Zen Minder for BlackBerry Smartphones Reviewed

By Ryan Blundell on 21 Jul 2009 07:18 am EDT

ZenMinder for BlackBerry Smartphones

Hello friends, how does today find you? Are you having a good day? Do you feel calm, focused and at peace? No? Well, what's the matter with you?! ...Sorry. Sometimes, we pick up and embrace new technology designed to make our lives easier, but when used improperly, the result may be the exact opposite. With great technology, comes great responsibility (not the original quote, but lets move on). And with that added responsibility, added stress typically follows. Now that you have greater connectivity in your hands, your company, family and friends have an even greater connection to you. You may find yourself busier than ever, forgetting to do the little things you used to along the way. Sure, you could set up reminders in your Calendar, but where's the fun in that? We are BlackBerry users gosh darn it!

Adding a softer side to keeping you on the ball, ZenMinder is the newest reminder application available for your BlackBerry smartphone. With ZenMinder, you can create and manage multiple reminders to gently guide you through your day. By utilizing this application, your responses to reminders should go from "Okay...OKAY!!" to "Ah...yes....thank you for reminding me..." Now sit down near a babbling brook, and throw on some Yanni. I'd ask you to close your eyes and relax, but then you wouldn't be able to read the review!

About ZenMinder

ZenMinder was made possible by the good people at BBHacker < link http://zenminder.com/ >. We've reviewed the most recent version of ZenMinder, being v 1.0.2, its size is 525.5KB. The application is available for BlackBerrys running OS 4.2 or higher, including the Tour. Let's take a look.

the main menu

The main menu is enough to help you attain a calm demeanor - the image of the stones leading off into the vast, infinitesimal nothingness that is the stark white background. Try not to get lost. Even the blue words displayed before you offers reassurance;

"No need to remember...let ZenMinder remind you."

ZenMinder's capacity to maintain virtually unlimited reminders is impressive to say the least. To create a reminder, click on New Reminder from either the main screen or the menu button. The following fields can be filled in:

Name: Here you fill in the name of the reminder, which also doubles as the reason for the reminder. You could use names including "TPS Report" or "Soccer Game".

Date: Choose the day, month, year and time you want the reminder to sound. Below the date entry is a button labeled "Find Future Date". In the Future Date section, you can have ZenMinder calculate what date you want to see the reminder. For example; I can choose to be reminded in 5 minutes, hours, days, weeks or months.

Repeat Every: Similar to the Find Future Date, I can decide when to receive a repeated reminder, this time your choices expand to include; quarters and years.

create a reminder

see into the future...

ZenMinder comes equipped with four unique tones to choose from - Gentle Note, Zen Gong, Sparkles and Wind Chimes. They have been included as soft, peaceful reminders that are designed not to interrupt those around you. If you don't find any of those tones suitable, you can also choose from your own audio files. Volume levels can be adjusted by increments of 10, ranging from 0 to 100. These tones can continuously play, or sound once, twice, three times (a lady, sorry), five times or ten times. The application also makes use of your BlackBerry's vibrate feature. The reminders can also be accompanied by a short vibration burst or a long vibration. At the bottom of the reminder creation screen, you will find a test notification button, so you can see your reminder before you save it. Reminders can also be edited and deleted.

list of reminders

Your created reminders will now be listed at the main screen (hey! Where did the stones go?!). At this screen, each entry will show the reminder's name, the next time it will sound and how often it repeats (if at all).

