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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's Not Rude To Poynt...

Do you remember when your mum told you it's rude to point. 
Well, now, in the world of BlackBerry, it's rude NOT to Poynt (geddit?)

Welcome to the next of my BlackBerry application reviews.

Poynt describes itself as a free, all-in-one search application for the BlackBerry.

Now, I must admit I was slightly sceptical about this, as some of these types of applications are best suited to use in North America.
However, I was very pleasantly surprised.

So - how does Poynt work?  When you first start the application, it uses your cell-site location to identify where you are.  It's also possible to configure this to use GPS, but that's not too useful if you're indoors!!

Using the track-ball (or trackpad) you can 'spin' the icons in the centre of the screen to get to the module you want to use.

We'll go through these now:

Map It! - Click on here and the Map My Search Location option appears.  Click on this, and a map will be displayed, showing you where you are!! It is possible to configure which map to use; BlackBerry maps or, if you have it, Google Maps.  This is ideal if you're visiting an area, and need a map...
With Google Maps, you also get turn-by-turn directions.

Spin the wheel until you get to Restaurants.  Here are three options.
Restaurants Near Me
Restaurants By Name
Restaurants By Cuisine

Again, this is useful if you don't know what's available in the area, but fancy some fish and chips, a curry or a posh Italian restaurant.
Find the one you're interested in and expand the menu.  You can now call the restaurant, add it your your contacts, map it or even send it via email.

Actually, you can do all those things with all the businesses, restaurants and cinemas - it's very well integrated into BlackBerry.

Next stop - Businesses
Need a plumber?  Running low on fuel?
Enter Petrol Station into the search field, and a list of local stations will be displayed, in distance order.  Click on a business and you can then get to the map, showing where the business is.

Finally - Movies
For me, this is the best part.  There are a number of options available, which I won't go into now. 
The main ones are Movies Near Me and Theaters (yes it is American) Near Me.
Again, based on your location, click on this and a list of all the cinemas are displayed.
Click on your chosen venue and at the top is the Movies Playing option.  This displays all current films, with the times.
Click on a film of your choice, and you can get reviews, information and download a trailer.
The only option not currently available, in the UK, is the ability to buy tickets. 

Overall, this is a particularly smart application.  What's more, it's available free (yes FREE!!) from BlackBerry App World.

I can't possibly do it justice here; but hopefully my enthusiasm for this has come through.

If you have a BlackBerry, but don't have this - then it really is worth Poynting yourself in their direction.  You have nothing to lose...

Have you used Poynt?  What do you think?
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