PC-Keypad is a new application from Afandi Apps
that is designed to be used in combination with your computer. Using a USB connection, you can use your computer keyboard to control your BlackBerry and navigate through menus, or to type messages and e-mails. PC-Keypad differs from similar apps in that your BlackBerry screen is not projected onto your computer screen, so you do need to be able to see your device screen to know what you're doing. Installation of the app is easy. There are two parts, the BlackBerry app and a PC app. Once installed, make sure you set all permissions to "allow" on your BlackBerry or PC-Keypad will not connect properly. The developer recommends using your PC keyboard like your BlackBerry keypad, for example using Alt + W for the number 1. However I find that you can use your PC keyboard normally, and it functions just as well.
PC-Keypad worked pretty well for me; it installed easily and did what it is supposed to do. I did experience a bit of lag at times and letters would trail to preceding words, so either I type too fast or it is a bug that needs worked out. PC-Keypad has a trial available so if you are unsure about purchasing you can try it out first. The trial is good for 10 uses, so that is ample time to get a good feel for how it works. Be warned though, the trial has a pop-up reminder that shows up frequently when the app is running. Of course, this doesn't happen with the purchased version of the app. Through October 18th, PC-Keypad is on sale for $4.99 (regularly $6.99) in the CrackBerry store
Contest: Afendi Apps was also kind enough to give us 50 copies of PC-Keypad to give away to our readers! To enter, simply leave a comment below. Winners will be chosen at random. Deadline to enter is midnight PST this Sunday!