I read an on-line article that indicated there are 900 programs available for the blackberry via handango.com an on-line provider of pda software.
You can even download a bootstrap program from handango that will let you order and install over the air many programs - which is nifty.
However, the specific model of your blackberry constrains exactly which programs will run on your device.
I looked my blackberry up and couldn't find it. I think I've ordered the 8703e, so I'm assuming the 8700 series phone category at Handango is where software compatible with my phone will live.
One of my biggest concerns is the size of these applications and the amount of available application storage memory - I understand what is available on the palm, but not the blackberry. Verizon says the phone has 64 MB Flash and 16 MB RAM. Where do the applications go - Flash or RAM - how big are they? I can tell you that the 22 MB of available RAM on a Palm Treo 650 is not enough. I'm afraid it will be the smaller number, but must find out.
The programs I would consider are:
1. Worldmate at $60.00 - but it's way too expensive - probably worth $20 - I don't travel that often, but the on-line weather and currency conversion features are neat.
2. SplashID for storing passwords and confidential data $29.95 or Cryptmatic + PC Desktop - which does the same, but has a PC client to sync with - it's a far better option so you don't have to double enter passwords $34.95. I do wish MobiPassword had a blackberry product.
3. Some type of electronic office suite to edit and view attachments - it's unclear which one yet
4. Total Fitness for the blackberry - tracks exercise programs - I always wanted this for the palm. $29.99
5. Ascendo Money for Blackberry to Sync with the Intuit Qiucken - to track finances. $29.95
6. Sudoku Master for blackberry. Just to spend the time when there is nothing else to do. $14.95.
7. To Do Matrix for Blackberry - a task manager for $59.95. Actually if Franklin Covey had something, I'd love to go with that.
8. The MS Dict Concise Oxford Dictionary for $39.99. Just in case.
9. Some kind of ringtone maker - maybe. Much more important for others than myself.
10. TrackIT Vehicle edition. Allows you to track car maintenance, etc.... for $24.95 - you need to put this information somewhere.
There's another question. The blackberry website claims the 8703e can be used as a tethered modem for a laptop - does Verizon support broadband access via the telephone? Would be interesting.
It certainly is nice to know that many of the purposes I would use a pda are actually available for the blackberry.
If anyone has any experience with these products, please post a comment.