Howdy CrackBerry nation! What a busy week it has been. It's only been a little over a week since the launch of the BlackBerry Passport? How many of you were one of the 200,000 lucky individuals to get your hands on one? If you haven't already, be sure to check out Kevin's editorial on his experiences with the device as well how instant actions, among other features, made email triage faster than iOS and Android.
Now it is time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
Owl Always Love You by Themerzz
Now that the fall season is upon us, there is no better time to liven up your display then with a brand new theme. This lovely and colorful creation is skinned from top to bottom so that no detail is left untouched. The first thing you see is the wallpaper that showcases not only the bright colors that grace every menu and screen but how those adorable owls are the center of attention. Throughout all of the menus, popup and dialog boxes, and banner bars are the beautiful purple color combinations. Rounding out this theme are the custom icons, fonts, battery and signal meters, and redesigned message and notifications and indicators. It certainly does stand out on your BlackBerry display. For those of you who own a BBOS device, this delightful creation can be purchased for $0.99 and is compatible for most legacy devices.
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Audio Cutter-MP3+WAV Creator+Cutter by Smomn
When I'm not at work (where I keep my phone on silent) I still assign ringtones for each of my friends and family so I always know who is calling. While this may be old fashioned, for those of you who want to create your own ringtones this application is here to help you out. Using your existing MP3 and WAV files you can edit the recording to generate your own audio files. Once the files are cropped you can save, share, or play. The application is quick and easy to use and is $1.99 to download for BlackBerry 10.
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BP Monitor by bsmInnovation.com
Our next selection this week came via a Twitter request. Now I am no stranger to medical applications, having downloaded quite a few to assist my Mother with her diabetes and heart condition. For me, these applications should not be used in lieu of seeing a doctor or going to a hospital. However, if you are seeking to maintain or just to keep track of your blood pressure to provide to medical professionals then this tracker will come in handy. This Built for BlackBerry application offers an intuitive native experience to help you track blood pressure, heart rate, weight, height, BMI, date/time and notes on a daily basis. In addition, data may be exported as a CSV file to send to your PC or to your doctor via email. There is also a graphing option to view your blood pressure distribution and a means to compute meaningful statistics of your values. I think the charting features are quite useful and the app runs smooth. Again, we all could use a way to monitor our health and this application gets the job done for $1.99.
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ColorBrix by Elixir LLC
Nothing beats a good puzzle game, especially when it is as colorful as this one. This game is quite unique in both its concept and execution. Dubbed as being similar to Tetris, you have to manipulate each of the different colored boxes on the screen, usually various shades of the same scheme, until you match them up in a full row. For example, when lighter shades are combined they turn in the darker shades, which not only helps you complete a row but makes things more difficult in the process. Think you can figure it out to obtain the highest score? As a test of your visual and strategy skills, this will keep you occupied for quite some time. The developer stated in the forums that for now it is only available Android and Amazon stores. However, if they receive enough downloads will launch a native version for BlackBerry 10 as well. Come on BlackBerry nation, this game is free to download and is very enjoyable.
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Color LED – Notification Manager by X-Reve
here is nothing like seeing the blinking red light on your BlackBerry to distract you from whatever you are doing. It is one of the reasons we fell in love with the brand to begin with. That addicting light makes us stop whatever we are doing to answer whatever message or notification may pop up. That is why we always love customizing this option. While LED apps are no stranger to the storefront, I came across this one in the forums. As with the others, it allows you to create your own custom LED notifications for various native apps and phone calls as well as select third party programs. Not only can you choose a specific color for your contacts, but for incoming calls, missed calls, text, PIN, and BBM messages, and social networking apps such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The interface is user-friendly and the settings are rather self-explanatory. This B4B application is $2.99 and compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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What You Might Have Missed
Modern World War 3D by Sunnet Game Studio
Looking for a great RPG shootring game? Look no further then this gem with not only impressive graphics but smooth gameplay as well. There are diverse missions to complete in order to rescue the world and various achievements and weapons to unlock along the way. This game is only available for touch devices and the BlackBerry Passport (sorry Q handset owners). I have to say the action and visuals are amazing no matter which compatible device you own. The best part is you can download Modern World War 3D for free in BlackBerry World.
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Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.