It's tough to follow up the excellent review on the Tawkon Radiation Detector by Hodges last week, however I'm going to give it an attempt. I've had the pleasure of being able to use Blurts! Pro (developed by MLH Software) for the past few days and needless to say; I love it. It's an amazing application that is very handy when you forget your phone in the bedroom or even when you have your phone on silent and your laptop/PC within visible sight. I do suggest you continue on reading, I have a surprise for you all at the end!
One of my favorite things about Blurts! Pro was the ability to specifically assign which communication methods were able to alert me. Of course I set them all to "yes" as I wouldn't have added those emails to my BlackBerry if I didn't want to be notified. Blurts! Pro however only allows the notifications of SMS/Email/Phone Calls. I'm not disappointed that they couldn't allow BBM or even Facebook/Twitter notifications because I know that RIM limit's the API access, however I certainly do agree that those notifications would be immensely useful. I do however know that they have a beta available to people who own Blurts! Pro which I haven't looked into yet seeing as it was a beta and still in development.
Speaking of notifications, I certainly like the ability it has to show me that it is connected to my phone, as soon as it and my phone connect. The reason I do enjoy this feature, is that if my battery is low and I can't find my cable to charge it at the moment, then it notifies me that it's connected when it connects - thus allowing me to disable it to save that bit of battery. Of course, it's hypocritical of me to say I do like the PC notification and have the notification disabled on my phone, but hey, that's the way I like it. If Blurts! Pro really wants to move in the right direction, they'll make general notifications such as "Battery Low" or "Low Signal".
One of the great things about the notifications feature is that it doesn't just notify you of any SMS/Email/Phone Call. You can actually respond straight from your laptop/PC. This has saved me from having to go and get my phone numerous times, when I just want to relax and not have to worry about typing with my fat thumbs on that tiny keyboard. The only flaw I've noticed with sending an SMS out through my laptop/PC to my phone is that it doesn't sync the sent messages, it only syncs the received ones. I am very picky when it comes to how my phone is organized and that is one thing that drives me crazy; having received messages visible but not sent messages. So I of course haven't put this feature to the best of it's uses yet, however it certainly is an impressive feature and a handy one when I just want to be plain lazy.
I would like to point out that it does a "contact transfer" only once. After that, it associates everyone to who's on your phone. The reason this is useful is if you're having a conversation with someone via SMS over the laptop/PC using Blurts! Pro, then it's going to chew through your battery at stomach churning speeds. Why? Well, it wouldn't just have to maintain a connection with the laptop/PC but it would constantly be communicating. Everytime you get a SMS or Email or even a Phone Call, it would need the BlackBerry to take the number, associate it with a name and return it, when the way they do it, your BlackBerry sends the number over raw and it associates it on your laptop/PC for better speeds and less battery loss. If you look below, I've already copied my entire address book over to my PC. I only have to do it once, it's quick, painless and very useful.
Blurts! Pro also allows you to make phone calls from your computer. However, this feature was a bit of false advertisement when I first saw it in the pop-up display on the bottom right screen of my laptop/PC. I initially assumed that I could stream the call right through my laptop/PC; but I could actually only just control my BlackBerry's phone features through the laptop/PC. Once I got to thinking about it however, I realized they did this for the same reason you backup your your contacts to the PC. It would absolutely not only kill your BlackBerry's battery, but streaming the call would also end up being full of static and your laptop/PC would require speakers and a microphone. So in the end, I figured the features they had built in there ended up being for the better and I have actually used it despite my initial let down.
All in all, I say when I'm at home relaxing, skimming over news or posts on this is 100% by far my most used application. It truly is one application I would suggest everyone have on their phone aside from TellMe! and QuickNotes of course. Now, I know it would be torture to make you guy's simply read how much I enjoyed this application, so MLH Software has given me 10 free giveaways to allow people to see what they're missing. So here's the game plan to win one of these bad boys. Simply post in this topic and roughly 2 to 3 days after August 10th, 2010 (My birthday might I add!) we will select 10 lucky winners and post them up!