7 favourite BlackBerry apps for 2011

Navigating an app store can be tricky, with vague descriptions, dubious user reviews, and sometimes buggy apps. We searched for the best apps available.

Chat Across IM Services
IMO ChatInstant Messenger (free)
If you have friends who use a variety of different IM services and youdon’t want to have to switch between individual apps, IMO Chat willfeel like a godsend. It connects to AIM, Facebook Chat, GTalk, and Yahoo(and a few others); it also permits you to be signed in to multipleaccounts at once. IMO Chat is great for chatting with coworkers onGTalk, while saying hello to friends on Facebook.

IMO Chat Instant Messenger

This app lets you chat via variousIM systems.

Know It All
Dictionary.com (free)
Perfect for anyone who can’t stand spelling errors, this app can help you make sure thatyou never misspell another word. It can also read words back to youaloud (in case you don’t know how to pronounce them), and it has athesaurus mode, as well. 

Manage Your Money
Groupon (Free) 
Purchase, manage, and redeem Groupon deals directly from yourphone. This mobile version of Groupon also lets you share deals withyour friends so all of you can take part in that killer all-you-can-eatpizza deal. 

PageOnce Money and Bills (free)
PageOncelets you pay your bills, keep track of youraccounts, and in­­stantly see your most recent purchases and deposits.You can also schedule real-time alerts when bills are due so you’llnever miss an important payment.

Plan Your Vacation
Kayak (free)
Kayakis your one-stop app for vacation planning: Book a flight, rent a car,find a hotel, and track your flight. Kayak compares hundreds of travelsites at once so you know you’ll get the very best deal on yourwell-deserved trip. 

TeleNav ($10/year for premiumversion)
Google Maps may be one of the bestnavigation apps, but iPhone and BlackBerry owners miss out on itsturn-by-turn directions. Enter TeleNav, which offers those directions;it also helps you find cheap gas prices nearby, discover localrestaurants, and view 3D maps. 

Get Into Shape
iMapMyRun (free)
iMapMyRun uses GPS to track your fitness activities, such asrunning or cycling. You can record distance, pace, duration, speed,elevation, and calories burned for each workout. You can also uploadyour fitness data to MapMyFitness.com, and challenge friends to virtualraces.

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