We go hands on with Poynt for BlackBerry 10

By James Richardson on 2 May 2013 01:49 pm EDT

Poynt has been a huge app for BlackBerry for many a year. We recently told you that it is now available for BlackBerry 10 (Z10 & Q10) and as a free download it really is one of those 'must have' apps on your device.

The app is currently an Android port but seems to work just fine for me. The only downside I can see is that when you select to view a location on a map it opens up Google Maps in the browser. It would be nicer with a native version so we can jump into BlackBerry Maps and have access to navigation if required.

But as you will see from the above video the app serves it purpose and serves it well.

Full features of Poynt include:

  • Movies – search by theater, movie, top 10 or genre; add theaters to favorites; sort by name or rating; view trailers; view Rotten Tomatoes rankings; add to calendar; send details to contacts; buy movie tickets
  • Restaurants – Search by name, cuisine type or nearby; click-to-call; get directions; view website; view hours and prices; reserve a table
  • Gas Prices (US/UK/Canada ONLY) – view best prices by grade or stations nearby; click-to-call; get directions; view station amenities; send details to contacts
  • Events – search by category, venue, performer, event or nearby; get directions; send details to contacts; add events to calendar
  • People – lookup by name or reverse lookup by phone number or address; click-to-call; get directions; send details to contacts
  • Businesses – search by name; get directions; click to call; add  details to contacts - Offers (US ONLY)- Find Offers nearby or by keyword

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We go hands on with Poynt for BlackBerry 10


Great app with a tonne of features. Looking forward to it! Keep them coming!

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Disappointed its Android. I was expecting a native. Just not a top notch app anymore.

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This is true for me as well but I cant map something to native maps because it is an Android port and that makes this app a bust IMO.

One thing that some of you might not know; 'back button' is a swype from the bottom at 30 degrees to the left

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I thought you were kidding but it actually works, thanks.

Clicking the button on the upper left is an alternative.

Good tip, though it's much easier to just swipe along the bottom bezel from roughly the middle of the "BlackBerry" logo to the left edge.

Posted via CB10 & loving it!

Loved it on my Storm2 and missed it on the Z10 until now! Downloaded and works like a dream. Android port? Don't mind that at all cause it does what it does so well.

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Was definitely hoping for map integration after missing that in the sideloaded android port. A little disappointing.

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A company can be in bankruptcy and still operate. The airlines do it all the time and you can still fly them. It's a way to dig out of debt for companies that are poorly operated or just not making it sales-wise. Just use the app, if the company actually closes the app would then cease to work.

i think its a good thing it opens the google maps web browser instead of the bb maps. from what I've read (as far as z10 bb maps goes) and experienced on bb maps for my 9900, its pretty bad.

The version for BBOS allowed you to select what app to use for mapping.

Is that not true anymore?

BlackBerry Maps is A LOT better than it was on BBOS. In addition, Google Maps works but doesn't always play nice on the Z10. Preferably, a future update of this app would let you CHOOSE which one you want to use like the older app did.

Posted via CB10 & loving it!

If you have Google maps side loaded on the phone you can select it open rather than using the browser in poynt.

Posted via CB10

Working great! Loved it on Legacy still loving it on BB10.

Posted Securely Via My BlackBerry Z10.

Add to address book fills in only the phone number and nothing else? what gives. Also if you have google maps side loaded it will give you that as an option when getting map or directions. Seems like a good start but needs some more work.

I agree that the add to address was one of the most useful features. Now it only adds the phone number. Needs work for sure. :(

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If you have Google maps side loaded then it will give you the option to open that instead of the browser when you need to use navigation.

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Yea this seems to be a problem with many of the apps I've downloaded. I don't get it. Maybe they use the info for some ad or promotion targeting.

I always see negative reviews in BlackBerry World to the likes of "Why do you need to access my blah blah blah data?"

There was a post on this a while back it has to do with how blackberry gives out permissions. The app may not need access to your photos but certain operations that it needs to function are under that category. The developer doesn't have the granular options that they used to when selecting what is required to run the app.

Except this isn't Poynt for BlackBerry 10, it's just Poynt the Android port. I have to say I'm disappointed that they didn't make this one native considering how big it was on legacy BlackBerry OS.