Now, you can go about your merry way, getting back to doing what you need to do. When the reminder is activated, you will see a small popup displaying the name of the reminder and two buttons; marked "ok" and "remind me later." Your BlackBerry LED will also blink blue. If your screen is black, the reminder will not activate the backlight, so the blue LED is a nice touch. Unless you haven't set your reminders to repeat, the "remind me later" option isn't necessary. With a repeating reminder on, both the buttons will function the same. If repeats are off, the "remind me later" button acts as a snooze button. The application sets the default snooze time to 10 minutes, but you can choose anywhere between 1 and 999 minutes (yes, I checked). You can also modify ZenMinder slightly to suit your needs; choose between 12 hour or 24 hour formats, auto delete expired alarms, deactivate all reminders or just deactivate them during the weekend. Before the recent update, closing the application would not deactivate your reminders, allowing them to catch your attention when you didn't want them to. Now, you can choose to shutdown the application when you leave it. Oh and if you were wondering, BBHacker is offering free lifetime upgrades. The only problem I had was the fact that I had to delete the previous version, wait for my BlackBerry to reboot, then install the newer version. Hopefully they can fix this soon.

the settings menu

oh that reminds me...


With ZenMinder on your BlackBerry, you can continue on your path to enlightenment. It offers an alternative to the traditional reminder you set in your calendar. With the soothing tones, snooze button and easy to use UI, you'll soon be able to put your mind at ease. You can pick up a copy of ZenMinder for $14.99 at the CrackBerry App Store. The price may be a bit high, and might not bring peace to your wallet. Until July 31st, you can nab it for $9.99, or even try the free trial. For more information, or to try/buy ZenMinder, click here.


  • easy to master the controls
  • pleasant tones and UI
  • manage an unlimited number of reminders


  • reminder won't activate the backlight
  • upgrade issues


Reader comments

Zen Minder for BlackBerry Smartphones Reviewed


I don't get this.
Is it that you have a limitation to the amount of alarms set within the calendar?
Soft tones my STORM has soft, medium, and loud tones so it can't be that.
I really don't see why I would have another app just to duplicate features that you already have out of the box???

PLEASE some one explain it to me...
I have money to burn?!#?!#&
NOT that 14.99 or 9.99 is that much!?@?#@?#& another reason I am scratching my head.

It is expensive for the specific task it does. My main gripe (other than the price) is that you can too easily exit the event entry screen without saving. No prompt no nothing. Just all your typing and stuff gone. Should be a prompt there asking to save changes or something. I don't always think to scroll down to the bottom to the "save changes" button. Annoying.

You have to keep in mind that every user will get free updates for a lifetime, no catch.

The suggestion from applejosh will be included in the next release and every customer will get a free update.

The ZenMinder Development Team

Thanks for the tip 'berryromancewriter'!

I am a huge Outlook user and Reqall maybe the reminder app I've been looking for. I'll get back to y'all as I give Reqall a 'real world' stress test.

ZenMaster is very appealing from a sensory perspective, but, I does seem to have the muscle to hold up to business world use.

I'm new to the BB community and loving how open and sharing the CB community is with its experiences. It's made by move to BB one of the best tech decisions I've made in a while.

I own and have been using this app for roughly a week now. The app is well worth the price, yes it is a little high and yes, we do have a calendar on our phones to help remind us of things. But for people like me who don't want "take your pill" 2x a day cluttering up my calendar this is the perfect solution. Great app, strongly recommend

...I had a problem with the app download going to the wrong BB in my family via the mobihand acct. Bernhard from customer service took care of me right away with no questions asked and without delay.

It was nice to get that sort of service from an app vendor for a change!

For those of us who like to assign different ringtones to different alerts, this app is a huge departure from the BB native app, which limits you to using the same ringtone for each alarm or calendar entry.

I find huge value in assigning different tones to different alerts. It allows me to generally know what the alert/alarm is without even having to look at the phone.

I am happy with the trial so far except the save feature which the developer has already stated he will address. With the free upgrades, chances are 99% that I will purchase this app.

Running the latest version on my BB Bold 9000. Love the application but when the reminder alarm sounds and I click OK the reminder and alarm always go off again a second time in about a minute Very annoying particularly if an alarm goes off during a meeting, you silence it and then it goes off again in about a minute. I am clicking "OK" and not the "Remind Me Later" button. Running v. of the BB OS.