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20 Must-Have Apps — But Not for the iPhone

Apple's iPhone isn't the only one with applications. Here are great apps for the BlackBerry, Android, and other smartphones.

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Apple's iPhone isn't the only one with applications. Here are great apps for the BlackBerry, Android, and other smartphones.
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>BeamSuite ($49.99)</strong><br />
Get this app to access PDF, Office, and RTF docs, and stop grousing about the clunkiness of email attachments on the BlackBerry. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.slgmobile.com/beamsuite.html" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>Trapster (free)</strong><br />
Alert other drivers when you spot a speed trap with a tap of your phone, and, in turn, get alerts when you're approaching a waiting radar gun. <br />
Also available on iPhone
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.trapster.com/blackberry.php" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>AutoStandby ($5.95)</strong><br />
Maximizes phone's battery life with a "semi-sleep" mode, without blocking incoming calls and texts. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.steelthorn.com/products/autostandby/" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>BBTran (free)</strong><br />
Instantly translates 40-plus languages, including within emails and texts, using four different software options. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.bbtran.com/" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>Viigo (free) </strong><br />
BlackBerry's best mobile RSS reader also keeps you up-to-the-minute on weather, flights, podcasts, and Facebook. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://viigo.com/home" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>Beyond411 (free) </strong><br />
Basic but essential, the former Berry411 is a deep resource, even providing driving directions. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://thebogles.com/blog/projects/berry411/" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>Whrrl (free)</strong><br />
This mash-up of social networking and mapping lets you stalk your friends in real time, commenting by text or photo. <br />
Also available on iPhone
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://na.blackberry.com/eng/builtforblackberry/lifestyle.jsp" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>Vlingo (free)</strong><br />
Voice-powered software--built with IBM core speech-recognition tech--translates your dulcet tones into text so you can dial, email, text, and update statuses on Twitter and Facebook, hands-free. <br />
Also available on iPhone
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.vlingo.com/vlingo/blackberry.jsp" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>Slifter (free)</strong><br />
Talk about comparison shopping: More than 1 million people have tapped this app's GPS-filtered database of 450 million products at 270,000 locations.
Also available on iPhone
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.slifter.com/pc/static/blackberry/blackberry.html" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>ShoZu (free)</strong><br />
Post audio, video, text, and photos instantly to 30 social sites, such as Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, and read and respond to comments. <br />
Also available on iPhone
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.shozu.com" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>Zagat To Go ($30/year)</strong><br />
More than 30,000 restaurant ratings make it useful. The ability to search by GPS, add reservations to your calendar, and click-to-call makes it awesome. <br />
Also available on iPhone
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://mobile.zagat.com/blackberry.htm" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>Locale (free)</strong><br />
This GPS-enabled app automatically adjusts phone settings based on location, such as switching your ringer to vibrate as you enter the office or theater. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.twofortyfouram.com/" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>Cab4me (free)</strong><br />
Stop waving your arm in vain. This app points you to the nearest taxi stand and delivers a list of local cab companies to call. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.cab4me.com" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>Ecorio (free)</strong><br />
Estimate your daily carbon output by keeping this GPS-tied app running in your phone's background. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2008/09/ecorio_for_android_phones.html" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
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<strong>Gmote (free)</strong><br />
Use your phone as a remote: Stream music from your computer, control movies, and more. 
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.gmote.org" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>SlingPlayer Mobile ($29.99)</strong><br />
Tap into your home TV to channel surf, watch your DVR, and schedule future recordings. <br />
Also available on BlackBerry
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.slingmedia.com/go/spm" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>WorldMate Live (free)</strong><br />
View multiple time zones, weather forecasts, maps, and flight updates by simply entering your itinerary. <br />
Also available on BlackBerry
</p>
<p>
<a href="https://www.worldmatelive.com/" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>Fring (free)</strong><br />
Combines Skype, AIM, Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm into one easy-to-use app. <br />
Also available on iPhone
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://www.fring.com" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • <p>
<strong>Pocket Express (free) </strong><br />
Purchase movie tickets, reverse look-up phone numbers, and more.<br />
Also available on BlackBerry and iPhone
</p>
<p>
<a href="http://pocketexpress.com/" target="_new"><strong>Learn more about this app</strong></a>
</p>
  • 01 /23

    Apple's iPhone isn't the only one with applications. Here are great apps for the BlackBerry, Android, and other smartphones.