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hard to find the resources to build a native app when they have no capital to do so.

I'm suprised to even see an app, they went bankrupt earlier.

I've always found GasBuddy to be more accurate than Poynt for gas prices. Users don't contribute to updating the prices like GB, so I believe it is the actual station itself updating this and they are always delayed or outright lying as to the actual price. I also hate when they post the "cash only" price or the price if you buy a car wash which I've run into on Poynt more than once.

Tried adding a couple of places to contacts and all it did was open contacts didn't add them. Hopefully it's updated soon. Always been a favorite.

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This doesn't seem to be the same Poynt I knew on my Storm 2. A couple of searches came back with no results: schools and Subway restaurant. Had to use Yellow Pages app.

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I use this app often on my 9930. I almost always access it from the home screen using universal search and the fact that this isn't possible right now on the Z10 is pretty disappointing. I wonder if being an Android port is the reason.

I have Waze installed it And it let's me launch that for mapping. Problem was that Waze can't seem to find the address...

So close yet so far...

Posted via CB10 on my Commodore 64

After having this on my PlayBook its strange that they went droid port for it.
Haven't been able to find any movies near by, and in all honesty that's the reason I always used it so i hope that fixes itself.

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Port or not, I still like Poynt. It comes in handy at times. I just wish it was updated more often. There are restaurants listed that actually went out of business over 4-years ago. So I recommend verifying results.

I've always been a big fan of Poynt, and I'm very happy that there is a BlackBerry 10 app (ported or not) for it... 
One question, when an app is in BlackBerry World, how do we know if it is an Android port or not?

The app for legacy BBOS looks better because, it had the carousel icon view and the weather was reflected in the background of screen. Also, does the port allow you to pair with Playbook?

Looks nice but doesn't work all that well in my area. It failed to find anything within 10km of where I am.

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I have not used it much yet but have not had any problems. The few searches returned reasonable locations. The screen mentioned that Poynt was using yellow pages for the results. The gas prices showed many locations ordered by cheapest - results were taken from Gas Buddy into Poynt. The mapping did not seem to work with Waze - it started Waze but the search result did not appear within Waze.

Love Poynt! Used it today when out and about, and I agree, some of the restaurants listed were out of business; and after spending probably ten minutes looking at restaurants, mapping them, and checking out their websites, the battery got pretty hot. But I love the app!

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Compared to Waze this app is much better, I'm not having as many issues as other people have said. They seemed to have optimized it for BB10 even though it's a android port.

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This is a huge downgrade from the prevoius versions on the legacy devices. Its missing Pairing! The Coolest part about Poynt used to be the Playbook Pairing.

This app is terrible. In fact I don't think I will download anymore android ports anymore. The app wouldn't open and then crashed. Not worth my time. It's lazy to not create a native app. Shame on the developers at poynt.

The app actually works pretty well for me. It's not as slick as the PlayBook version but not bad for a port which I generally avoid. Such a good service though that I had to try it. I give it 3 stars with a full point deduction for not being native and another point not providing full functionality. Still, not bad for a port.

I'm getting really tired of hearing about these great apps and then the bomb gets dropped. Its an Android that has to be ported.

Has anyone run into the problem of their GPS starting to run even though you've closed pint? Since install I've seen several times where with no other location services required or open the gps symbol is on my home screen. This has only started happening since I've installed Poynt.

Posted via CB10 with my Z10

until this goes native i won't download it. good job Poynt, but not good enough. you've been showing the love for BB users for years by developing your app in BB's native but why didn't you develop the same for BB10??

As I have mentioned before, BlackBerry should purchase this from the company that now owns it. Then they should proceed to integrate this with BlackBerry 10 and beef it up to make it a Google Now competitor.

Blackberry Faithful

If you have Waze or have side loaded Google maps, when you select directions you can pick one of them to guide you to your chosen destination

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Awesome app been using it since it was ever available on my bold 9000 5 yrs now

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Waiting for native. I do not pit any Android apps on my blackberry device. Android can keep their laggy software to themselves.

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I love Poynt. Now that I have it installed on my Z10 I realize how many of my old favorites are still missing.

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