Best of Smartphone Experts, 29 Nov 2009

Colorware All Set To Make Your BlackBerry Bold 9700 Sexier!

It was only a matter of time for those who might have been waiting for this. Colorware now has available on their site, the option to fully customize your BlackBerry Bold 9700 to any specs you do so wish. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has lots of pieces that can be colored, right down to the BlackBerry logo on the back itself. The above pic is my creation which I'll certainly be ordering. Prices are as per any other BlackBerry device starting at $159 and going all the way up to $849 if you want to purchase your 9700 directly from Colorware.

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Textender- Get It Now For Only $0.99

Textender- Get It Now For Only $0.99

Using a CDMA carrier and annoyed with the text messaging limit? Textender can help with that. A while ago we covered Textender on the blogs with the release announcement and a contest. Since then, Textender has been a big hit among users and the developers from BerryCodes have reduced the price for over the weekend. From now up until November 30th you can pick up a copy of Textender for just $0.99 cents. Great app, great price.

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How Many Times/Hours Per Day Do You Use Your BlackBerry? Video: Three BlackBerry Users Compare Their Stats!
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At the end of our Special Edition BlackBerry in Europe Podcast, the four of us in the room pulled out our BlackBerry Bold 9700s to compare our BlackBerry usage stats. Unfortunately, Rory 0'Neill (RIM's Senior Director Business Marketing, EMEA) didn't have the I Love BlackBerry app installed on his Bold 9700 at the time, but both Mike Kirkup (RIM's Director of Developer Relations) and Oliver Pilgerstorfer (RIM's PR Manager for the EMEA region) did.

Check out the video above to see the results of this impromptu competition first hand. Suffice to say, you definitely cannot say that RIM employees do not use the product they sell. Of the three of us, I came in last place with only 3 hours of average daily use. Shameful, I know. Though I did just install the app on my 9700 right before leaving for Europe the week before and while paying ridiculously high roaming fees abroad have intentionally been trying to use my device less than normal. Maybe on home soil I could have been right with Oliver and Mike. :)

But seriously... it's almost scary to look at everyday 'normal' usage stats like this. Think about it... there's 24 hours in a day. You sleep for hopefully 5 to 8 of them. Work backwards from there and to post up usage stats of 70 to 100 uses per day for a total of 3 to 4.5 hours of having your BlackBerry in hand, you're essentially reaching for your device at least once every 10 to 15 minutes and using it for 2 to 5 minutes at a time. What's even scarier (or maybe it's awesomer) is that I don't even think these kinds of stats are that out of the ordinary. For using my BlackBerry 80x per day for 3 hours per day total, I don't even really notice/feel that I'm using it all that much. Then there's our friend Bla1ze of course... I just asked him to send me a screencap of his I Love BlackBerry stats, which you can see below (note - he just reinstalled it after an OS upgrade so they're still counting up..but the daily stats column for all comparisons in this post are relevant). As you can see, at 7h30m per day spent on his BlackBerry, he's pretty much beyond help.

How does your BlackBerry use compare to this? Let us know in the comments!

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Special Edition Podcast: BlackBerry in Europe. Interview with Rory O'Neill and Mike Kirkup of Research in Motion!

The 2009 BlackBerry EMEA Alliance Summit is now over and the event once again was a great success. Speaking to many of the alliance members in attendance it was made clear to me that RIM has been listening and is doing their part to ensure those in the business of BlackBerry in the EMEA region are equipped with the tools and knowledge to be successful, and that events like the EMEA Summit help build those vital relationships.

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We all got to see the live images earlier of the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 (Stratus), now we get a video walk through courtesy of Salomondrin. The BlackBerry Pearl 9100 is shaping up to be a great device for those who have been waiting for a Pearl form factor revision.

There is a lot of talk going on in the CrackBerry forums surrounding the device but let us know in the comments what you think about the new 9100. Is it needed or wanted? Previous Pearl owners, will you be getting the BlackBerry Pearl 9100?

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Scotiabank Partners With M-Com To Bring Mobile Banking To BlackBerry

If you have an account with Scotiabank your day to day banking needs will soon be able to be fully taken care of all from the comfort of your BlackBerry Smartphone. Scotiabank announced a few days ago that they have teamed up with M-Com to bring a robust on device banking client to it's account holders. 

