BlackBerry Apps

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

BlackBerry Apps

Tweetings for Twitter released for BlackBerry 10 devices

Contests

Enter to win a free copy of CAMultimate Camera Tools for your OS 6/7 BlackBerry!

BlackBerry Apps

Need a GTD organizer to sort out your to-dos? Check out Wise Tasks for BlackBerry smartphones

PlayBook Apps

Instantly shuffle your music library with Next Songs for the BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry Apps

Keep tabs on Saint Nick and countdown to Christmas with Santa Tracker

PlayBook Apps

Files and Folders for PlayBook updated to v6.0 - Adds built-in streaming media player, bug fixes and more!

PlayBook Apps

Chronicle your ideas and memories with A Day in Life - Journal for the BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry Apps

Want BBM on your PC? You can with Blurts for BlackBerry smartphones

BlackBerry Apps

Photo Studio updated to v1.1.13 for BlackBerry and BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry Apps

BeWeather update brings BBM integration

BlackBerry Apps

Bring the comic book to the real world with Blips for BlackBerry smartphones

BlackBerry Apps

Help Me (FREE ) for Blackberry Smartphones – Emergency Siren Device with Auto SMS and GPS locator

BlackBerry Apps

ZonaSnap updated to v2.4.2 adding filters, frames, and editing to your screen captures

BlackBerry Apps

Fancy using your touchscreen as a phone keypad? You can with easyDial for the BlackBerry Bold

BlackBerry Apps

Chimpantech releases two new photo editing applications for BlackBerry smartphones

PlayBook Apps

Files and Folders updated to v5.1 - adds SkyDrive support, better Google Drive, UI enhancements and more!

PlayBook Apps

Newspile for the BlackBerry PlayBook updated to v1.1.1

BlackBerry Apps

Impress your friends with witty updates with Status Shuffler for BBM

News & Rumors

i-Mentalist adds Ferringo Sound Design and releases FUZZengine API to developers

< >

Review: Cram for BlackBerry Smartphones

By Ryan Blundell on 28 Jul 2008 01:08 am EDT
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...

Cram

Okay folks, if there are any children in the room, cover their ears. No, wait, this is text. Cover their eyes! I'm about to say a bad word. And there's nothing you can do about it.

School.

There, I said it. At this time of year, it's probably the worst thing to say in front of a student. There's no choice in the matter. You see, I simply have to share this application with you. It'll actually make school easier. Cram brings your flash cards to life and to your BlackBerry. The application permits you to create and share as many tests and/or questions as the BlackBerry can handle.

Cram, from SimpleLeap Software LLC, promises to keep your brain sharp, whether your needs are educational or business related. Now let's crack open the books and turn to the next page. The lesson is about to begin. Pay attention, or you may have to pull an all nighter just to keep up!

Create. Study. Ace

Cram is available for the 87xx, Pearl, Curve, and the 88xx (and probably the Bold too). As you can see by the picture, the menu is short and sweet. You see the options to create or import a test.

Cram
Have you studied?

With Cram, you can either create your tests directly on your BlackBerry or import them. I created a free account on SimpleLeap's site and was able to upload my tests there. For best results using the import method, make sure you first create your test in plain text format. If you don't, the test may not transfer completely. On your BlackBerry, after selecting import, you are prompted to enter your login and password you use on the site. You are then given a list of your tests to select and download. This method also makes it easy to share tests with fellow Crammers. Email them your formatted test, and they can follow the import method.
Even SimpleLeap admits "typing a few dozen questions is no fun task on a mobile device". That's why the ability to import deserves 2 thumbs up.

For best results in creating a test in text format:

1. Place your question on a single line.
2. On the very next line insert your answer choices, with each on their own line (up to 5 answer choices)
3. Denote the correct answer by placing two asterisks (**) before the answer.
4. Finally, insert a blank line following the last answer choice.
5. Repeat this process for adding additional questions

With each test, you can choose to make the questions random for an extra challenge. That way, you don't start answering questions correctly, simply by remembering the answer pattern. Once finished, your tests are listed on the main screen. Even after you have constructed a test, using either method, you can still edit the questions and answers or delete the test entirely. At this point you can take the test or study, which every good student should do (yes, I'm talking to you in the back). Highlight a test and select Study Guide. You will see all of the questions in front of you, without the answers. If you just can't seem to remember the answers, you have help right at the bottom. Select the Show Answers and they pop up under each question.

Cram
keep the question up to date and the answers correct

Cram
last chance to study before you ace the test

Alright, close your books, it's time for a pop quiz! Ah, the collective groan of 200,000+ CrackBerry members. At the top of the test screen, is a running count of the questions you have answered. The application allows you to skip ahead and then go back to a question you are stuck on. Cram creates fields to highlight before each answer. Click the trackball on your choice and click next.

Heads up, BlackBerrys down, the test is over. Click "complete" and your results are revealed. At the top, your percentage and number of questions answered correctly are shown. Below you will see a √ or an X before each question, depending on how you faired. If you answered right, your answer is shown. If you got a question wrong, you will see your answer and the correct one.

Cram
almost perfect...and I knew that answer too!

Once you have completed your tests, you are now able to view your Test History. A list detailing the number of attempts will be available, showing the date, time and score. Select a specific date and you will see the results. Think of the Test History as a way to learn from your mistakes or perfect upon perfection.

Final Score

Cram
anyone know the answer?

The possibilities are huge with this application. Cram can be utilized for learning a foreign language, job training material, vocabulary, most school subjects, or just for kicks. The application stores your tests using the in device memory, so be careful how many tests you keep on hand. In this case, import tests based on the progress of your current semester. Load up your Berry with some fun trivia and share it with your friends, see who knows more useless facts than you do! I prefer to import my tests over typing them out on the Berry. SimpleLeap offers Cram on a healthy 14 day trial, afterwards you can pick it up for $19. I give Cram a passing grade, unlike the rest of you. Take your tests home and have your parents sign them.

Pros

  • easy to use interface
  • importing tests quickly and easily
  • perfect study buddy

Cons

  • uses in-device memory

Download

Reader comments

Review: Cram for BlackBerry Smartphones

5 Comments

great app, i used to hate flashcards bc they were so boring, but now that i have a little quizz app on my berry which i never get tired of, getting through studying will be a lot easier. GENIUS!!

They should call it cheat. That would be the easiest way to cheat on a biology exam ever. I picked the wrong field of study!

Very cool, Just what I could use on my Blackberry, I can study for my Cisco/I.T. Certs on the go :) . Just started using this, very solid app.