Howdy CrackBerry nation! It is the end of an important week here, and that can only mean one thing, the BlackBerry Classic is finally here! I know you are all excited and awaiting your shipping confirmation but first things first. The only thing you should be doing before holding that device in your hands is reading through Bla1ze's comprehensive review. This week also saw BlackBerry Blend updated to a brand new version across the board with enhancements and fixes.
Now it is time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
QuickReply by manysmallapps.com
From time to time, there are going to be moments where you need to save time and effort by replying quickly to a variety of emails that involve similar questions and requests. During those times, it is often necessary to use pre-filled responses and templates. QuickReply is a way for BlackBerry users to create and compose templates right from the BlackBerry Hub. Not only does it allow for text responses but you may add one or more files to include as attachments. Once a template is selected you have two options to compose your message. The first method is to tap and hold on a template and select the compose option from the menu. This will bring up a new BlackBerry compose email screen. The second option is to go into the hub and share the original message to QuickReply and tap on a specific template. The compose email screen appears as a reply to the original message where you can make further edits prior to clicking send. Fast and easy it is a handy application for consumers and business users alike. QuickReply is $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.
Notes on Pictures by LaurentCie
Awhile back I took a look at Notes on Pictures for legacy devices. It was a fun application to insert witty and noteworthy captions to your personal pictures before sharing them on your social networks. The developer recently announced its availability on BlackBerry 10 with a slick, new, easy to use interface. Being able to add a caption to your pictures, whether it be creative observations, funny remarks or memes, or just put the image into context, the application lets you add text with easy. All you have to do is select an image or take a shot with the camera, add the text and save, and the rest is up to you. Current users can download this version for free, otherwise it is $0.99.
Wall by Beekoi
For those of you with Tumblr accounts, a third party client popped up in the storefront this week simply called Wall. This application, by using it's easy to read dashboard-like view, allows users to receive notifications, search tags, filter by post, upload multiple images, and choose which blog to publish to. In addition, it lets you choose a publishing option (Post Now, Save as Draft, Add to Queue, Post Privately) and to select between a bright and dark theme. The interface is easy to use and the animations to select what type blog post to create give users the ability to quickly get their thoughts published. You can find it $1.99 for BlackBerry 10.
Zengrams by Gameblyr, LLC
This week I found this unique puzzle game in the Amazon Appstore. I have to say it is quite challenging. The object of the game is to fill in the box(es) with the pieces given in a limited number of moves. At the bottom of the screen you will see three diamond shapes. These are used to track how many moves remaining to maneuver the pieces on the board. If you tap one of these diamonds you can undo your last move without restarting the level. Basically what you are doing is moving the pieces to fill in a set shape on the board. What is also interesting is that the pieces may come in different colors and sometimes the puzzle involves them overlapping (to form another color) or combining to form one piece that has to be moved as well. There are 70 puzzles included in this game and it involves a bit of thought to solve the various logic puzzles presented. Normally priced at $2.99, Zengrams is on sale for the holidays for $0.99.
Wallpaper++ by Mamdouh Studios
If there one thing I can say, it is that I never get tired of swapping wallpapers on my device. No matter what the occasion there is nothing like livening up the screen by rotating amongst my favorite images. Wallpaper++ comes with over 1,000 images in ten different categories for you to choose from. What sets this apart from similar applications is that they are sized correctly for all BlackBerry 10 devices. All of the images are high quality and it's as easy as tapping on your selection to set the image as your background. This application is $2.99 to purchase for BlackBerry 10.
What You Might Have Missed
Swirl by Dirk Songuer
Earlier this year, Foursquare spun off it's application into two parts, Foursquare and Swarm, with the latter taking over the role for all your check-ins. Versions popped up on the iOS, Android, and Windows Phone platforms but not on BlackBerry as we still had the original application to use. One talented developer decided took up the mantle and created his own third party client called Swirl. It allows you to check into venues around you, see where your friends are and their recent check-ins, view user and venue profiles, and contact your friends via all the registered channels. For a limited time you can find it for BlackBerry 10 for only $0.99.
Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.
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