Feeds

Five essential BlackBerry apps for leisure

Software for the sofa

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

There’s no doubt that much of the iPhone’s success is down to Apple’s online App Store, which now offers thousands of games and entertainment offerings for the ever-growing range of iOS devices.

But it's not the only one. The BlackBerry may have started as rather strait-laced business tool, but RIM has upped the mobile web stakes with the introduction of BlackBerry 6 OS and high-end consumer-centric smartphones such as the Torch 9800.

And the launch two years ago of the BlackBerry App World has fuelled a huge increase in the number and variety of leisure apps available for RIM handhelds. At the same time Don't take our word for it, check out BlackBerry App World. To get you started, here are our favourite fun and useful apps that you can currently download onto your BlackBerry.

Air Traffic Controller

RH Numbers

The BlackBerry App Store has several little gems to keep you amused. Air Traffic Control for the BlackBerry Storm is a brain-melting and addictive strategy game that puts you in charge of the runways in three different locations as you guide increasing numbers of Jumbo jets, helicopters and other types of aircraft in for a safe landing.

BlackBerry Apps for leisure

Reg Rating 80%
Price $5 (£3)
More Info

Galactic Blast

RH Numbers

Galactic Blast is one of those addictive retro-arcade shoot-'em-ups that will give you arthritic thumbs as you keep on trying to finish one last level. You pilot your Scorpion spaceship through 40 levels of kamikaze enemy warships, dodging mines and asteroids, and collecting upgrades and powerful energy-spheres along the way. The developers have also written a tutorial-blog for people that want to write their own games.

BlackBerry Apps for leisure

Reg Rating 80%
Price $3 (£2)
More Info

Flixster

RH Numbers

Flixster is a useful and fun app that provides info about the latest film releases. It includes reviews from the Rotten Tomatoes website, actor profiles, trailers, and news about the latest DVD releases, depending on which BlackBerry model you’re using. You can also use it to look up cinemas and showtimes in the UK, and in the US, Canada and Australia if you're travelling.

BlackBerry Apps for leisure

Reg Rating 75%
Price Free
More Info

UberTwitter

RH Numbers

The BlackBerry really lends itself to Tweeting, and this is one of the best apps for Twitter addicts. It’s free too. It’s a versatile Twitter client that includes features such as the ability to include photos and videos, and to see who is retweeting your tweets. Conversation threads are easy to follow, and the URL-shortening option is a handy time-saver.

BlackBerry Apps for leisure

Reg Rating 70%
Price Free
More Info

LaunchPad

RH Numbers

One of the neat things about the iPhone is its ability to customise the screen layout with your chosen apps and websites. LaunchPad performs a similar task on the BlackBerry, allowing you to create up to 50 “launchers” that put your favourite web sites, phone numbers and email contacts on the screen. You can also select a range of icons, or use your own photos, to represent the launchers on screen.

BlackBerry Apps for leisure

Reg Rating 65%
Price $0.99 (64p)
More Info

OK, so we left out Angry Birds. But you didn’t need us to find that beauty.

Any other favourites not mentioned? Let us know in the comments. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.