One underutilized aspect of the BlackBerry OS is the menu. Itâ€™s with you in every screen, in every application, on the BlackBerry. Yet there are limited options on it, and most of them deal with the current app. A new app in the BBGeeks Store, Menu+, aims to take more full advantage of that premium space. The app allows you to add a number of items to your universal menu, allowing you to access them no matter where you are on your BlackBerry. Things can get done a good deal faster that way.
This isnâ€™t the first menu app, but itâ€™s certainly the most comprehensive. A while back I noticed a lot of new menu apps in the Store, but they didnâ€™t provide a ton of functionality. Mostly it let you add the time and your battery life, at most. Menu+ takes that way, way further. It makes getting around your BlackBerry much easier.
If you find yourself calling, texting, or emailing someone in particular frequently, you can add a quick contact to the menu. Say youâ€™re calling your significant other multiple times per day. You can add a menu item that instantly calls him or her. Ditto for text messaging and emailing. I can imagine the email feature coming in handy for professional situations where youâ€™re working with a partner or client. I have business partners that I email a dozen times a day. You can also do this with PIN messages.
Hereâ€™s where Menu+ starts to separate itself. A Google search item brings up a search box. From there you can instantly search Google, rather than opening the browser. Thereâ€™s also a handy application monitor, which, as you might guess, allows you to view the number of active applications. You can even use it as an app switcher â€” though holding down the menu key does that well enough.
One interesting thing on here is a WiFi on/off switch. This is easy enough from most BlackBerry devices, since itâ€™s right in the Manage Connections screen. In BlackBerry 6/7 itâ€™s even easier, since itâ€™s an option on the main drop-down menu. But if youâ€™re inside an app and want to switch your WiFi on, this comes in handy. Thereâ€™s no need to back out and then go back into the app.
Oh, and you can add the time, of course. Menu+ wouldnâ€™t be much of a menu app if it didnâ€™t do that. Sadly, it does not provide a battery meter. It does have a memory booster, but from years of testing these apps I can conclude that they do little to nothing. Maybe a short-term speed boost, but thatâ€™s about it.
Again, Menu+ is the most comprehensive menu app Iâ€™ve seen on the market. It provides plenty of functions that you can access from any app, any time. And itâ€™s cheap. You can get the Menu+ app for just 99 cents.
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