A selection of handy apps all within Gadget Box for BlackBerry 10

By James Richardson on 24 Feb 2013 04:18 pm EST
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Do you fancy having an emergency stash of useful apps in your BlackBerry 10 smartphone? Gadget Box is well worth checking out. It's kind of like having a Swiss Army Knife in your handset. The app is made up of eight useful gadgets - some for everyday use and some for when you may be in an emergency situation. They are all pretty cool though.

Lets start with the flashlight. This is something we have seen on BlackBerry for a long time. This version though also has strobing built in and using the adjustable bars on screen you can adjust from a long flash to a quick burst. Maybe handy for signalling where you are or if your car breaks down at night.

Next up is a protractor. I'm never going to use this feature but clearly some people will or it wouldn't be in the app. Then we have a unit converter. There are twelve options for units here ranging from weight to speed. A handy tool to have on your BlackBerry for sure.

We have a compass already on BlackBerry 10 but there is also one in the Gadget Box too. Where things get a little more interesting is that you can activate the native BlackBerry Maps app from the compass and have the two running as one - clever stuff.

I'm a big fan of using a speedometer on my Blackberry while I'm driving and the one in the Gadget Box is pretty sweet. You have two options for viewing the display - one with just numbers and one with some extra graphics which look like a car speedo. It works perfectly I am pleased to say.

Using morse code is not something I'm likely to use but if I was stuck up a mountain It may come in useful. I'm not going up a mountain though! Using it is simple - just key in the text you need and press play. As well as the BlackBerry making the morse sound it also uses the camera flash.

Last but not least is the height feature. This is probably the most clever within the app. If you need to measure something but don't have a tape measure you can use the app. It utilises the camera application and so you point the camera at one edge of the item you wish to measure, take a reading and then do the same at the other end. Gadget Box then asks your approximate distance from the subject and then gives you the result. This feature is really impressive so kudos to the developer.

Gadget Box will set you back $1.99/£1.50 and if you think it would be a handy app to have in case you ever need it I would highly recommend it. It's certainly staying on my Z10.

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A selection of handy apps all within Gadget Box for BlackBerry 10

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Hey, I'm the dev of Gadget Box, and i appreciate the review!

I just want to point out that there are lots of features and settings to explore in the app, so take your time to poke around! :)

For example, in the compass, you can drop GPS markers and later on activate them to have the compass show you distance and direction to the marker (which also works for geocaching, which i've tried out)...also, there is a cool (IMO) map view for the compass that will put your activated marker on a map that will tilt and rotate with your phone (or not! there's settings for that too!).

Also, check out the other level views, flashlight view, settings for the speedometer etc etc etc. (swipe down for the settings menu to see all the stuff you can mess with! There are settings for a lot of stuff, and more features on the way!)

In short, thanks for the good review James! Cheers, and BB for life! :)

Wow thank you for making this app! Seems like an awesome app and will be added to my list of apps to purchase/download as soon as I get my Z10(US)!

RIMs-Pegasus-2012
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I loved this App and downloaded immediately when I saw it's Swiss Army Knife like uses...

Particularly caught my attention was the ability to log in multiple sites on the Compass feature...beats out the Car Finder app..as one can set multiple targets (eg.geocaches)... or if cycling one could put waypoints...as well as lock in an emergency site if going for help in the woods (or just campsite when hiking)...

On the Cycling Point...having the speedometer running...IT WOULD BE A GREAT ADD-ON to have a built in RINGER when passing pedestrians on paths...so the Z10 could become your handlebar dashboard...with speed, distances logged, etc...even a night light...

A little tweeking here and there and I think you have the makings of a perfect instrument dashboard thanks to Z10 multi-tasking; music player, bell ringer, flashlight (when caught in the dark), trip logger and who knows what else once you start applying it to in this configuration...

Sure to be a hit with cycling enthusiasts

A must have app...

Also, if you're using it for cycling, you can change the numbers on your speedometer dial, so that the top end is not 150 km/h, but something more reasonable for a cyclist, like 35 - 45 km/h instead.

Good ideas for the waypoints and whatnot. As i cyclist myself, i don't know if the ringer would be loud enough for a pedestrian, but it's worth investigating! Distances traveled is already on the roadmap for the speedo ;)

RIMs-Pegasus-2012
arising from the ashes with a new song

I just realized I used the wrong flashlight app but you can incorporate something like this...

I put these 3 apps all on at same time...

1) JaredCo Flashlight using the Blackberry Video Light
2) Music full volume background - thus a ringer feasable (button on your menu screen or always accessible in compass/map mode)
3) Your Speedo set to 45 KM max - switchable to compass and Map mode...(the angling map effect was very interesting...but had trouble expanding it's size - zoom shut it down)

Worked for me...a workable dashboard in the making...
MY MISTAKE...IT WAS YOUR FLASHLIGHT...using LED LIGHT...
(however , it shuts off when using the Compass/Map mode.. so that feature could be accomodated)

You have so many hidden settings it's hard to remember them...

Dude, this rocks! The height/range finder alone is arguably worth the price on its own.

Nicely done. Goes right on my main Page.

Thanks, very kind of you. I'll keep the price as is though; people tend to appreciate value more than price-gouging ;)

Glad you mentioned the geocaching use case. I've recently taken an interest in the subject, and this app may alleviate the need for a separate GPS device. Will give it a try soon hopefully!

It's now on my wish list for when I get a Z10 ! It'd be very cool if it, using the camera app, could receive Morse code and translate it too! It'd be a whole nutter type of communication our Berries could do!

Actually, a friend of mine has an some open source morse interpretter code that i'm planning on incorporating, but i'm not yet ready to merge it :) It's on the todo-soon list.

I think this is a great box of tools crammed into one app. This will be one of the first payed apps I buy.

Thanks Gadget Box

Amazing App , Totally worth it .
I love the compos and map , pretty accurate and good to amaze friends and iphone holders :p
I wish the updates keep coming and to add some weird stuff like Metal detector would be kewl for engineering ppl like me , Pips behind walls :p.

wow 3 items we already have with the phone linked with some items we will never used all thrown into one app we have to pay for

crappy

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