I know not everyone has a Blackberry and you guys/girls reading this blog probably think that since I have one, that’s all I’ll ever post about in the smart phone category. Well, good news! I also have an iPod touch so I can review most iPhone apps just as easily. I figured for today’s post though, I’ll start with what I know best; my Blackberry apps and tech news.
I’m sure if you’re as interested in tech news as I am, you always want the latest updates as they happen. Well lucky for us, the Blackberry App World has tonnes of great news apps which have technology sections as well apps from technology sites!
The 3 apps that I check almost 2 or 3 times a day (if I’m away from my PC or laptop) are;
1) Globe and Mail – This app comes from the Globe and Mail newspaper here in Canada. I enjoy reading it because it gives great insight on what’s happening in the technology world in Canada. For example, I wouldn’t be able to find anything on the CRTC decision to increase bandwidth costs here in Canada on any other non-Canadian apps.
2) CNet – I really enjoy they’re reviews on new products as well as their constant updates on what’s happening in the social media, search engine and tech realm.
3) NY Times – This was one of the first Blackberry apps that I downloaded, mostly because at the time they’re wasn’t anything nearly as functional in the App World. Now that there are a lot more tech news apps, I find myself visiting it less however, I do find that they have exceptional writers in their tech department.
So those are my top 3. Anyone have any other suggests on some great tech news apps that I should download from Blackberry App World?
Back in April of 2010, I realized it was time for me to jump into the smart phone market. For about 3 years I was stuck with a simple Nokia cell phone that had no email or internet browsing ability and could barely take a decent 100x100px picture. Since I didn’t mind my service with Virgin Mobile I decided to stick with them and see what they had to offer. The first thing that caught my eye was the iPhone but I knew a lot of people with one and I found that it was more of a toy than a phone. I also had already purchased an iPod Touch a year earlier so I figured it would be silly to essentially have two of the same thing.
That’s when I saw the Blackberry Curve 8530 for the low, low price of free with a 3 year contract. I’ve never been a fan of cell phone contracts, but I didn’t want to spend $300.00 on a phone so I went with it. I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
There are 3 main reasons I would suggest you get a Blackberry over an iPhone or an other smart phone, the easy to use keyboard, the simple handling of emails and an app store that is growing bigger and bigger on a week to week basis. Having an iPod Touch I already knew how difficult it was to get used to typing using the touch screen. The Blackberry keyboard makes it easy to type out long or short messages using letters, numbers or symbols. Controlling emails on the Blackberry was also very easy to setup and keep track of. I couldn’t imagine where I’d be if I didn’t have the ability to check email wherever I was. Lastly, the Blackberry App World which I wasn’t too impressed with when I first started has now won be over a few short months later. Sure the iPhone and Android app store have more of a selection, but I’ve found that the Blackberry App World has all the apps that I really need. How many of the 200,000 iPhone apps are actually useful?
All in all, I’d definitely suggest a Blackberry to anyone who owns a business or is a business professional. I’d even suggest a Blackberry to a regular 18-34 year old because the app store is growing and there is no better smart phone communication app than the Blackberry Messenger.