BlackBerry App World Review

By Paul Riegler on 12 December 2009
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BlackBerry App World is available for BlackBerry smartphones with a trackball or touchscreen such as the Pearl, Bold, Curve, and Storm.App World_Categories

To test App World I used a BlackBerry Bold and AT&T’s 3G network, later switching to Wi-Fi to see if downloads were significantly faster (they weren’t).  Installation was reasonably fast and simple.  Once in App World, I found hundreds of applications in categories such as News, Weather, Finance, Games, Productivity, Social Networking, and Health.  Many are free but some were relatively pricey ($59.99).

Installing a free app was straightforward. App World_Top Downloads_Sample List I downloaded multiple apps, including Viigo and Slacker Radio, and was soon listening to the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Sabre Dance. I was able to also check the weather and news reports in Viigo while the radio continued to play.  This app is particularly useful for the business traveler since one can set up weather reports for cities around the world all on one page.

Purchasing applications was far clumsier than what Apple offers in its App Store: the first time I selected an application I wanted to purchase, AP News for $2.99, instead of offering to charge it to my mobile phone number, it offered me only one payment method: PayPal.

It was easy to find and learn about new applications.  Most have screen shots and product summaries and many have reviews.  Features include keyword search, reviews, recommendations, and a folder called My World, which keeps track of downloaded applications and facilitates reinstallation and transfer of applications to another device.

–Paul Riegler is a Contributing Editor at Executive Road Warrior.

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