e-Mobile Today v. 2.0 and e-Mobile Today Professional Edition v. 2 for BlackBerry Reviewed!

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PROs/CONs

Above all, this is a great app. E-mobile Today (regular) is very useful because it presents BlackBerry users with all of that important, consistently updated information (especially for the heavy business users). Packed with features, it offers all users a dynamic home screen experience, similar to the windows mobile OS. I love the layout, and the functionality. And from what’s been said earlier, the professional version consistently outperforms its’ regular counterpart in functionality and features. In addition to those listed above, the professional version offers users more flexibility in the apps’ look: more themes, and the option of making the font a different colour. E-Mobile today Professional can also be set as the default screen returned to upon exiting standby mode. Lastly, I really enjoy the fact that you can install expansion packs (with a cool $6.95 a piece) in both the regular and the professional versions. For everything they pack, I think both e-Mobile Today ($20.95) and e-Mobile Today Professional ($29.95) are well worth the prices you pay, and I also believe that the price difference is well justified.

PROs

  • Plenty of functions
  • Looks great
  • The prices of both versions are reasonable and seem justified given the convenience they provide
  • The professional version is well priced in relation to the regular version and the features it packs in addition to it

CONs

  • None

FINAL CONCLUSION

After using this both apps for a few days now, I can honestly say that e-Mobile Today and e-Mobile Today Professional are great. Both apps are feature rich; allow for expansion; and help you make using your BlackBerry more pleasurable, convenient and efficient. The professional version noticeably outperforms the regular one, which helps justify the higher price tag. Both apps truly do what they intend to, and that’s why they deserve the rating they do – oh, in addition to all that’s been said up to this point!

RATING

e-Mobile Today

4 out of 5


Click here to purchase e-Mobile Today from our online store.

e-Mobile Today Professional Edition

4 out of 5

Click here to purchase e-Mobile Today Professional Edition from our online store.

  • n8d

    I looked at this before. The downside is the expansion packs. WTF? Am I buying a copy of The SIMS?

    In order for weather, news and stocks, I have to buy an expansion at $7.00/ea? Especially if you are paying $30.00 for the pro version already, so $50.00 for a BlackBerry app?

    I think it’s a great concept, but not one masses of users are going to justify dropping a Grant on.

  • n8d

    I looked at this before. The downside is the expansion packs. WTF? Am I buying a copy of The SIMS?

    In order for weather, news and stocks, I have to buy an expansion at $7.00/ea? Especially if you are paying $30.00 for the pro version already, so $50.00 for a BlackBerry app?

    I think it’s a great concept, but not one masses of users are going to justify dropping a Grant on.

  • Nick

    Was this actually a review, or a promotion piece? You’re telling me there is nothing you would change about this product, nothing wrong with it? And really, you’re cheerleading the prices? When I first started reading I was interested, but this seems like such a blatant BS article that I’m not even going to try to basic version. Honestly, did you get a free copy of everything if you wrote a good review for them?

  • Nick

    Was this actually a review, or a promotion piece? You’re telling me there is nothing you would change about this product, nothing wrong with it? And really, you’re cheerleading the prices? When I first started reading I was interested, but this seems like such a blatant BS article that I’m not even going to try to basic version. Honestly, did you get a free copy of everything if you wrote a good review for them?

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  • Jonathan Brandon

    Hi Nick,

    Let me begin by saying that no one put me up to writing a promotional piece for this app.

    Now, I took a look at my rating and it has a perfect score when it should have read 4 out of 5. My bad. But beyond that, when I reviewed this product I gauged it by taking a look at how well it did what it claimed it would do. And in my opinion it passed with flying colours. Intentionality vs. outcome is my main guage.

    I was comfortable with the degree to which one can customize the look, and in contrast to the BerryReview piece, I didn’t experience noticeable battery drains – unless I indefinitely disabled standby and just let e-Mobile Today run as my home screen.

    I found that the essential difference between PocketDay Pro and e-Mobile Today Pro, PocketDay adds many, many more features, and e-Mobile Today (Pro and regular) looks much better and offers those users who desire an aesthetically pleasing run-down of the basic info they need at a glance. I do find that for things like RSS and News, I prefer readers independent of apps like e-Mobile Today or PocketDay. And I truly believe that many users feel the same way – did I mention how big of a battery drain PocketDay Pro is?

    At the end of the day, nobody likes to spend money on apps. Nobody. I take this as a given and don’t bother backtracking in every review with “oh, but, but the price…”. But I found an app I’m satisfied with, and willing to pay a premium for convenience and elegance (elegance probably being one of the main drivers behind the app’s success). e-Mobile Today provided me with all of the information I wanted and needed at a glance in the basic version, at $15 less than the battery burdensome PocketDay Pro.

    In any event, I can assure you I won’t and don’t feel slighted by your intention of NOT trying this product.

