e-Mobile Today Professional BlackBerry Storm Edition (v.1.2) Reviewed!

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KEY FEATURES

e-Mobile Today Professional for the BlackBerry Storm is a great app that provides you with a clean and polished view of the time, date, your call log, SMSs, e-mails, tasks and appointments – at once! It is expandable, and all of the expansion packs available to complement this app – news, weather and stocks – still integrate with the Storm edition.

This is what the main e-Mobile Today screen looks like. You can select from a digital or analog clock to be displayed in the top right corner. I personally dig the analog. As you can see, it also displays the date in the top left corner. One of the things you may have noticed from the pic found at the beginning of this review is that the Storm Edition supports landscape mode. I particularly enjoy this in theory, but I don’t think the software makers really took advantage of this (you can clearly see below that there is room to place more information – perhaps an extra day on the call log or the tasks and appointments log).

You can view your missed calls, and the total number of calls on that day. When you select the pane, four columns appear, showing you your missed calls for Today in the area below while giving you the option to scroll over to the left and view your missed calls for the past three days. As I said earlier, I think the biggest difference between the regular and professional editions is functionality in general. With the regular version, you can only view these numbers, but with the professional version you can call the number by highlighting and selecting it.

Browsing through your contacts is pretty nice. Everything looks clean, and when a photo is applied to the contact you can see it in place of the little icon on the left side of the screen. Clicking on a contact’s number will prompt the application to ask whether you’d like to call or SMS that contact, and clicking on a contact’s email will prompt the application to ask you if you’d like to send an e-mail to the contact. I like this feature quite a bit!

You can also view your appointments and tasks in much the same way that you can view missed calls, only the panes above show you the tasks and appointments for the following three days. The professional edition allows you to view upcoming appointments by week, and view the appointments calendar for quick overviews. While the regular version allows you to view today’s tasks on the home screen and view tasks by priority, due date, time, and completion status, the professional edition also lets you sort them by category. You can also create new appointments and tasks directly from e-Mobile Today Professional.

Finally, you can view new emails and SMS messages in a clean, organized and mutually exclusive way (this means no combined inbox, for those of you who dislike this feature on the BlackBerry). You can compose new SMSs and reply to emails directly from the main application screen, which is a feature you can only find in the Professional Edition (for the Storm and otherwise).

Oh, one last thing. You can change the backgrounds (such as the one above), make the font larger, and change the colour to either black or white. Nothing remarkable, but the basics are covered. At least the larger font come in handy thanks to the significantly larger screen.

  • Edward

    I love the program, and agree with a lot of the comments. The support team is great. I made a few requests (such as to allow your touch to highlight options), hopefully they will do that. With my fat fingers and no indication of where I am clicking, I continually mis-click. I have issues with phantom email counts appearing on the screen. I thought I fixed that by separating the messages, but it didn’t work. I still had to do battery pulls to fix it.

    I agree that the pro edition should come with the extra plugins.

  • Edward

    I love the program, and agree with a lot of the comments. The support team is great. I made a few requests (such as to allow your touch to highlight options), hopefully they will do that. With my fat fingers and no indication of where I am clicking, I continually mis-click. I have issues with phantom email counts appearing on the screen. I thought I fixed that by separating the messages, but it didn’t work. I still had to do battery pulls to fix it.

    I agree that the pro edition should come with the extra plugins.

  • Edward

    I love the program, and agree with a lot of the comments. The support team is great. I made a few requests (such as to allow your touch to highlight options), hopefully they will do that. With my fat fingers and no indication of where I am clicking, I continually mis-click. I have issues with phantom email counts appearing on the screen. I thought I fixed that by separating the messages, but it didn’t work. I still had to do battery pulls to fix it.

    I agree that the pro edition should come with the extra plugins.

  • Possum Pete

    ***Newbie question here***

    Is there a way to have this software be the default opening screen after powering up instead of the menu? I’m sure if it’s the last application used it would stay on. Thanks!

  • Possum Pete

    ***Newbie question here***

    Is there a way to have this software be the default opening screen after powering up instead of the menu? I’m sure if it’s the last application used it would stay on. Thanks!

  • Lou W

    Do they offer a trial? I cannot seem to find one. It is hard to justify spending $30 on something you cannot try out. This looks like something I really want but I want the ability to test it out.

  • Lou W

    Do they offer a trial? I cannot seem to find one. It is hard to justify spending $30 on something you cannot try out. This looks like something I really want but I want the ability to test it out.

  • G Squared

    do NOT purchase this
    I did and it’s awful, slows the whole Storm to a grinding halt

  • G Squared

    do NOT purchase this
    I did and it’s awful, slows the whole Storm to a grinding halt

  • chris

    Do not buy this! The fonts are small and impossible to click on. The program will not let you increase the font. Last, you cannot click on the item (like email) and have the program take you to the email. Now I know why they do not offer a trial!

  • chris

    Do not buy this! The fonts are small and impossible to click on. The program will not let you increase the font. Last, you cannot click on the item (like email) and have the program take you to the email. Now I know why they do not offer a trial!

  • RobT

    Sorry guys, not going to try anything without a trial version – too many variables and opposing viewpoints. Even a 48hour trial would be fine.

  • RobT

    Sorry guys, not going to try anything without a trial version – too many variables and opposing viewpoints. Even a 48hour trial would be fine.

  • Jonathan Brandon

    Chris,
    e-Mobile Today Professional lets you increase the font in the application settings menu. And you CAN click on an email from within the application – which then takes you to your inbox. I have the sneaking suspicion that you purchased the regular version of e-Mobile Today, though even with that application I’m pretty sure you can enter your inbox and make the font larger also. Either way: to make the font large, hit the menu button and select the larger font option. To get to your inbox or a specific email from within the app, scroll over an email and click on the menu button, which should present you with the option of going to your inbox, replying, composing a new email, etc.

