BlackBerry Z10 : The Essential Tools

by admin on May 9, 2013

I have been using the BlackBerry Z10 for over two months now. My sentiments have been from returning it on day three to kind of starting to like it. My previous phone was a BB 9900 Bold Touch.

The BlackBerry Link software is useless. It does nothing to sync my contacts, calendars, notes etc. Its just used to sync documents, media et, something that I have little use for.

For syncing the essentials (Contacts, Calendars, Mail etc), I used the iCloudBB Sync as detailed here.

(I personally moved my contacts vi BB Protect, Calendars via iCloud).

Once the basic essentials are in place, I looked for the next: Maps. Blackberry gives away the detailed, turn by turn voice guided,  awesome MapMyIndia Maps for free. The BB Z10 already has a fantastic office documents suite for viewing and editing. For messaging there is BBM as well as WhatsApp. There’s Skype as well.

One must also get the free BlackBerry Travel for World Clock, Currency, Flight Status, Weather etc.

The BB Z10 doesnt have a note taking software. So I got Evernote.

For GPS tracking, I got OnTrail. Recording GPS tracks and waypoints is something I have been missing ever since I moved from the Bold Touch 9900 (which had support for the eMacBerry GPS Logger II). I am still not happy, since the tracks recorded do not have adequate time-stamps, hence are rejected by OpenStreetMap.

For international news, theres the fabulous New York Times and The Guardian apps.

For task management, there is Remember The Milk.

These got me going!


Update: I found Nogago Tracks a much better, and perhaps the best alternative yet, for recording GPS Tracks and adding waypoints. You can then email a .gpx copy of the tracks to yourself for adding to OSM.




Great tech blog !

by Paresh Kale on October 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm. #

thanks Paresh! You use a Z10 too?

by admin on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm. #


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