With over 22 million cell phone subscribers in Canada, wireless phones are among the fastest growing consumer products in history," said Mike Henry, Senior Vice President, Sales & Service, Scotiabank. "Canadians rely on the convenience of mobile devices to help them manage their busy lifestyles, and having the ability to do their banking from their mobile devices would simplify their lives that much more."

"The launch of mobile banking for Scotiabank customers next spring further demonstrates our commitment to offering innovative, convenient and secure banking solutions for our customers" continued Mr. Henry.

That's a lot of mobile users. I can see some users not interested in this though for security purposes but M-Com outlines their security offerings on their website, worth a look for sure. Expect the services to launch in the spring of 2010.

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EMEA BlackBerry Innovation Awards 2009 Winners Announced in Rome, Italy

In case you missed our live blog, here's the official press release following up on the BlackBerry EMEA Alliance Summit 2009 Innovation Awards. Over 150 apps/services competed over seven enterprise and consumer categories to fight for the top spot. The judges were independent of RIM (I was actually on the judging panel for both the Connect on BlackBerry and Entertainment on BlackBerry categories). Read on for the details and congrats to all the winners! 

Press Release

RIM announces winners of the BlackBerry Alliance Program's EMEA Innovation Awards 2009

Rome, Italy - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the winners of the BlackBerry Alliance Program's EMEA Innovation Awards 2009. Running for the second consecutive year, the awards showcase innovative organisations in the EMEA region who are delivering compelling mobile applications and services to customers on the BlackBerry platform.

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Our friend Fabian is at is again. This time he has released a very cool "car alarm for your BlackBerry" app called DonTouch. The app is simple - set it to activate and walk away from your phone. The device will detect any movement and sound a very obnoxious alarm. This is great for when you have to leave your device unattended on your desk at work, around the house or on the bar. When the alert sounds, you just need to swipe up to deactivate. DonTouch is available for the Storm and Storm2, and is on sale in the CrackBerry App Store for $1.95 through Monday.

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BB Themes Unlimited 50% Off Theme Sale

BB Themes Unlimited 50% Off Theme Sale
I'm a little late with this one, sorry about that folks, but with the flurry of sales going on around here its hard to keep track. Jennifer let me know about the 50% sale BB Themes Unlimited is having from now until the 28th. The selection from BB Themes Unlimited is great and you should be able to find a theme to suit your needs easily. Pick out a theme, toss it in the cart and when asked enter the coupon code "bbthemes4" and you're done. And please remember folks, coupon codes don't work on all parts of the site - when in doubt use the CrackBerry App Store from your device.
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Rogers Reduces BlackBerry Bold 9700 Pricing, Best Buy Says Our Bell Version Is Still Cheaper!

Yesterday, Rogers took the big leap in lowering the price of their BlackBerry Bold 9700 down to a somewhat reasonable $249.99 on a new 3 yr contract. Today however, Rogers should be heading back to the drawing board because Best Buy is pushing the Bell BlackBerry Bold 9700 out the door at a more then reasonable $229.99 and will toss in a $50 Best Buy gift certificate to boot. Not to mention, the Bell BlackBerry Bold 9700 comes with that fancy new network ;)

I'm starting to like the competition we're seeing here in Canada for wireless services and things are just getting started. In any event, the Bell/Best Buy deal is on until December 3rd when it comes to the BlackBerry Bold 9700 pricing, if you been holding out now is a good time to get a deal. Seems it's an in store offer only though, keep that in mind.

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Elecite Launches "Blank Canvas" Project And Wants To Hear From You

Elecite has been in the theme making business for a while now. Constantly wanting to push themes to the limit, Elecite has launched a new project called Blank Canvas. Blank Canvas was set up in order to find out what exactly it is you all as consumers want in a theme.

Got an idea for a theme that no one has done yet? Wanna see some features in a theme that would make it just perfect for you? Elecite wants to hear your ideas, the best ideas get respect as voted by others and Elecite will make it happen.

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Quicklaunch By Nikkisoft 50% Off For Today Only!

Quicklaunch By Nikkisoft 50% Off For Today Only!

