E-Mobile Preview for BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 17 Mar 2009 09:59 am EDT
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E-Mobile Preview

Alright folks, just when you thought they've stopped popping up on CB, I'm back with one more. Yes, one more notification application before the final showdown. To be honest, I've enjoyed testing out this and similar applications, as I've found this type of solution to be one of the most useful, in my opinion. The fellow BlackBerry Users and Abusers I've spoken with seem to agree with me and it's only fair to present these apps and see which one comes out on top.

Without further adieu, let me present the fourth and final contender in the battle for the title of Pop-up Powerhouse; e-Mobile Preview.

With e-mobile Preview, you are given a glance at not only what you could be missing, (email and SMS messages) but what you actually have missed (missed calls that is). E-Mobile Software already has an impressive array of applications in its utility belt, so let's see how e-Mobile Preview handles its turn at bat. Get it? Utility belt? Bat?.....ok..moving on....

Once you pop, you just can't stop!

e-Mobile Preview is available on BlackBerrys running OS 4.2 and higher. Taking a look at the CrackBerry App Store, the compatible BlackBerrys list as follows; Bold, Pearl, 8800, Curve and 8700 series.

After downloading the application from the CrackBerry App Store, I head to my downloads folder check out e-Mobile Preview's icon and menu. Hey.. wait just a second! Where's the e-Mobile Preview icon?! As I read in the forums, I wasn't the only one who couldn't see it. The truth is, the application doesn't have an icon! To access the menu, head over to either your native call log or message folder. After opening one of these, press the menu button and at the top, its secret door is revealed. Click Preview Option and you are redirected to its options menu. Let's take a look at this later on, while we focus on what the application can do.

e-Mobile Preview will generate a pop-up notification when an incoming email, SMS is received or if you have missed a call. Here's how the messages appear on your BlackBerry;

Emails

The pop ups for emails will display the contact name or email address, the subject and a small portion of the body. If you have assigned an image to the sender, the image will display as well. Below the message are three buttons; Open, Delete and Dismiss. After you open the message, you can manage the message as you typically do (reply, forward, etc). Delete will only remove the message from you messages folder. Pressing Dismiss only removes the pop up- your LED will still blink red and you will still see the new message icon on your screen.

E-Mobile Preview
incoming email

SMS

In this type of message, the notification will show the assigned image, the contact's name or number and a brief look at the body. Here, you can either open the message or dismiss the pop up.

E-Mobile Preview
incoming text

Missed Calls

This was a little confusing for me. Having purposely missed a few calls from my wife, (sorry baby, but it was for the good of the CrackBerry Community!) the pop up didn't behave exactly how I thought it would. My BlackBerry would display the standard "You have 1 new missed call, View and Close" notification. When I choose view, I am both redirected to the call log and presented with the e-Mobile Preview pop up I should have received before. Choosing Close, the e-Mobile Preview pops up. From this pop-up, I can call the person back with a push of a button or dismiss the call.

By default, the pop ups will display for 30 seconds, but you can change the duration to 15, 45, 60 seconds or until you dismiss it. For this, you have to head back to the application's Options Menu. Besides changing the pop up duration, you can also choose to enable or disable the backlight, vibration or even the application itself. Although you cannot change the look of the pop up, I found everything except the buttons easy to read.

E-Mobile Preview
one missed call...

Conclusion

e-Mobile Preview did a decent job of notifying me of messages and missed calls, but I felt it could do more. I would like to see some sort of spam blocker included, but then again E-Mobile Software does have other applications to help you out. Cost wise, it's on the higher end of the pop up spectrum, ringing in at $12.95 in the CrackBerry App Store. With this in mind, they do need to add more features in order to keep up with the pack. Sadly, there's no free trial available.

Pick up your copy of e-Mobile Preview here.

Pros

  • respond to text and emails right from the notification
  • select the pop up duration
  • easy to read font

Cons

  • limited options
  • missed call pop up awkwardly placed
  • no free trial?!!!

Purchase

24 comments

zarzamora_hermosa

So, which one of these Pop-up Notification apps is ultimately the best one?

Ryan Blundell

The side by side by side by side comparison will be up soon !!

ayo_ari

i think it's great. might be a tad bit annoying sometimes, but its nice to have that pop up alert. :]

gameboy213

That is the killer selling point of PeekAWho and why I use that and not the cleaner looking Azire. I want to choose what apps do NOT show the pop up. You didn't mention if this was an option with this one.

Ryan Blundell

With e-Mobile Preview, your options are limited. You cannot select which apps will show the pop up, you can only enable or disable the application.

cexshun

Instant DQ. No free trial, I won't even consider it in any way shape or form. The review could come back and say this app gives you free beer and a ticket into heaven. I don't care. No trial, instant disqualification. Get this crap out of here. It's time we stand up to these developers that pull this crap.

ldcmobile

I think RIM should buy one of these companies and make it a standard feature

redsoxrocker

i can't believe there's no free trial... i'm not willing to pay $13 for an app i haven't tested out...

Pep01

They should at least give you a free trial to see if you'll going to like it.

papped

1 - No free trial is a big red flag...
2 - They lost a ton of users on this alone, unless they don't want anyone to see the app first (refer to #1)
3 - $13 is a rip off compared to every competitor

MarkY#AC

$13 for a pop-up application with no free trial? Good luck to the developer.

Most of E-Mobile software is waaaaaaaay overpriced.

sparkomatic

I gotta agree with the others here. With that high price and no trial, it just doesn't make sense. I actually like the look of the app but the other killer for me is the lack of choosing which apps trigger the notification. I'm sure this could be fixed in a future release but cost-wise, with the other three being cheaper, I think they'll lose alot of buyers without a trial.

tsells

I would try to compare it, but with no trial all I can say is Message Peek is great!

blperks2

You have to ask yourself why a company would develope a software, market it and not offer a Free Trial! BIG RED FLAG. Secondly the price is way above its competition. Big Looooosssseeerrrr for me. This will not be a recommendation to my company.

DonnyG2

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.......guess who? peek-a-who!

carolynblack

I still am a fan of Peekawho over and others. I wish the pop up picture was larger but the spam blocker makes up the difference. I love the spam blocker. This E-mobile just sounds too generic.

Slingbox

Help Wanted
Developer looking for BB beta testers , Those that want to pay 12.95 will be able to work out issues with app.
You will be able to install many builds till app works correctly ,There will be battery pulls galore to be enjoyed so no worries ,you will get your moneys worth.

Crackberry.com ,I'm over developers ripping us off ,you should require them to make 7 day trial available or not sell on this site.

Phil C

12MaNy

I think there was some kind of error on the download page. There was no trial and the price was something like $13. Might wanna get that fixed......Lol

Pffft...come on! No self respecting smartphone user on the planet is gonna buy a pop up app without being able to try it out let alone pay that much for it. Waaaaaaaake uuuuuuuuuup!!!!

jsaphoto

your kidding right no free trial

Chris stormy

I can't believe that CB is even doing a review on this! It doesnt look like it does anything close to the others out there, there is no trial and they are charging WAY too much for the utility.

I'll pass!

mikkit74

I made the error of buying e-mobile professional going only by the specs to find the software simple and lacking. My biggest beef was that other apps had free trials (btw, tried them all) and I found one that was in my eyes far superior and offered extra features at no additional costs (pocketday) such as world clock, weather. Got my money back after exchanging emails.

Moral of story; an app is over 10 bucks with no Free Trial=NO WAY I am buying it.

P.S. It baffles me why e-mobile professional has 4 stars and pocketday still had 3 stars even after I gave it an excellent review.

Gorcho

but too much money for that limited features