BerryPopup for BlackBerry Review

CrackBerry Idol - Dan
By Kevin Michaluk on 14 Jul 2010 09:33 pm EDT

Review of BerryPopup for BlackBerry Smartphones

First off, BellShare does a great job at the applications that we all love, doesn't matter if we want the weather, a colored LED to notify us of a SMS, MMS or email account; BellShare has developed an application for that. They also have come up with some improvements with the Berry Popup application. While some don't feel the need for this app, others like myself have really enjoyed it and then are annoyed by little things that the app does. As with anything in life, nothing is ever perfect, just as maybe getting a newer OS seems cool doesn't mean that it necessarily going to be better, there is always something that people will complain about. Some of us are lazy and don't want to push the blackberry button to see which email we just received from which account and thanks to the kind people at Bellshare, they have an app for that. (sorry for the pun) I really do love using the Berry Popup for a quick glance to see if the email is spam or a call from that chick you just met. (could be the same thing)

BerryPopup for BlackBerry

One thing that is nice about any app is if you can personalize it. The font, for example the "marked open", "delete", etc on the top bottom, left, right or no icons at all. Personally I like mine on top, just for looks, makes no difference.

One option in the General Settings is "Auto-Dismiss" feature. Here you can select how long the pop up stays on the homescreen or if it remains on there until you dismiss it. One drawback is when you happen to have your phone locked and you get a message it unlocks the phone and doesn't lock itself again. (hello pocket dialing) You can have large font or default depend on what you prefer. There is even an option that if you don't want the whole message, you will just be notified of the person who just sent you the message.

BerryPopup for BlackBerry

It's nice, but if it's going to show you something, I would like to have the whole thing, not just a teaser. The popup screen is almost like your own email account, but a smaller screen, you can even open a link off of Berry Popup, whether it's an address on an email or phone number from a SMS message. I never got it to open to an address location, but there is the option. You can select it just like they were in their original email screens.

BerryPopup for BlackBerry

Also they say that you can have the profile picture on the home screen, but this is false. Berry Popup doesn't show the name or profile picture of the contact, but rather just the phone number and who honestly remembers phone numbers these days? If you do, give your self a pat on the back that you remember your mom's phone number. If you happen to get a SMS message, the way that I check out who it's from is to use the reply button. It directs you right to your threaded SMS conversation with that contact.

Another con is that normally when you want to delete a message you have the option to delete both in the email mailbox, on hand held or just cancel, while deleting the email in Berry Popup you do not get this option.

I have also noticed that before the phone actually receives the message the back light will turn on show the message even before the sound that you have selected to notify your messages goes off, almost 2-4 seconds difference.

All in all, I really do like this app, glad that I have it. Sure there are some drawbacks, but just like a free car it works and it does the job it's supposed to. When you purchase an app you hope to make life easier. Same thing why we all have Blackberries, it makes our lives easier. I like it and use it everyday and won't stop using it. If you want to pick a great app for not a lot of money that makes life easier, follow this link.

** This review was written as part of the CrackBerry Idol 2010 competition. Click for details. **

Reader comments

BerryPopup for BlackBerry Review


Kevin (aka Ryan Seacrest): Nice review Dan. And all the better to me considering you got it done the week of your wedding! You married a good lady - letting you participate in a time-consuming gig like CrackBerry Idol while the wedding vows are getting done is just awesome! Let's see what the judges had to say about your review.

CrackBerry Idol Judges

Dieter: Yo dawg, always make sure that you have a very clear, concise, and understandable description of what an app is and does at the very beginning of your written reviews! In general I found the written review a little hard to follow. Your video was much better - you have an engaging speaking voice that kept me interested.

Georgia: You have a great voice and presence in front of the camera, I was engaged all the way through the video. I would have liked it if you had gotten to know the application a bit more before you did the review. The written review needed a bit more attention. There were a few grammatical errors and I had a bit of trouble following your stream of thought. I do feel that your ease in front of the camera may be enough to bring you to the next round. Good luck!

Craig: For some reason I didn't get what this app did while watching your video review until somewhere near the end. The video was clear so at least I could follow you on the BB screen. Audio was on the soft side (had to crank the volume). Your written review was OK. It was clearer as to what the app does since you had screen shots. I think this is a difficult app to review since it has limited functionality but you made a good effort at it.

Coming from my Samsung instinct back to BB I really missed the popups displaying emails and sms messages but I eventually got used to just going to whatever folder had a new item. I downloaded this product and realized that it gets kind of annoying when you are typing and a pop up comes along interrupting you. I ended up realizing that I love how non intrusive the BB notifications come with the phone. I ended up muting it in everything except the home screen and love it set that way that way I don't get messed up when I am working on something.

The video was pretty good. I could definitely understand how it works after seeing the walk-through.

The write-up was goos, too, although you didn't mention file size, or the price of the app - a flaw for reviewing paid apps.

Other than, good review.

"Also they say that you can have the profile picture on the home screen, but this is false. Berry Popup doesn't show the name or profile picture of the contact, but rather just the phone number and who honestly remembers phone numbers these days?"

I love the app so please don't get me wrong. It does show the name, the pic, and the phone number.

LeaveItOn has replaced Berry PopUp for me. Don't get me wrong, BPU is a great app and I had it for a long time but LIO adds so much more in roughly the same footprint. Check it out!

BTW, I still have BerryWeather and BerryBuzz. Bellshare does make some great apps!

One thing I forgot to mention was that I wished it would pop up when you would get a message from BBM. And @brodcaster I am jealous, I wish that the picture would pop up but mine never did.
@PossumPete, I did have a trial of Leave it on and that would always freeze my 9630. Thanks to everyone that commented so far. I love the feedback!

i have pics of my contacts in my address book. but the ones stored in my sim, when i get a message from any of them - no pic and name appears.

Perhaps that's why no pic pops up in yours.

Hope that helps.

Enjoy the Day

i've watched all the videos and to be honest, i wasn't really impressed with any of the other idols. in fact i didn't even bother commenting on any of the other videos.

u have confidence and good intonation when u speak and that will carry u far. speaking is a skill some people need to work on, but it seems to come fairly naturally to u. there are times when hesitate or use fillers (uh, um) but i feel u are hands down the best presenter.

i'm not gonna bother reading ur written report (sorry) but looks like u wrote a good amount of info about the app.

good job dude, looking forward to ur next review.

does it still pop up while your in the middle of writing an email or texting? This single annoyance makes anything else good or bad about this app irrelevant. If I'm using my phone to do something, do not, for the love of god, interrupt me.


Listen.....I think we all understand that you're confident you have this contest "wrapped up" but please check your ego at the door. Also, I think we all get it that you're a DJ but you know what.... please leave the DJ voice in the studio. I swear if you get the job and we hear you talk like that all the time on the podcasts.... I will stop listening. You overdo it IMO.

Just sayin.


Thanks for all the feedback. @tincanfury it does actually pop up no matter what you are doing, but it doesn't freeze like Leave It On, sometimes it would get annoying if you would get 4 emails in a row. @Beerad, sorry bro I'm not normally arrogant, my wife when I told her your comment. I was just having some fun, I'm a joker. Ill tone it down:). Thanks again to all and also great reviews!