Review: QuickBubble for BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 14 Aug 2010 09:44 am EDT
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QuickBubble

Take a second and think about how many times you’ve found yourself in the middle of something and you realize your forgot to do something else. The problem is you don’t want to necessarily stop what you’re currently doing either. At best, you want to take a brief moment to pause and complete the remembered job. What do you normally do in this case? Put in as little effort as possible; minimize the impact it has on what you really want to do. The same goes for your BlackBerry; you’re busy catching up on Twitter when you need to create a memo. What do you do?

Floating into the scene is QuickBubble. This bubble wants to make your BlackBerry pop with features that include popup shortcuts to key native tools (email, calendar, etc) and popups for incoming email or text messages. Will QuickBubble offer enough pop to stay on top? Will it only end up getting blown away? Let’s take a look.

About QuickBubble

QuickBubble was developed by HandRapid who has also came up with applications such as BBAssistant, TinyLock and ReDialer. In order to use QuickBubble, your BlackBerry should be running OS 4.5 or higher. Recently updated to version 1.2.4, the application has a file size of 120.8 KB.

QuickBubble aims to serve two functions; new message notification and provide shortcuts to creating messages and other content. Through this application you are a couple of clicks away from creating a new contact, calendar entry, note, task or email.

QuickBubble select pop
hey! Why can I not select a Coke Zero?!

To access these options, you have to open the menu and select QuickBubble. A popup appears with the previously mentioned options to choose from. From here, you can either scroll left and right through the options, or use the assigned keyboard shortcut (ie: e for email). This I found confusing, as I didn’t see the point for the keyboard shortcuts at all; the popup was small enough to easily scroll. The shortcuts also didn’t work outside of the popup, meaning I have to select QuickBubble from the menu first. According to the setting menu, you should also be able to generate the popup with another keyboard shortcut, which doesn’t work. If I assigned the P key to open QuickBubble, I would instead see “QuickBubble” in the menu change to “P_QuickBubble”. After speaking with QuickBubble, they said this option is only used to help find QuickBubble from the menu list.

QuickBubble settings menu
Settings Menu

The popups for email, memo and such were easy to manage, just like the native PIM tools. I did have a problem with not being able to access my address book to choose who to send it to- I had to enter the email address in manually.

QuickBubble compose email
compose email pop up, you cannot access your address book

QuickBubble also provides popup notification for incoming email and SMS. With email, you can reply, forward, mark as read, delete and preview the message. With SMS, you can simply reply. You are also able to edit your call log using QuickBubble. To access this feature, you need to be on the call log screen. Select QuickBubble and the Log option appears, you can then create a note for a specific call log entry.

QuickBubble email popup
Pop!

Conclusion

I hate to burst QuickBubble’s…well, bubble, but I was not a fan of the application initially. At first I wasn’t able to receive email notifications at all, only SMS. They were however extremely quick to respond to concerns as the application was updated twice since I began to review it. A good number of features are not fully utilized, like keyboard shortcuts. I didn’t want to get soap in their eyes, but luckily the developers addressed most of these issues and were able blow a bigger and better bubble. I applaud them for their dedication to customer service. There is a free trial available if you want to try it out for yourself. If you decide to keep it, it’s currently on sale for $5.99 in the CrackBerry App Store.

Pros

  • simple solution for quick access to PIM
  • popup notification for email and SMS

Cons

  • poor keyboard shortcut implementation

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Reader comments

Review: QuickBubble for BlackBerry

11 Comments

The price of this app is way too high.

Most of these function are already in our BB. I think I have enough reminders (task, memo, calendar).

You mean to tell me, one has to "remember" someones email address(es)? Not being able to pull from your contacts is a major fail! Also, I agree with pipotobe, there are a few reminders available.

Excellent Review. However I've been working with Josh for a few weeks on this app and if your a 9550 Storm series user THIS APP WILL BRICK YOUR BlackBerry. Not after you've downloaded it. But the moment you do a battery pull/QuickPull you'll reboot into a black screen or your Carrier screen. Note: if you find yourself in this position, put your BB into "SAFE MODE" and remove the Application. Do another Reboot and your good to go. I'll gladly update this comment as soon as this issue is repaired. But this will cause some pretty sad customers if they're not educated on Safe Mode and happen to find themselves in said situation. Sorry but we won't post this App until the issue is fixed or 95xx support is removed from MobiHand Powered Stores.

How about we put the price at the beginning of the review? That way I can ignore the rest of the article. I'm reading and thinking that I could use something like this and then... BAM!! The outrageous price bombs the whole thing.

I have a feeling that knowing what an app can do and if it will be useful to them in how they use their device, is something that only a trial use will tell anyone.

Task Switching works for me, so even if the app were free, I think I'd stick with task switching myself.

I think this would be really helpful. I am computer technician and deal with alot of different tickets a day. Something like this program would help me remember those walk by tickets where people say "I know your busy but..." I can then stop and add a quick note to circle around and come back to this customer when im done. This has happened to me alot and can see the benefit of the app.