In addition to all the other great deals going on, Nikkisoft has hit me up letting me know their popular Quicklaunch application for BlackBerry is now on sale for half price. QuickLaunch allows you to setup shortcuts for practically every function of your BlackBerry, not to mention keep you updated with the weather, take screenshots and much more. Click here for more information about Quicklaunch.

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MLH Software 50% Off Through Saturday

Space Ace  Missed Call Alert

The guys at MLH Software let me know that they're running a 50% off sale on all their apps through Saturday. You'll be able to pick up Blurts Pro, Missed Call Alert, Space Ace or Swine Flu - The Game for half price. All of these apps ring in at under $3 during the sale, so they are definietely worth checking out. Some good stuff in the mix here, so head to the links below to check them out.

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Deal of the Day: Save 50% on BerryWeather!

Deal of the Day: Save 50% on BerryWeather!
   

BerryWeather is perhaps the best weather application for BlackBerry. It has an insane amount of features, and its totally customizable. It features a homescreen icon with temperature and conditions, weather alerts, multiple locations, forecasts, radar and more. The $9.95 tag may be a bit high for some users, but you can grab it today as the Deal of the Day for only $4.97. This is a excellent price for an app like this, so if you haven't picked it up yet now it your chance. Head over to the CrackBerry App Store to download.

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Track Your Trails with BerrySki for BlackBerry

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BerrySki is an application for all you BlackBerry owners who love to ski or snowboard. It is a fully functional GPS app supporting maps from the United States and Canada (Europe coming soon). BerrySki if packed full of features including the following:

  • Offline Usage: Downloading maps directly to your BlackBerry means you do not need an active internet connection to view maps or your location on them.
  • Location: View your location on the resort, pan/zoom around to decide where you might like to go next.
  • Recording of GPS Tracks: Your GPS capable BlackBerry can record the tracks/routes you have taken for viewing and analyzing later.
  • Track Overlay: You can view your recorded routes overlaid on the resort map, showing you how much of the resort you have covered.
  • Track Animation: You can play your tracks in the form of a red dot moving about the map. The red dot moves on your tracks in proportion to your speed as well.
  • Statistics: You can view all tracks recorded in a detailed manner. Provides you with such analysis as the name and order of each lift and run taken, distance travelled, average speed, and maximum speed. Detailed information is also given on each difficulty level trail.
  • Export Track: Recorded tracks can be exported into .gpx format supported by all mapping software.

BerrySki is a great way to make use of that BlackBerry just sitting in your pocket while your on the slopes. It has multiple pricing starting at $4.99 per season and runs on OS 4.2.

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[Pre]defined

Are you a big fan of the Palm WebOS look and feel, but not quite ready to put down your BlackBerry to convert just yet? Over at BerryWorx they have made it possible for you to have the best of both worlds on your device. [Pre]defined offers users a crisp set of Palm Pre icons, along with a very nice overall rounded feel to the theme, much like the Palm Pre device offers. The navigation of the theme is rather basic, with a simple bottom dock with 5 user defined icons, which replicates the actual device rather nicely. The menus are very easy to read with a great color combination to add a very unique look to this theme. This theme is available for your 83xx and 88xx BlackBerry devices running OS 4.5 only, so sadly only those that are still holding on to older device can get in on this one. If you enjoy to theme your BlackBerry as another device, this theme is something you will want to check out.

Contest: We have 50 copies of [Pre]defined to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends this Sunday at Midnight PST.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for November 27th, 2009!

Howdy folks. Hope you're having a great November, and for my American friends I sincerely hope you're having a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with those most important to you. The end of the month is drawing near, and still we have no snow up here in good 'ol Winterpeg (Winnipeg). If we make it until December I'm going to break out the golf clubs for something so rare in these parts it only happens once every 30 years: December Golf :)

Covered this week in the roundup are the following titles:

In Case You Missed It: SmartSig, Hockey Scores for BlackBerry, Pandora for BlackBerry Updated, Beta eBay App Now Available, Twixtreme Now Available in App World

New This Week: Mini SMS, AppLock, Guitar Chords, First Responders Reference, Stop Turning!

Cool at BlackBerry App World: Cash Cab

Freebie of the Week: CBS Sports Pro Football

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