BlackBerry 10 has finally launched. Here are five apps you need to download.
Free (at launch)
Star Wars and Angry Birds? It’s gaming heaven. The plot follows the (original) Star Wars trilogy from Tatooine, to the Death Star and Hoth, with more levels promised.
As you progress you discover new characters each with its own skill Luke Skywalker has a lightsabre, Han Solo a laser gun, Obi Wan throws block and Chewbacca simply uses his weight to power the pigs.
Addictive, witty and great fun the Force breaths new life into the Angry Birds series.
FM radios are rarities in high-end smartphones. TuneIn Radio is the solution. An internet radio app, which let you listen to music, chat and even podcasts over 3G or WiFi.
The choice of stations is staggering, with a huge selection of genres - from 80s & 90s to Easy Listening, Hip Hop to World music using a slick user interface. Search via artist, DJ, or type of music and list. Text is a little jagged on the Z10’s 4.2-inch screen, but that tiny gripe is our only complaint about an otherwise fantastic music app.
Keeping track of news can involve laboriously jumping from website to website. Taptu lets you ‘DJ’ your news by aggregating feeds into a single place. Select genres that interest you - perhaps Tech and Gadgets or Parenting - and the apps pulls in stories from a range of sources.
Search for individual websites, such as National Geographic, using the StreamStore and make it more personal by collating social networking feeds from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Scrolling through the app can feel a little sluggish, but Taptu is a simple, low-effort way of keeping informed.
The BlackBerry Z10’s 8-megapixel camera has a very limited selection of editable feature, which is where PicShop comes in. The app lets you access the camera to take pictures, so you can Autofix, Crop, straighten and adjust the Brightness and Colour on the spot.
There are 20 filters including Sepia, Lomo and Emboss, with a slider to adjust the strength of the effect.
Upgrade for £1.50 to the full PicShop to access Frames and Extras, but the Lite version offers enough features to satisfy most users.
Everyone loves a trip to the movies, but don’t hand your money over without checking Flixster’s huge selection of reviews. Along with current and upcoming movies search for your local cinema to quickly view showtimes and contact information. The UI isn’t quite as slick as the Windows Phone 8 app, but for cinema fans Flixster is the movie app to download.
Are you using a BlackBerry 10 device? What do you think of the app store? Share your favourite BlackBerry 10 apps in the comments below.
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