<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/bbHead3.png” />I recently wrote a post called The Best Free Software For Your Blackberry. After reading the comments from one of our readers, Andrew Johnson, I found a bunch of new applications and some forgotten ones. My wife recently got a Blackberry Storm and I decided to load it up with some applications.
Once you start using these there is no going back; hence the title. We will be covering blackberry Storm applications that help you find local restaurants, update Twitter, find out your local weather, find where you are and how to get to where you are going and much more.
Stick around and read through the post. I am sure you will find something that you will love!
And here we go in no particular order:
1. The first application we will be taking a look at is called UrbanSpoon. The developers of UrbanSpoon describe it as a restaurant slot machine. What makes this application awesome is the fact that it uses your location data to populate the slot machine with local cuisine and restaurants. Just give it a shake and it will decide for you!
No more fighting and bickering with your loved ones over where to go! Just let your Blackberry decide.
You can find UrbanSpoon here, you can download the JAD file directly to your Blackberry or you can visit their site and have the application emailed directly to you.
2. Next up is Google Maps for mobile. You can use all the features Google Maps has to offer right on your Blackberry. You can take advantage of your Blackberry’s GPS and get turn by turn directions as well as seeing images of where you are going.
Google Maps has set the bar pretty high for free GPS enabled applications. Take advantage of it and do not pay for another application!
3. Now for those of you that go outside on a regular basis we have Berryweather to tell you what it is going to be like out there.
Get useful weather updates auto-magically on your Blackberry each and every day. You will see the forecast for the upcoming week as well as the current temperature and outlook. It will also tell you what it feels like with the wind chill. This will let you prepare for the day or week at a glance.
Download Berryweather from here.
4. Then we have JiveSlide for the photo lovers out there. If you love to share your images with friends and family and you store your pictures on Flickr or Yahoo then this is the application for you.
JiveSlide is a photo viewing, slide show application. It lets you pull items saved to Flickr or Yahoo!. It makes viewing pictures very easy. Point it to where you want it to go and it will start streaming your pictures to your BlackBerry.
5. Piconews is a news aggregator that makes feed reading easy and fun. It is no secret that I love reading news feeds on my handheld. It doesn’t matter if you are a RSS junkie or you don’t know what RSS means, PicoNews will help bring the news directly to you. This reader helps you locate feeds by keywords or category.
Once you have the feeds you want, your Blackberry will download all the articles in it. This enables you to use it when you do not have a signal to read your news. This is awesome for the train.
6. Then we have a little application some of you might have heard of called FourSquare. Now I need to add a disclaimer that I do not use FourSquare and I think location services can be troublesome to say the least. But some of my followers have told me that they absolutely LOVE FourSquare. The premise behind the application is that you can check into a certain location and compete to be king of that spot.
You can earn badges and participate in the hype. The app can also show you who is near you and your friends locations.
7. If you use FourSquare you are probably all over Twitter and every Twitter user needs a Twitter client – right? Well we have an application called UberTwitter. It offers what you would expect from a Twitter client such as being able to tweet, see your friends tweets, send direct messages and more.
You have to love being able to tweet on the go, after all that is what Twitter was meant for right? Download, install and start tweeting away to your hearts content! Twitter user’s name removed at my wife’s request.
8. What do you use for instant messaging on your Blackberry? I have been stuck on AOL Instant Messenger for some time now. A lot of my old friends and contacts refuse to give it up so I normally have an AIM client with me on the go.
Now you can have one on your Blackberry as well. It is as easy as downloading the client, setting up your username and password and you are good to go.
Download the Blackberry AOL IM client here. [Broken Link Removed]
9. Do you use Google Voice? If you do and you have a BlackBerry, you can now make phone calls using your Google Voice number, read your transcribed email, send free text messages as well as complete Google Address Book integration.
10. SMRTGuard helps protect your investment in your BlackBerry. They offer paid services as well as their SMRTGuard. SMRTGuard can track your Blackberry remotely as well as remotely wipe all data on your device via their website. They also talk about being able to track your loved ones (with their permission of course).
Once you get this installed you will wonder how you lived without it!
Do you have any other favorite applications for your BlackBerry? We would love to see them in the comments!