continental types have to make do with nuTsie, an iTunes interface that maps your own library and streams from it’s servers, meaning you can turn off the home computer and avoid sideloading issues while listening.

Of course, you may run into trouble if you’re a huge fan of Chrome Hoof, but with a decent selection of popular tracks nuTsie is a solid music option.

Snaptu

SnaptuWhile there are some decent dedicated social media apps for Blackberry there aren’t a lot of multi-management tools available.

I’m assuming this is because once again, devs assume that we sensible office types, with our suits and ties, will be more interested in monitoring cash flow and taking ownership of synergies than checking our Facebook.

How wrong they are! Don’t they know that the integrated social intersphere is the way of the future?

Luckily enough Snaptu have bucked the trend and given us this useful, image-based interweaving of Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

Each stream is cleverly managed and simple to use, with quick browsing and switching. Of course, it would probably have been a good idea to include a photo upload feature in an image-based piece of software, but what do I know?

Tripit

tripitTraveling away on business and slightly tired of arriving in Cameroon to find you’ve been booked into the local McDonalds instead of the Ritz-Carlton?

Tripit has decent apps for a range of smartphones, but the Blackberry one wins points for sending you intelligible confirmation emails at every step, and successfully confirming flight numbers, transfers and hotel bookings with ease.

Tripit also comes with a very simple mobile site that allows you to store your itinerary, meaning you can access it from a simple phone should your airline decide to ship your Blackberry to Guatemala instead off your intended destination.

Quick, easy and straightforward.

MMMOOO

mmmoooFinally, if you're tired of your Apple loving friends mocking your choice of smartphone, why not invest in an up to the nanosecond theme? 

Prove your bleeding edge coolosity with MMMOO’s free newspaper theme, which will happily whisk you into the 19th Century with its classic sepiatone newspaper menu!

Settle back and picture yourself in a topper and waxed moustache as you lord it up over your textile mill/browse the web.

Matt Owen

Published 15 July, 2010 by Matt Owen

Matt Owen was formerly Head of Social at Econsultancy. You can follow him on Twitter or hook up on LinkedIn.

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Scott

nuTsie compares the list of the songs in your iTunes library with the music already stored on nuTsie's servers. If they have it, they stream it from their servers (not from your computer) to your Blackberry. And what if they don't have it?...That's why I switched to this - http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/5742.

about 6 years ago

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Duncan Gunn

I never caught the Blackberry bug either!  Plenty of Windows Mobile devices out there that I find well designed for business use, but I suppose it depends what you are used to.

about 6 years ago

John Courtney

John Courtney, CEO and Executive Chairman at Pay on Results SEO, Content Marketing, Social Media, Digital PR, PPC & CRO from Strategy Digital

great selection! A curse on all all apples

about 6 years ago

Daniel Bryan Hopwood

Daniel Bryan Hopwood, Digital Media Planner/Buyer at MEC Manchester

Ok....who twisted your arm to get that TRON link in there?

about 6 years ago

Matt Owen

Matt Owen, Head of Social at Econsultancy

No arm twisting required..of course...if anyone wants to give me a free light-cycle I won't complain...

about 6 years ago

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Jay Cooper

Love the post. In a recent session I ran on social mobile there was a backlash from the 50% of Blackberry users that didn't want to be tarred with the iPhone brush. In fact, they resented their Blackberry being called a 'smartphone'. So we came up with "Smugphones" for phones with screens that have your fingerprints all over them and  an "Executive" for ones with proper keys.

about 6 years ago

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Bangalow Accommodation

I have a HTC diamond but seeing these apps I wish I had a Blackberry :)

about 6 years ago

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Abe

Very nice post. I really like all these apps. I have found a few other ones that I really like and use daily, and wanted to know your opinions of them, Zsnap, TexTango, and ScanLife. 

By the way, I love my BlackBerry:-) 

about 6 years ago

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Sharon

Where is talking carl?  Where are the fun gadget apps?

over 5 years ago

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Galaga

I can believe that there are apps which I have never heard before.

about 5 years ago

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vanbach bn, ENG at VTE

I also using BB 9700. it is very great.

over 2 years ago

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