Double-Whammy Review: Empower HTML Mail Viewer and InstaSpell

If there’s one thing folks hate about the BlackBerry e-mail experience, it’s the ridiculously long URLs spanning multiple lines, be they for images or links to sites. That’s why Empower caught our interest back when they were in beta. Since then, they’ve been working hard and have two full products now ready for the downloading. I also had the chance to check out their next app, InstaSpell, which provides an ongoing spell check for those of us not carrying a fancy-pants. BlackBerry 8300.

The Empower HTML Mail Viewer boasts a fair bit, aiming to eventually bring full HTML to mail viewing. It’s not there yet, but they’re certainly making a decent stab at it. InstaSpell provides real-time spelling error alerts by underlining the words it doesn’t find in its dictionary.


Part of Empower’s efforts are to beautify e-mail, and in so doing offer to change the fonts and backgrounds of your e-mail view. Personally, this seems a little superfluous; generally, I’d rather keep the default font that I see everywhere else on my BlackBerry, and graphic backgrounds tend to just be distracting. Call me a cold-hearted business drone.
Regardless, some folks might want more fluffy clouds in their e-mails, and more power to them. Empower also tacks on a little promotional bit to your signature on out-going e-mails, which is a bit of a sore point. Guess they’ve got to promote somehow, right? Regardless, a quick option change can get rid of it.

InstaSpell’s very discreet about berating your horrible language skills. A slight red underline follows words until they sate the beast that is InstaSpell’s 66533-word dictionary.


Getting Empower HTML Mail viewer and InstaSpell set up was quick and painless. It’s a speedy OTA download, and shouldn’t pose any problems.

8 Responses to “Double-Whammy Review: Empower HTML Mail Viewer and InstaSpell”

  1. 1 JUICE

    Go to advanced options in Empower and you can turn off the promo link that it adds to your signature.

  2. 2 woodi68

    I was going to make the same comment about the signature because it was my first complaint email I sent them and they quickly and gently corrected me that their signature was easily removed.

    Also the “fluffy clouds” are removable.

    Did you test the product before posting a “review”? Or did you just go with your cold heart?

  3. 3 DonB

    I tried loading InstaSpell on my BB pearl, but could not get the program to launch and index the dictionary to finalize the installation. I tried the OTA link as well as the Desktop Manager zip file. Both methods loaded the program (it was there when viewing applications from the options menu), but it would not launch from the icon on the homescreen!

  4. 4 BlackBerry Cool Simon

    Yep, I’ve been using Empower for awhile, Woodi, and you’re right that the backgrounds can be swapped out. Just felt like taking a jab at some of the cutesy options available. ;)

  5. 5 Elisha

    download went well but the icon on my home screen will not launch the application!!!!

  6. 6 Vishy

    Elisha, Empower integrates seamlessly into the native email viewer and does not require any icon. What icon did you click? Empower has no icon at all !

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