10 Best Apps for BlackBerry 10

News Republic (Free)

News Republic (Free)

News Republic is a news aggregator app similar to the popular Pulse app for iOS and Android. Users create a custom home screen complete with news feeds they want to follow ranging from World news to Sports to specific news items.

The app also lets you share stories via Facebook, Twitter, text message or email. If a particular story knocks your socks off, you can write about how it affected your mood and share it via Facebook.

MyAccountant ($2)

MyAccountant ($2)

Convert your BlackBerry into a pocket accountant with this detailed financial tracker that will help you manage your budget (and avoid destitution). It’s not wildly exciting, but MyAccountant is very useful for expense tracking. It’s nicely laid out with a gentle learning curve, and the ability to export reports and data is very handy. Staying on top of your money is vital and this is the app to do it with on BB10.

N.O.V.A. 3 ($6.99)

N.O.V.A. 3 ($6.99)

Who said you can’t play mobile games on your BlackBerry? N.O.V.A. 3 is a sci-fi-based first-person shooter that pits gamers against wave after wave of enemies. The game’s graphics are impressive and gameplay is razor sharp. If you want to move your game to a larger screen, you can connect your BB10 device to your television via its HDMI connection and blast away at baddies from your couch.

Navita Translator (Free)

Navita Translator (Free)

With support for 60 languages and counting, Navita Translator is a very handy app. You type in the text you want to translate, or you can grab it from an email, a website, or a text message. Select your language and tap the Translate button to get a text translation. You can also tap the loudspeaker icon to have your translation read aloud, which is especially handy when you’re not confident about the pronunciation. The interface is really basic, but it’s easy to use and it’s fairly accurate.

Box (Free)

Box (Free)

The Box app for BlackBerry 10 lets users sync their photos and videos with their PCs from the road. Once you create an account, and enable the app’s sync function, all of the photos and videos you take will be synced to the cloud whenever you connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Box also lets you sync over your data connection, although, as the app warns, that can get expensive over time.

ESPN ScoreCenter (Free)

ESPN ScoreCenter (Free)

ESPN’s ScoreCenter gives you constant updates on the top teams, the biggest sporting events and match ups and headlines from around the world of sports. Sign up for a free ESPN account to track your favorite teams including scores and news. And with Gamecast, you can follow the action live from your BB10 smartphone.

Waze (Free)

Waze (Free)

Community spirit is at the heart of this navigation app. There are more than 40 million users updating it with the latest traffic information and the location of the best prices for gas. It also has voice-guided navigation and automatic re-routing based on real-time road conditions. It’s a good alternative to traditional navigation and map solutions, but if there’s a lack of users in your area then its usefulness is definitely diminished.

Angry Birds Star Wars (Free)

Angry Birds Star Wars (Free)

The birds are back and this time they’re taking over the Star Wars universe. Angry Birds takes all of your favorite birds and blends them with your favorite Star Wars characters to create an all new experience that will have you burning through your BlackBerry’s battery in no time. Better still, the birds gain new powers including Force Push and the ability to wield lightsabers.

WhatsApp (Free for First Year)

WhatsApp (Free for First Year)

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform messaging app that lets BB10 users talk with contacts across different services. The app runs on either your phone’s data connection or Wi-Fi and offers features like group chat, voice notes, share location, send photos and more. The first year of use is free, after which you’ll pay just $0.99 a year.

PicShop ($4)

PicShop ($4)

With an 8-megapixel camera in the Z10 and Q10, you’ll be snapping some great shots. PicShop is a photo editing app that gives you a wealth of tools and post-processing effects to apply to your photos. Beyond standard options like red-eye removal and contrast controls, you’ll also find an easy way to remove blemishes and mess around with depth of field. On the fun side, there are also speech bubbles and other stickers that let you add text and joke moustaches to your pictures. The built in social sharing for Facebook and Twitter rounds off a solid photo editing app for BB10.