StopWatch for Blackberry
StopWatch for Blackberry
Review Date: 4/5/06
Price as reviewed: Free
With the latest thread involving the requests of Stopwatches for the Blackberry, I decided to review this little application, available from Blackberry Today. The program is free and basic, but suits the needs that anyone needing a stopwatch application would want.
Loading the application was as simple as downloading and unzipping the file, then loading it with the application loader on Desktop Manager. The file didnt require any set up and you are immediately taken to the main function screen upon entering (no setup required).
To start the application just press enter and the clock starts ticking, The numbers are nice and big. As the application should, it runs even though you are not viewing it. Taking a phone call or retrieving messages, even browsing the internet will not stop it from counting. The catch is that you have to use the multi application method. Alt+escape and switch to another program. If you exit, you get this message:
You can add markers that will let you know exactly what time a certain event happened. These markers are displayed in list view and do not disrupt the stopwatch.
You can also switch to a time option which will count down to zero. There is an option for notification, either none, vibrate only, tone only, or both vibrate and tone. The vibrate, seriously, lasts for a half of a second. Not strong enough to notice. The tone wasnt audible either. Basically, you have to keep an eye on the BB in order to know when it stops counting down.
This application is very basic, and hopefully in future versions they will add the options of allowing easy exiting to main screens and applications (rather than alt+escape) while the timer and stopwatch are running. A big improvement right now would just be a louder or stronger notification.
I give this phone two out of five Blackberry's
I like it
Although the vibrate mode is short, it does continue to vibrate intermittently until you acknowledge the timer is up by pressing “ok”.(y) I agree that the ringer tone is hardly audible and no option exists to affect it. (n) Still, I think that in vibrate only mode this is a very useful program. I used it last night while studying for an exam and the count down feature works flawlessly. I think this would've come in handy for LSAT preparation. You can't hear the vibration on a train, but you can certainly hear it in a library and its not loud enough to bother other library visitors. (y) Don’t use it to time the food in your oven while you play Halo though; that won’t work out to your advantage.(n)
Does it work on Pearl? I get an error when trying to install it. Please help me. :oops:
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