With the golf season rapidly approaching, it is interesting to see the growing number of golf mobile apps come on the market. The iPhone has hundreds of golf apps available, but many are not very useful except for a few that offer GPS-type range finder capabilities, golf tips and instruction and practice drills.
In its race to satisfy its core customers – on the go business users – Blackberry has stepped up its game in the golf mobile app market and is rapidly growing its apps for the Blackberry Bold, Curve, Tour, Torch and Storm. Golf apps for Blackberry devices have effectively doubled in the last 6 months probably because its core business user customers are more likely to also play golf.
To find mobile apps for blackberry, go to appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/ and under “Sports & Recreation” look for the “Golf” link. There you will find close to 50 free and paid apps to help you with your game under such useful golf categories as:
a. Golf GPS Rangefinder
b. Rules of Golf
c. Golf Instruction and Tips
d. Golf Scorecards
e. Golf Course Finder
f. Golf News
Like any app, when selecting app for Blackberry devices, be sure to read through the details of the app and look at the screen shots. Also read the reviews and try to distinguish between authentic reviews and “fake” reviews by the app manufacturer (these are pretty easy to figure out). When looking at the mobile app reviews, pay close attention to reviews that mention ease of use, ease of navigation, quality of visuals, quality of instruction, etc.
Something else to keep in mind is to distinguish between mobile apps that are “native” vs. those that need access to your provider and/or Wi-Fi. Once downloaded to your phone, you can use native apps whenever you like and get the information you need with no carrier or Wi-Fi access. Many of the GPS apps can be frustrating because they often require carrier/Wi-Fi access and if your coverage is not good, the app does not work well.
So, check out all the mobile apps for Blackberry and get ready for a fantastic golf season!