Adam's most-used BlackBerry Apps of 2011

By Adam Zeis on 28 Dec 2011 03:14 pm EST

Adam's Most Used BlackBerry Apps

Like every BlackBerry user I have a set of favorite apps. The ones I find myself turning to nearly every time I pick up my device. I'm not talking about the native apps like BBM, Messages or the Browser - think third-party apps that serve a specific purpose. I'm a big Twitter user on the go so that's a big one, and I also use a third-party app to lock my device. So just what are my most-used apps of 2011? Keep reading to find out.

Adam's most-used BlackBerry apps of 2011


PatternLock BlackBerry

This one may be cheating a bit since it wasn't released until late in 2011 (for BlackBerry 7 devices at least) but I figure since I use it nearly every time I check my device, that more than makes up for it. I like the ease of use that comes with having a pattern to unlock my device instead of the standard password lock. It has plenty of options to tweak to most every user, and best of all it lets my second most-used app do it's thing ...

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Leave It On

Leave It On

This one I love. Leave It On is a totally customizable app that lets me set my screen to activate when I receive certain messages, or leave my backlight on for extended periods should I need to do so. I have Leave It On set to display my SMS messages (including message preview) as well as light up for Twitter mentions, Facebook and BBM. The popups display even when my device is locked with PatternLock (unfortunately it won't work over the native password lock - the screen will illuminate but not display popups). The options go way beyond that though, so if you haven't used it you should definitely check it out. 

More information/download of Leave It On

Twitter for BlackBerry

Twitter for BlackBery

No brainer on this one. I love to use Twitter when I'm on the go, and given that there aren't too many choices for Twitter clients on BlackBerry, this one does the job just fine. I love the integration with my other BlackBerry apps, the Push mentions and having everything right where I need it. It's free and it works - end of story.

More information/download of Twitter for BlackBerry


Evernote BlackBerry

I love Evernote on every platform. I use it for countless things like keeping track of upcoming posts, all my recipes, to-do lists, vacation scrapbooks and much more. Having all the things I need with me when I'm on the go is a huge plus. Evernote can be used for loads of different things depending on your needs, and it is now (and will always be) one of my tops apps. Period.

More information/download of Evernote

Facebook for BlackBerry

Facebook for BlackBerry

I'll admit it - I have a mild Facebook addiction. Being in front of my computer all day I find myself constantly checking out my Facebook feed, and when I'm out and about and have some down time I do the same. The Facebook app for BlackBerry isn't the greatest, but it does what it needs to (for me at least). I can check my feed, update my status and post photos of kittens all day long. 

More information/download of Facebook for BlackBerry

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Adam's most-used BlackBerry Apps of 2011


Hey Adam that image is too small for the 9900.

Edit: It stretches fine however when assigned as the wallpaper.

Not ScoreMobile, huh? I nominate it for honorable mention on both BB and PB. Excellent app for sports followers.

Scoremobile is great for getting info quickly - but doesn't the archaic scrolling/touch screen responsiveness drive you nuts? People rave about the app, and I use it for a lack of a better alternative, but I think it's the least advanced app on my BB.

so tru! and they seem to not have bb in-mind for updates either. the iphone version is miles ahead of wat we have on bb.

I have to agree with you. Scrolling makes it impossible for me to make this app usable. I hope they migrate it to cascades, even a web full html5 version could be faster. Come on, developers, you have the content, it only needs to be smoother.

The app s awesome, period. The Score's objective, on tablet, mobile or tv is to get you information quickly, that's it. They are one of the few devs. that consistantly upgrade for playbook, and the calendar integration on their mobile app is awesome. I find the app pretty reaponsive myself, there is some lag, yes, but that might be the app updating (on pb i have noticed that the displayed score is sometimes behind the score summary).

Evernote is lovely, I use it, but the Playbook version is disgusting. It is a real embarrassment comapred to the Android version (thank god for the dev os).

Ps, pardon my spelling, my playbook doesn't seem to have spellcheck...

Incase some of you have not noticed. The title says ADAMS most used apps. Obviously he didnt use ScoreMobile that often...

Scoremobile is the "best" sports app on the blackberry because frankly it's the only one.. but if you really want to talk about what the best sports app is it's hands down either NBA Game Time (which they have not yet released for the 2011-2012 NBA season, not sure if they even will) and At Bat 11

I find the new Facebook Messenger better than the complete Facebook app. I know it doesn't do the same things .. but still.

Curiosity ... do you know why it's not in the app world, only direct download (messenger) ?

Nice list btw, discovered Leave It On!

This just goes to show how different every user is. Besides Facebook I have none of those apps on my BB.

I rarely pay for apps (desperate times call for frugal measures)... Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and BerryWeather are probably my most used. Bazinga!

Thanks for the list. I am looking anew at Evernote. Are you paying for the premium service? If so, how is it better in your experience?

I *want* to love Evernote on my Torch 9800 but I find the performance rather poor compared to other platforms. I'm surprised it made Adam's list.

I feel Evernote makes the list moreso because of the integration across multiple platforms as opposed to the BlackBerry application itself. I know that's the reason I enjoy it so much.

Same here, the seamless synchronization of all my lists/notes is a definite plus. DropBox does the job, but it's BB app has limited functionality.

On Evernote I can update lists or add things to do when I'm at work on my laptop. BB is my primary for work & home, while the iPhone is used at home. so everything's synched & nothing is missed, regardless of which phone I have.

It is interesting to read about apps that others find useful. i dont use any of those on Adam's list. BB Newsreader is my most used. Besides some bb blogs, like this one, it keeps me up to date with many news, sports, technology and hobbies (love that Car and Driver is available here!).

I just downloaded the trial of Leave it On and it looks cool but would be much better if it was full screen not just half screen, or am i missing something

I can't believe none of you mentioned Poynt. Several apps don't exist on my phone due to how much Poynt does and best off it is free.

Agree, Poynt rocks!!! Love News, Podcasts, and BB Traffic too! BBM is amazing and so is Twitter.

Above all, Google Sync is a must have for me!!! Unlike RIM's Google Synchronization, Google Sync handles multiple calendars. I can't do without my calendar, so this is my #1!

foursquare, bebuzz (depend on that to know whether or not its worth walking to my celly lol.) and now blackberry bridge

Leave It On is the first app I've paid for because the freebie was so beast, well worth the $2.99, so many extra features available. Second FB, & I also rock Poynt, would be lost without it-honorable mention has to be Advanced Calls LED control due to what it does, especially for free.

1. Bridge- Can't live and say enough about this app! Although it needs more refinement so we can use the apps thru the bridge but some actually do work. 2. ScoreMobile- I love checking out the scores specially whenin a meeting and I can't watch the game...I can pretend I'm looking at a an update about work. 3. Social Feeds- with this app I got rid of blackberry news feeds since this app does it for me and even updates me on my FB feeds. 4. Fandango- Love it! 5. Yahoo Messenger 6. BBM 7. Bible- Love it! 8. Nobex Radio 9. Worldmate- Def can't do without this one 10. PageOnce- And this one for sure! Please note there is no specific order but these are my top apps.

Same for me except one very big omission, SMS Bridge. send and receive sms from Playbook. its a must have app for all Playbook users.