BugMe! for BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 29 Sep 2009 01:06 pm EDT

Oh precious notepad, what would I ever do without you? Well, I’d probably forget a substantial amount more than I already do. Some people are blessed with a sponge for a brain; they’re able to absorb and retain information quickly and easily. Then there are others like myself, who wish they could wring out those gifted sponges in order to mop up the knowledge and keep it in a bucket for future reference. This method is not only inefficient, but it’s also gruesome. Your BlackBerry smartphone, as you already know, has a note pad and task application under its hood. Keeping this in mind, there are also a number of applications you can download to help keep you on top of important dates, projects or whatever you struggle with. One of these applications you can turn to is BugMe!

BugMe! is part notepad, part task manager, part alarm and part nag. Together, these many parts make up an application that allows you to create reminder notes in a cinch. With BugMe!, you will find that you will be creating note and reminders more quickly and easily. Now instead of making a note to check out the review, why not just read it now?

About BugMe!

BugMe! has been seen on various Platforms for quite some time; from BlackBerry to Windows Mobile to Palm Treo & Centro. BugMe! is brought to you by ElectricPocket. With over 10 years of experience, ElectricPocket has produced other exciting applications, including: FlipSide, PhoneFace and Twitterlerts (just to name a few). The BugMe! application is available for BlackBerry smartphones running OS 4.2.1 and above. It is currently in version 1.0.1 and will take up 171.0KB.

The main menu upon start up for the first time
Create a new note

Despite the light hearted name, BugMe! is a no-nonsense application. It is without bells, whistles and shiny things. What it does have is determination to never let you forget. Notes are created, just as you would in MemoPad; except in this case, a note does not require you to input a title. Instead, the entire body will appear within the list of notes in the main menu. There is a drawback to this; the longer the note, the bigger the entry. You can see this below.

that's a biiiiiig note...

BugMe! will recognize if you have entered a phone number, website or email address, making them accessible from within the application. Rather than using Calendar or Tasks to create a reminder, you can use BugMe! to create an alarm. Oh great, now I have to spend time to set up the alarm right? Wrong! The application dishes out 8 preset alarm times for you to choose from. Buuuut, if you do have some time on your hands, there is an option to create a customized alarm; where you can set a start time/date and the repeat interval. When an alarm sounds, a pop up will generate. You can search through your notes just as you would in the MemoPad. Well, almost-there’s a small added step before you can initiate a search (pressing the F key). A thoughtful added feature is the ability to mark notes as urgent or complete. Doing so creates an icon before the title of the note, easily distinguishing important or finished notes from the rest. <

icons indicate the status of your notes

I’m impressed as to how well integrated BugMe! is. The application allows you to share your notes via email or SMS. If desired, you can also send a copy of a note to your calendar or task application. There’s even keyboard shortcut support and the ability to launch BugMe! from almost anywhere on your BlackBerry (no 3rd party apps so far).


Not everyone likes a nag, but in this case, you may change your mind. BugMe! is a simple application that offers powerful features. Having the best of memos, tasks and alarms rolled into one is an added bonus. BugMe! is definitely worth a try, so you can pick up the free “3 note” trial from the CrackBerry App Store. Once you are sold, you can purchase the application for only $2.99. Now who doesn’t want to be nagged? How about now?......now? ……NOW?.......now?


  • create notes and set alarms or tasks
  • incredibly well integrated


  • without titles, entire notes will display in the main menu

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BugMe! for BlackBerry


I agree a very handy application.

The one thing I can think of that it lacks is a customizable snooze. The alarm repeat option is great but is not a replacement for a customizable snooze. What I would like to see is a pop-up once I select snooze from the alert dialog which allows me to select the default snooze (which I set in preferences) and a few preset snooze times like 10, 15, 30 minutes. Now that would be truly powerful nagging!

The Con is right, it needs titles. Wonder if they'll update it to have that anytime soon. I'll stick to the default Tasks app for now.

It does have titles in version 1.0.1, however, the titles are optional.

