Category Archives for "BlackBerry Help"

How to Assign an Application to the Convenience Button

Most of you know this but for new people to BlackBerry it may help.  

There is an extra button on the side of your BlackBerry that can be assigned to anything you want.  

I have mine hooked up to our Screen Grabber app because I take many screen grabs during the day.  Some people like to assign it the camera, or our free flashlight app.  

Here is a quick video that will show you how to easily assign that button to the function/app of your choice.  

Let me know if you have any problems getting it to work.


What Really Kills Your BlackBerry Battery? Part I

Full Battery

Everyone wants to maximize the life of their battery and still use the phone in a normal way.

Most tips talk about changing simple settings like backlight timeout and wifi or bluetooth settings.

I'm here to tell you that those are not the real problem and they are just guesses.

As an engineer I like data to backup what I say. I spent 3 months doing actual tests with a real BlackBerry in all kinds of conditions to see what really hurts the most.

This lead to a better understanding of what can really be done to conserve energy, and I was surprised by what I learned.

This will be the first in a series that explains the big battery killers, what you can do, and some other techniques.

#1 Battery Hog is Surfing the Internet

Sounds obvious but the research shows that surfing will drain your batter around 30% per hour.  

Have you ever sat at an appointment and surfed for an hour?  Noticed how hot the BlackBerry gets?  

At the end of that hour your battery will be down big time.  

Since I know how much this really hurts I need to think about when I'll be able to charge again.

Stay tuned for the Part II where we'll see what the #2 and #3 look like.


TIP: Change Songs Using BlackBerry Volume Keys

This tip is for all Smartphones and the PlayBook.

Move to the next song :  Hold down the Volume Up button.

Repeat current song : Hold Volume Down button for 2 seconds.

Play previous song again :  Hold Volume Down button for 2 seconds, as soon as current song restarts release it and then hold it down again.  Prev song will then start.