Smarter Smart Phones

January 16, 2009
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I will admit that I recently returned my BlackBerry for another type of smart phone – I don’t regret the switch, but I do wish that I could get some of these cool apps for my device.

Logan Kugler recently penned an article in ComputerWord about the 10 must-have free BlackBerry apps, three of my favorites include:

Vlingo is a speech-recognition app that goes far beyond BlackBerry’s inherent voice dialing; with this app, you can use your voice to run Web searches (“Find pizza in Philadelphia,”) launch built-in BlackBerry applications (“Open Calendar”) send text or compose emails. It even takes over the application key on the side of your device, making it even easier to use.

iSkoot allows you to send and receive Skype calls on your BlackBerry. Logan mentioned the sound quality, easy to navigate interface and the option to chat by text – all while capitalizing on your existing phone settings, ring tones and call log.

TwitterBerry allows you to stay in the Twitter-know even while away from your PC, you can read the latest tweets from your Twitter friends, send your own, read/ write direct messages and view your @ replies. You can even spell check and insert symbols (saving those valuable


I will admit that I recently returned my BlackBerry for another type of smart phone – I don’t regret the switch, but I do wish that I could get some of these cool apps for my device.

Logan Kugler recently penned an article in ComputerWord about the 10 must-have free BlackBerry apps, three of my favorites include:

Vlingo is a speech-recognition app that goes far beyond BlackBerry’s inherent voice dialing; with this app, you can use your voice to run Web searches (“Find pizza in Philadelphia,”) launch built-in BlackBerry applications (“Open Calendar”) send text or compose emails. It even takes over the application key on the side of your device, making it even easier to use.

iSkoot allows you to send and receive Skype calls on your BlackBerry. Logan mentioned the sound quality, easy to navigate interface and the option to chat by text – all while capitalizing on your existing phone settings, ring tones and call log.

TwitterBerry allows you to stay in the Twitter-know even while away from your PC, you can read the latest tweets from your Twitter friends, send your own, read/ write direct messages and view your @ replies. You can even spell check and insert symbols (saving those valuable 140 characters.)

Just think about what this means for your email recipients… factor these items into your interactive strategy and be sure to read the rest of Logan’s article (available by the top link.) Plus if you find short-cuts for other devices, let me know :0)
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