Like some Blackberry users, we do have stake in RIM as a company in the form of shares, and like a lot of you we are very worried about the ongoing patent dispute between NTP and RIM. During these times we like to keep track of the stock just a bit more and what better way then by doing it on your Blackberry. Today we examine the new stock program called Stock Ticker by Skava, read what we have to say about the program â€¦
Installation is done through your Desktop Manager, no OTA install is available. The program is very small coming in at only 53 kb. There was no separate version for BES and WAP users, so WAP users be sure to download the trial before purchasing to see if your handheld is compatible.
The first thing that struck us was the beautiful user interface of the program, one of the nicer programs weâ€™ve seen. However you soon realize that the interface is not so functional and user-friendly, just pretty. There are â€˜tabsâ€™ for stock info, news, and summary but no easy way to switch between tabs, the in help info didnâ€™t help it said â€œto hit left or rightâ€. Seems like Skava the developers of Stock Ticker didnâ€™t realize that there is no left or right on the Blackberry, just up and down with the track-wheel. Frustrated we started hitting buttons and realize that switching tabs required hitting â€˜Gâ€™ and â€˜Hâ€™ on the keyboard.
This was the first of many issues that we have with Stock Ticker. In the Quote Information screen, you will see a mini graph which tracks gains and loses through the day for the major indices. Which we must admit is a very nice touch, but then we realize that when you add your own stock, it doesnâ€™t add to the list of indices but on a separate page no graph or no way to graph your stockâ€™s performance. There is however all the necessary stock information including last trade, open, previous close, dayâ€™s range, ask, bid and others. Stock information is provided by DTN which is delayed by 15 minutes.
Another issue we found is that you can only enter 5 stock symbols, so you can not keep a true portfolio unless you own 5 or less stocks. You can get around this by deleting a stock and entering another stock, which is way too tedious. Be warned, make sure youâ€™re entering the right stock ticker symbol or Stock Ticker will freeze and force you to close the program. When you open the program youâ€™ll be greeted by an illegal java error and the program becomes unusable. This wasnâ€™t a fluke, we recreate the issue on two Blackberry devices, having enter in APPL instead of AAPL.
Weâ€™re always upset when we canâ€™t recommend a program to our readers because it is one less software option for Blackberry users, in an already small but growing market. This program still has a lot of promise, hopefully the developers will fix these bugs, but for our recommendation is to stay away.