: $5.95 via the BlackBerryAPPS Store. Who Would Find This App Useful
: BlackBerry users who recieve messages from a variety of sources (Personal E-Mail, Work E-Mail, SMS, BBM, etc.) on a regular basis. Primary Function
: BerryBuzz allows the user the abilty to customize the color, duration, and frequecy of LCD alerts for all types of messages, including voice calls and calendar reminders. There is also a "vibe-and-ring" feature. I always have my 8220 on vibe, so I don't use this feature, and won't review it here-if you have BerryBuzz and use the vibe-and-ring functionality, feel free to post your thoughts in this thread. Ease of Download
: This downloaded to my 8220 (OS 188.8.131.527) smoothly and in a matter of a minute or two. Be aware, though-the icon that is placed in your Downloads folder appearantly does nothing except refer you to your Options menu, which is where the BerryBuzz menu actually is located. I have hidden the home screen icon. Ease of Use
- LCD color, frequency and duration of alerts are all managed by drop down menus in the BerryBuzz menu. It is very intuitive to use. If you set up remnder alerts, BerryBuzz will add a menu item for each function that you set a reminder for , in your Profiles menu. For example, if you set up a Berry Buzz reminder for calender items, a new BerryBuzz calendar selection will appear in your Profiles menu. Be sure to deactivate "LCD flashing " in your normal Profile menu items, and it should work fine with BerryBuzz. Performance:
The app does everything that it claims to do. I played with the color and frequency settings quite a bit and did not detect any failures. Pros
: The app uses very little memory or battery life, which was a pleasant surprise. the LCD alerts are eye-catching, especially the "Bright " settings. (This could also be considered a Con, depending on where you take your BlackBerry-be a good wireless citizen and deactivate BerryBuzz when going to a meeeting, theater or other public area where it may be a distraction to those around you). Cons
: The Bright Yellow LCD setting looks more like lime green on my 8220.
If you use your BlackBerry for a single e-mail account, or just for SMS or BBM, you may not see the value-add of this app. Summary:
A well-built and intuitive app. May not have universal appeal, but those who need to be able to tell what kind of message they just got at a glance will love it. Get it at the BlackBerryApps.com Store now!