7 best apps for reduced-price BlackBerry PlayBook
BlackBerry PlayBook owners seeking the latest and greatest mobile apps for their Research In Motion (RIM) tablets need look no further. The following downloads are sure to find a happy home on your PlayBook, and most of them can be yours without dropping a dime.
(Note: You must employ BlackBerry App World with a valid BlackBerry ID to download the apps spotlighted in this post. Find more information on BlackBerry ID on RIM’s Website.)
By Al Sacco, CIO.com
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Groupon for BlackBerry PlayBook
Groupon is an online “coupon service” that offers daily deals of 50 to 90 percent off of a variety of food, goods and services for more than 200 cities and locales throughout the United States and Canada. You just enter in your general location–or let the app find it for you via GPS–and you’ll be saving money at your favorite restaurants and retailers, and finding new favorite places, before you can say “deep discount.”
Evernote for BlackBerry PlayBook
Evernote is like an online scrapbook, calendar and notepad all packed into one cool–and free–service that works across a variety of devices including PlayBooks, Windows and Mac computers, BlackBerry smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Android devices and more. Mobile apps and browser add-ons make creating rich content simple–and they automatically synchronize whenever you modify your “notes” so you can jump from device to device without missing a beat.
Box for BlackBerry PlayBook
Box is an online, or “cloud,” storage service that gives new users at least 5GB of free storage–the company recently ran a promotion offering up 50GB of storage, gratis. You can upload a variety of document types and multimedia from your PlayBook tablet to the cloud for free via the simple but efficient Box app. Your content is then accessible online at Box.com. (Additional storage plans for individuals include 25GB for $9.99 and 50GB for $19.99, etc. Storage plans for enterprises are also available.)
E! News Now for BlackBerry PlayBook
If celebrity news and gossip is your thing, you won’t want to miss the E! News Now for BlackBerry PlayBook app. (Even if you’re not a tabloid hound, the app’s worth a download, if for no other reason than the seemingly endless library of high quality video of Hollywood’s most Beautiful People.) Be the first to know when Paris or Miley is spotted wearing something outrageous or just plain ridiculous. You can collect all the dirt on the latest celebrity scandals with this handy app.
InstaPhoto for BlackBerry PlayBook
InstaPhoto, from developer Smarter Appsmay be the closest thing to the popular Instagram for iPhone photo modification and sharing service available for the PlayBook. Add a variety of basic photo effects and borders to your images and save or share them with Twitter followers via InstaPhoto. (Or check out the similar Playagram for PlayBook app, which is more basic but free.)
Stressless for BlackBerry PlayBook
The Stressless app for PlayBook is extremely simple: It plays a variety of soothing sounds to help block out noise in your environment or help you go to sleep, etc. The sound quality isn’t top notch, the selection is limited and some sounds are more realistic than others. But it’s great for traveling, when you might need to block out a screaming child or annoying cell-phone-gabber–and it’s free.
Angry Birds Titles for BlackBerry PlayBook
Unless you choose to reside in the ground beneath a large stone, you’ve likely heard of the phenomenon that is Angry Birds. Born on the iPhone, but eventually ported to most major mobile platforms, Angry Birds is the most popular mobile game ever–and it’s now (finally) available for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Launch different types of birds in attempts to topple obstacles, foil your various adversaries and save your unborn avian- spawn from total demise. And if the original version isn’t enough for you, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio are also available for free download.