Can we get a 'Hallelujah?' We think we deserve one! Because after several reviews moaning about the same old apps being included with BlackBerry handsets, we finally have some new ones. OK, so the old ones are there too (the likes of BrickBreaker and WordMole) but there are a few additions. We were thrilled to see Tetris and Uno included for whiling away the morning commute, although they are only trial versions.
There's a really good smattering of other apps too to serve a variety of tastes. From OK! Celeb News to Sky Sports Football, ESPN Goals, eBay, NatWest and a London Tube Map. These are all bits you'd be able to download from the App World anyway, but it's nice that RIM has included them out of the box to get you started.
For social junkies, as we mentioned earlier, there is some Twitter and Facebook love, as well as stalkers' favourite, FourSquare.
Unfortunately, the App World is still hideously overpriced and under populated compared to offerings from Apple and Android.
However, don't forget there are alternative app markets such as Handmark and GetJar, which have been around for years and have some titles at better prices. The common misconception of lots of phone users is that they're locked into one store. But you can shop around. And you probably should.
GPS lovers will be thrilled to know that BlackBerry Maps is on board (note the sarcasm) and we heartily recommend you just download Google Maps instead.
Quite why RIM continues to ship this useless piece of mapping code is beyond us, but we imagine in these times of austerity, it is at least keeping somebody in a job.