    Thanks for your comments, regardless!

  • http://admin Jonathan Brandon

    Hi Nick,

    Let me begin by saying that no one put me up to writing a promotional piece for this app.

    Now, I took a look at my rating and it has a perfect score when it should have read 4 out of 5. My bad. But beyond that, when I reviewed this product I gauged it by taking a look at how well it did what it claimed it would do. And in my opinion it passed with flying colours. Intentionality vs. outcome is my main guage.

    I was comfortable with the degree to which one can customize the look, and in contrast to the BerryReview piece, I didn’t experience noticeable battery drains – unless I indefinitely disabled standby and just let e-Mobile Today run as my home screen.

    I found that the essential difference between PocketDay Pro and e-Mobile Today Pro, PocketDay adds many, many more features, and e-Mobile Today (Pro and regular) looks much better and offers those users who desire an aesthetically pleasing run-down of the basic info they need at a glance. I do find that for things like RSS and News, I prefer readers independent of apps like e-Mobile Today or PocketDay. And I truly believe that many users feel the same way – did I mention how big of a battery drain PocketDay Pro is?

    At the end of the day, nobody likes to spend money on apps. Nobody. I take this as a given and don’t bother backtracking in every review with “oh, but, but the price…”. But I found an app I’m satisfied with, and willing to pay a premium for convenience and elegance (elegance probably being one of the main drivers behind the app’s success). e-Mobile Today provided me with all of the information I wanted and needed at a glance in the basic version, at $15 less than the battery burdensome PocketDay Pro.

    In any event, I can assure you I won’t and don’t feel slighted by your intention of NOT trying this product.

    Thanks for your comments, regardless!

  • David

    I purchased the Today Professional app after reading Jonathan’s review. I also run PocketDay and PocketInformant. I bought the Weather and News options. While not perfect, I have to lean more toward Jonathan’s views than the more negative review at BerryReview. I find no hit on battery life and I like the speed of the app (on a Bold). Sure, I would like greater customization on the news and the weather and I don’t want it to count the emails in my sub-folders. But the speed is amazing compared to where PI currently is and the general interface is really the slickest available. Will it replace PocketDay for me and will I stop running PI? Probably not, but in the two days I have been using it I find that I am using Today about 50% of the time, PocketDay about 30% (when I need to add and modify tasks and appts) and PI about 20%, though I expect that to increase as they further refine the app. But for most emails, missed calls, and checking off completed tasks I never leave Today and the general speed of use and elegant interface combined with everything being right there is, to me at least, really a step up in Blackberry programs. Reminds me of some of the better Today screen programs I used when on WinMobile. Oh, and the Tech Support has been excellent (I need OTA files) – right up there with the excellent support I have experienced from the PD and PI folks. It is exciting to have three great productivity programs (and organizations behind them) available for the Blackberry.

  • David

    I purchased the Today Professional app after reading Jonathan’s review. I also run PocketDay and PocketInformant. I bought the Weather and News options. While not perfect, I have to lean more toward Jonathan’s views than the more negative review at BerryReview. I find no hit on battery life and I like the speed of the app (on a Bold). Sure, I would like greater customization on the news and the weather and I don’t want it to count the emails in my sub-folders. But the speed is amazing compared to where PI currently is and the general interface is really the slickest available. Will it replace PocketDay for me and will I stop running PI? Probably not, but in the two days I have been using it I find that I am using Today about 50% of the time, PocketDay about 30% (when I need to add and modify tasks and appts) and PI about 20%, though I expect that to increase as they further refine the app. But for most emails, missed calls, and checking off completed tasks I never leave Today and the general speed of use and elegant interface combined with everything being right there is, to me at least, really a step up in Blackberry programs. Reminds me of some of the better Today screen programs I used when on WinMobile. Oh, and the Tech Support has been excellent (I need OTA files) – right up there with the excellent support I have experienced from the PD and PI folks. It is exciting to have three great productivity programs (and organizations behind them) available for the Blackberry.

  • BaRTiMuS

    Here is the question I always have with these apps.

    A. Do they auto start? Is there any way to make these screens default, when you come out of lock mode, standby, or when you back out to the home screen.

    B. Do homescreen shortcuts work? if you hold A on the bold it locks the phone, if you have dial from homescreen on, will it still function etc?

  • BaRTiMuS

    Here is the question I always have with these apps.

    A. Do they auto start? Is there any way to make these screens default, when you come out of lock mode, standby, or when you back out to the home screen.

    B. Do homescreen shortcuts work? if you hold A on the bold it locks the phone, if you have dial from homescreen on, will it still function etc?

  • Tanya

    David, how do u lock the screen for EMobile Today?

  • Tanya

    David, how do u lock the screen for EMobile Today?

  • Rodger

    Does it can sync to outlook?

  • Rodger

    Does it can sync to outlook?