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Head-to-Head: Empower vs. BBSmart


Michael Kerfeld, an enthusiastic reader of BBCool, has submitted a great head-to-head review of Empower versus BBSmart HTML e-mail viewers. Head-to-head will be a new BBCool feature where we make two competing products slug it out until one emerges the victor. If you’d like to review for BlackBerry Cool, contact us.

We all know that the Blackberry Bold is coming, and with it RIM’s new, highly anticipated OS 4.6. A sneak peek of the features have been revealed, as well as to those using beta copies of the OS 4.5 on their current devices. RIM has given everything a touch up with fresher fonts, a more pleasant browsing experience, and snappier performance. OS 4.5 even brings a facelifted email viewer, but HTML email viewing still remains a thing of the future for those of us without an Enterprise Service activation or a carrier with BIS version 2.5. The days of endless URL strings continue.

Empower vs. BBSmart

Empower offers BES-dedicated mailbox


MailboxEmpower, the guys who did the HTML Mail Viewer, have opened up a beta for their next project: the Empower BES Mailbox. It’s a simple little app that keeps your BES e-mails in a separate area from your personal and SMS messages, making sorting through e-mails much easier. They’re offering a free 10-day trial of their beta, for those in the BES boat and are tired of getting business and pleasure all mixed up.

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.

Full review behind the jump.

Free HTML e-mail on your BlackBerry


Empower is a software suite that’s still in its testing phase, but is showing a lot of promise. Right now, their beta e-mail viewer is available for free and seamlessly enables HTML in the default BlackBerry OS mail browser. Two other projects still in alpha from these guys are a folder-based file system as well as a spell check for anyone using OS 4.0.2 or higher. BlackBerrySmart has recently been released and looks a little more polished, but I’m not sure if I’d pay $25 for something that does roughly the same for free. The Empower HTML Mail Viewer’s a quick OTA download, so check it out.