There are some places we can’t have our phones ringing, like in meetings or some professions may not allow the ringing of the phone. There’s an app that not only let’s you know you’re getting a message, but personalize your emails, messages and messenger with the color of the LED light, all in your hands.
BerryBuzz is an interesting app. When looking through the BlackBerry Sync Store, I noticed it had many features that are really intriguing, but also it allows the ability to ring and vibrate. Something I know many users ask for and like. I personally don’t like using vibrate because of the battery life.
BerryBuzz contains the following features:
- Customizable LED color and set an individual repeating alert for
- - E-Mails (individual for each account or one for all)
- - PIN Messages
- - BlackBerry Messenger
- - SMS/MMS
- - Calendar
- - Tasks
- - Missed phone calls
- Customizable LED color for
- - Incoming Call
- - Coverage Indicator
- When multiple alerts are active at the same time, every color will flash in a repeating pattern.
- Customizable rapid flashing LED for incoming phone calls
- Customizable vibrate for incoming calls. Vibrates while ringing.
- Customizable coverage indicator will flash when radio/data is/is not available
- Optional slow down or stop of LED flashing after specified time to save battery life
- Create your own customized LED colors
- Define a schedule with hours of day and days of week when all LED flashing and reminders will automatically be muted
- Optimized for minimum battery and memory usage
I installed BerryBuzz on my BlackBerry Tour 9630. The app installed quickly. The installs as a download and when you go to the icon, it lets you know the controls are in options. In your Options is the BerryBuzz between AutoText and Bluetooth. Configuring the app is even easier. When you first click on it, you receive the message “To avoid unintentional red LED flashes you should set ‘Repeat Notification/LED’ to ‘None’ for all items in your BlackBerry Profiles.” That would be in your profiles settings. It also gives you a checkbox for not to repeat it.
The options are listed in this order: Enable BerryBuzz (yes or no), Emails (each listed one by one) with the color (off, White, Red, Green, Blue, Turquoise, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Bright White, Bright Red, Bright Green, Bright Blue, Bright Turquoise, Bright Purple, Bright Orange, Bright Yellow, Disco, and Add Custom Color), Reminder every (off, 10 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec, 2 min, 5 min, 10 min, 15 mins, 20 min, 30 min, and 60 min); SMS; MMS; BlackBerry Messenger; Facebook; Calendar; Tasks; Missed Call; Coverage Indicator and Flash when (Radio available, Data available, Radio and Data available, No Radio available, No Data available, and No Radio or Data available); Incoming Call and Vibrate While Ringing (Off and On), Vibrate Burst Duration (0.25s, 0.5s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s), and Vibrate Pause Between Bursts. At the very bottom sits Settings and Profiles and a box with three dots. The Settings takes you to LED settings with Slow Down Led Flashing After (Never clear through to 3 hours); Stop LED Flashing After (same opts again); Stop Reminders After (same opts); LED Pause Between Flashes (0.25s to 10s); LED Pause Between Slow Flashes (same opts); Led Pause Between Idle Flashes (Coverage Indicator); Length of LED Flash (Short Pulse, Medium Pulse, Long Pulse, and Very Long Pulse); Clear LED for messages on (Opening Messaging Ap or First Trackball/Keyboard); and last the option Mute LED and Reminders During Monday through Sunday if you have certain days you need muted and Help which takes you to the website. Then there’s the Profiles button which takes you to profiles. and the box with dot dot dot takes you to the website.
Well, I set my settings for the BerryBuzz and waited. I chose a different color for each email and every notification. When my messenger would go off, the light was blue which I chose, each email had it’s own color. It was sweet. I would like to see perhaps in the future support for weather and twitter apps. It would be nice to have an emergency weather alert notify you, or twitter notification for Tweet Genius or SocialScope, although Â I am ecstatic that BBM is supported, that’s a really nice bonus to have.
In my holster is the only time my phone vibrates. But every message I received was displayed according to the setting options I had set. Even when my phone was set to silent, I was notified by the little flashing LED. It came in handy during family dinners and time with my family. I can see this app working great for any user, from the business person who keeps their phone propped on the desk to the college student who’s studying with the phone nearby. It’s also something I can see a parent putting their child to bed and having the phone on silent. Just several of situations I can see this app being a real asset. I wouldn’t advise it if your spouse is already upset with the infamous LED light. I like it because I can have it on silent even and still know what I’m getting. The app does exactly what it states it can and even takes you to the online site for more concise ways to configure settings. The app is so easy to use, to navigate, and completely personalize.
The app does not include ringtones however, so for those you can use your ringtones that you have on your phone or any ringtone app. I use my own. BerryBuzz normally sells for $5.95 but for today only the BlackBerry Tour Week in the BlackBerry Sync Store has it for $2.97. Take advantage of the price and the convenience, and start feeling more in control of your messages.
Compatible with OS: 4.2 (with color LED), 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7
Compatible with BlackBerry: 71xx series, 81xx Pearl series, 82xx Flip Pearl series, 8300 (Curve), 83xx Curve series, 85xx Curve series, 8700c, 87xx series, 88xx World series, 89xx Curve series, 9000 (Bold), 9020 (Onyx), 95xx Storm series, 9630 (Tour)