  • 02 /23
  • 03 /23

    BeamSuite ($49.99)
    Get this app to access PDF, Office, and RTF docs, and stop grousing about the clunkiness of email attachments on the BlackBerry.

    Learn more about this app

  • 04 /23

    Trapster (free)
    Alert other drivers when you spot a speed trap with a tap of your phone, and, in turn, get alerts when you're approaching a waiting radar gun.
    Also available on iPhone

    Learn more about this app

  • 05 /23

    AutoStandby ($5.95)
    Maximizes phone's battery life with a "semi-sleep" mode, without blocking incoming calls and texts.

    Learn more about this app

  • 06 /23

    BBTran (free)
    Instantly translates 40-plus languages, including within emails and texts, using four different software options.

    Learn more about this app

  • 07 /23

    Viigo (free)
    BlackBerry's best mobile RSS reader also keeps you up-to-the-minute on weather, flights, podcasts, and Facebook.

    Learn more about this app

  • 08 /23

    Beyond411 (free)
    Basic but essential, the former Berry411 is a deep resource, even providing driving directions.

    Learn more about this app

  • 09 /23

    Whrrl (free)
    This mash-up of social networking and mapping lets you stalk your friends in real time, commenting by text or photo.
    Also available on iPhone

    Learn more about this app

  • 10 /23

    Vlingo (free)
    Voice-powered software--built with IBM core speech-recognition tech--translates your dulcet tones into text so you can dial, email, text, and update statuses on Twitter and Facebook, hands-free.
    Also available on iPhone

    Learn more about this app

  • 11 /23

    Slifter (free)
    Talk about comparison shopping: More than 1 million people have tapped this app's GPS-filtered database of 450 million products at 270,000 locations. Also available on iPhone

    Learn more about this app

  • 12 /23

    ShoZu (free)
    Post audio, video, text, and photos instantly to 30 social sites, such as Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, and read and respond to comments.
    Also available on iPhone

    Learn more about this app

  • 13 /23

    Zagat To Go ($30/year)
    More than 30,000 restaurant ratings make it useful. The ability to search by GPS, add reservations to your calendar, and click-to-call makes it awesome.
    Also available on iPhone

    Learn more about this app

  • 14 /23
  • 15 /23

    Locale (free)
    This GPS-enabled app automatically adjusts phone settings based on location, such as switching your ringer to vibrate as you enter the office or theater.

    Learn more about this app

  • 16 /23

    Cab4me (free)
    Stop waving your arm in vain. This app points you to the nearest taxi stand and delivers a list of local cab companies to call.

    Learn more about this app

  • 17 /23

    Ecorio (free)
    Estimate your daily carbon output by keeping this GPS-tied app running in your phone's background.

    Learn more about this app

  • 18 /23

    Gmote (free)
    Use your phone as a remote: Stream music from your computer, control movies, and more.

    Learn more about this app

  • 19 /23
  • 20 /23

    SlingPlayer Mobile ($29.99)
    Tap into your home TV to channel surf, watch your DVR, and schedule future recordings.
    Also available on BlackBerry

    Learn more about this app

  • 21 /23

    WorldMate Live (free)
    View multiple time zones, weather forecasts, maps, and flight updates by simply entering your itinerary.
    Also available on BlackBerry

    Learn more about this app

  • 22 /23

    Fring (free)
    Combines Skype, AIM, Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm into one easy-to-use app.
    Also available on iPhone

    Learn more about this app

  • 23 /23

    Pocket Express (free)
    Purchase movie tickets, reverse look-up phone numbers, and more.
    Also available on BlackBerry and iPhone

    Learn more about this app