    On an unrelated note, some of you have been complaining about this app diverting too much of the CPU away from other tasks. I’m not sure how consistently this is happening but mine was doing fine until this week, when everything apparently became sluggish (even after a few fresh reboots). I’ll try to talk to the guys over at e-Mobile Software to see what’s up.

    All the best,

    Jonathan

  • http://admin Jonathan Brandon

    Chris,
    e-Mobile Today Professional lets you increase the font in the application settings menu. And you CAN click on an email from within the application – which then takes you to your inbox. I have the sneaking suspicion that you purchased the regular version of e-Mobile Today, though even with that application I’m pretty sure you can enter your inbox and make the font larger also. Either way: to make the font large, hit the menu button and select the larger font option. To get to your inbox or a specific email from within the app, scroll over an email and click on the menu button, which should present you with the option of going to your inbox, replying, composing a new email, etc.

    On an unrelated note, some of you have been complaining about this app diverting too much of the CPU away from other tasks. I’m not sure how consistently this is happening but mine was doing fine until this week, when everything apparently became sluggish (even after a few fresh reboots). I’ll try to talk to the guys over at e-Mobile Software to see what’s up.

    All the best,

    Jonathan

  • Stacy

    Do not purchase this software. It slows the Storm down and gives an error message whenever you reboot the phone. Then when you contact Mobihand for support they tell you to take out the battery. I did that numerous times then when they didnt have any more tricks up their sleeves, they basically stop helping me.

  • Stacy

    Do not purchase this software. It slows the Storm down and gives an error message whenever you reboot the phone. Then when you contact Mobihand for support they tell you to take out the battery. I did that numerous times then when they didnt have any more tricks up their sleeves, they basically stop helping me.

  • Stacy

    Do not purchase this software. It slows the Storm down and gives an error message whenever you reboot the phone. Then when you contact Mobihand for support they tell you to take out the battery. I did that numerous times then when they didnt have any more tricks up their sleeves, they basically stop helping me.

  • Rooster99

    Have investigated 12 Task/PIM apps for Storm. Installed/tested 4 of them – just downloaded and installed e-Mobile Today for Storm. My assessment :

    - Trouble free install.

    Pros :
    - Cleanest, best looking PIM/Task app I’ve seen for the Storm by far
    - Relatively easy navigation for where it lets you go
    - Didn’t seem to have the performance issue others have mentioned, but then I only used it for about 10 min before I removed it

    Cons :
    - No flexibility; General Setting options are Font Color, Font Size and whether to Automatically switch to foreground – that’s it; Task view options are Show Completed Y/N, View by Categories (just by category, not Category within Date) or View by Month – default is View by Date – and that’s it
    - No added functionality – no colour coding of Categories, no additional sort capabilities, etc.

    It’s almost like they decided to go with minimal functionality but get the look right. And that they did. Maybe that works if you’re just looking for a single screen to collect all your PIM apps together in one spot. But under that it’s all native BB app functionality, nothing else.

    This puts them WAY ahead on the look & feel front at the moment. However, the others I’ve tried (Agendus & PocketDay) offer WAY more functionality for roughly the same price, in addition to the “single screen” concept. Either e-mobile Today is going to have to add a ton of functionality real fast, or all the others are going to kick butt once they get the look & feel right – and then the price of e-mobile Today is going to have to drop way down to reflect the comparative value it doesn’t offer.

    Sorry – don’t mean to be mean and am not going to ask for my money back, but $30 for this app is way steep. My heavy task management focus means it’s still Agendus for now as it does what I need and while clunky in its current incarnation I can make it work, and I’ll try Pocket Informant and PocketDay/PocketLists as well when they have proper Storm versions.

    - R.

  • Rooster99

    Have investigated 12 Task/PIM apps for Storm. Installed/tested 4 of them – just downloaded and installed e-Mobile Today for Storm. My assessment :

    - Trouble free install.

    Pros :
    - Cleanest, best looking PIM/Task app I’ve seen for the Storm by far
    - Relatively easy navigation for where it lets you go
    - Didn’t seem to have the performance issue others have mentioned, but then I only used it for about 10 min before I removed it

    Cons :
    - No flexibility; General Setting options are Font Color, Font Size and whether to Automatically switch to foreground – that’s it; Task view options are Show Completed Y/N, View by Categories (just by category, not Category within Date) or View by Month – default is View by Date – and that’s it
    - No added functionality – no colour coding of Categories, no additional sort capabilities, etc.

    It’s almost like they decided to go with minimal functionality but get the look right. And that they did. Maybe that works if you’re just looking for a single screen to collect all your PIM apps together in one spot. But under that it’s all native BB app functionality, nothing else.

    This puts them WAY ahead on the look & feel front at the moment. However, the others I’ve tried (Agendus & PocketDay) offer WAY more functionality for roughly the same price, in addition to the “single screen” concept. Either e-mobile Today is going to have to add a ton of functionality real fast, or all the others are going to kick butt once they get the look & feel right – and then the price of e-mobile Today is going to have to drop way down to reflect the comparative value it doesn’t offer.

    Sorry – don’t mean to be mean and am not going to ask for my money back, but $30 for this app is way steep. My heavy task management focus means it’s still Agendus for now as it does what I need and while clunky in its current incarnation I can make it work, and I’ll try Pocket Informant and PocketDay/PocketLists as well when they have proper Storm versions.

    - R.

  • LockDaScreen

    2 questions

    1) Load at startup
    2) Lock the screen

    Anyone?

    ps Aesthetically beautiful today screen though.

  • LockDaScreen

    2 questions

    1) Load at startup
    2) Lock the screen

    Anyone?

    ps Aesthetically beautiful today screen though.