If you use a title, only the title is displayed in the list. If you leave the title blank, the entire note is displayed in the list. If the title is the only text in the note it will display the title only, if there is additional text in the note field the title will be displayed with a ". . ." after it.

I think this is a perfect solution.


Thanks for the great review - which Twitterlerts alerted me to ;)

Just to explain, we made titles optional so you aren't forced to enter them when you don't want to - but in cases where you have a long note I'd definitely recommend using a title. If you set a title, then that is all that will show in the list view (along with ... to indicate there is more to see) so its easier to navigate.

Team BugMe!

This is all functionality that should just come on the BB. It sucks that I have to runs some paid 3rd party app in the background to get such simple functionality from my phone.

I'm very impressed initially and will compare this to Got 2 Pro and see which one I stay with. This one seems really good for those everyday and occasional tasks we all have. I think it's more convenient than the calender for non-meetings or appointments.

Luv that ex-wife comment. LOL

i am using the trial and right off the bat I'd like it to continue to bug me until I get task done. IE. Put a snooze on a task and have it keep alerting me every x amount of minutes.

This is just what I've needed! The "missing app" as it were. I've been using BugMe!+ for Palm OS in my Palm PDA for years (it's still one my most heavily used apps), and have needed something like this since I got my first BB. The integration with messages & PIMS is sweet! Thanks again, Electric Pocket!

How much crackberry.com has sold out.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this website is now nothing except pushing its storefront coupled with a forum.

I don't care about paid apps, and I'm sure many others as well. Why not speak about a free app every day? Not alot of them? Take the time and find them out. Why not review free apps?

Boy Genius has 1/4 the updates this site has, and doesn't just report on blackberries, but alas they have more news about new devices.

Have a look through the blogs and/or reviews. There have been quite a few free apps covered in reviews or simply shared in a post. Free apps are also available through the CrackBerry App Store. On top of that, we've covered apps not found in our store that were and weren't free.

If you feel that there is a particular app that should be reviewed, please let me know. I'd be more that happy to take a look and share. Like you, I love free apps but I don't have a problem paying for what I need.



i2hyphon, I am not trying to turn this into an arguement, but how do you expect the owners of Crackberry to keep the site running? How do you expect them to support their families?

I don't know about you, but I have learned tons about my blackberry due to this site.

Oh, and I downloaded this app and it's exactly what I have been looking for. Nice work !!! simple and to the point.

Are you sure that "many others" don't care about paid apps? Maybe it's just you and your buddies in the mail room.

This is the first site I go to when I get to my desk in the morning. It is an essential part of my day. The front page has loads of stories about things other than apps plus there is a recap at the end of the week that has paid apps and free apps.

And who could live without those wonderful videos of the Storm 2?? hehe.

Maybe you should go back and keep trying to figure out how to play games on your beloved Linux.

I traded in my Palm Treo (last year) for a BB Curve 8330 and have been a happy camper ever since. Since getting my BB I've rely on this site to learn about my BB Curve and all the wonderful apps (free and paid ones) for my BB phone. I also check out Crackberry every day to see what's new and what is coming down the road from RIM. I also found the forum very helpful in finding the answers to many of my questions about my BB phone. I am still learning many interesting things about this phone.

So....thank you Crackberry and keep up the good work!!!

I had BugMe on my Palm Treo and just loved it. I now am the proud owner of a BB Curve 8330 and glad to see BugMe is now available for my BB. I find the app very useful and simple. At first I had a problem trying to get the BugMe alarms to show up in my Profile app.....but...dahhhh.... (first rule of thumb do a battery pull) now they are showing up and the app is working very nicely. I did email tech support about the alarm problem and received one email from them....I replied back and never heard back from them. So much for tech support. But I did manage to solve my problem with the alarms. Great little app for a great small price.

It does not properly support the Storm's touchpad. Rather than directly touching an icon, you must "scroll" to the field you want and then select it.

This application needs to be updated to properly support the Storm.

It also does not support Landscape mode on the Storm.

All in all, if you have a Storm, look elsewhere.