If you're hunting for the best BlackBerry apps, then why not trawl our list of productivity tools, utilities, and entertainment titles exclusive to RIM smartphones.

Social networking apps

Chat with BlackBerry friends
Using the BlackBerry Messenger IM client, you can quickly and easily communicate with other BlackBerry device owners. Using your unique BlackBerry PIN, you can add all of your BlackBerry friends and then chat with them or share your files, images, videos, and location. Free

Tweet better
Offering location awareness and embedded images and video, the UberTwitter client has all of the regular features of Twitter but adds advanced features such as URL/tweet shrinking and group list support. Free.

Bubble up
CrunchSMS is a chat-style bubble-SMS application with loads of customisation options. Among other things, you can add pictures to your favourite contacts, customise the colours, and add smileys and a signature. Free

News, financial and reference apps

Get informed fast
The versatile Viigo delivers news and information to your BlackBerry. Modules include sports, business and finance, entertainment, and local and national weather. Free.

Monitor spending
You can constantly keep track of your current, savings, and credit card transactions and balances on your handset with the help of Mobile Checkbook. This tool also lets you record transactions as they happen, reconcile balances, and schedule recurring transactions on the go. $5 (£3.23)

Know the weather
Through BerryWeather you can obtain instant access to current weather conditions, advisories and alerts, and detailed seven-day and 24-hour forecasts for over 72,000 locations worldwide. $10 (£6.40).

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