Photo Credit - Daniel Romano

Photo Credit – Daniel Romano

Ask any Blackberry user why they opt for the RIM (Research In Motion) devices and they might tell you “It’s the buttons stupid!” These smartphones were among the first that bridged the gap between cell phone and PDA and continue to have a strong following today. Not only do they have the popular physical keyboard, they also offer strong integrated business support and a free messaging system called Blackberry Messenger (BBM).

It is natural that these handy keyboards would be used to keep personal diaries and journals. And while Blackberry App World doesn’t have near the numbers of applications available in comparison to the iPhone and Android, there are still some great journals to be found. This is the list of the top five (in no particular order) in App World and due to the fact that my Blackberry collection isn’t complete yet, I have not personally tried these apps so the information listed is what I have found through research. (Note: Clicking on the icons will take you to the app page at Blackberry’s App World)

Diaryline

Diaryline

Great aesthetics, multiple journal ability, labels and picture inclusion make this app one of the top picks. Be ware however, there isn’t yet password protection or syncing, two of the most important features.

My Personal Diary

My Personal Diary

Even better looking than Diaryline and including features like password protection, backup, export and easy navigation, My Personal Diary is also one of the top journals available for the Blackberry. Don’t expect to upload your pictures yet, but it is only a few weeks old so hopefully an update will bring some of these basic functions.

My Secret Diary

My Secret Diary

If you are looking for a simple option that has been around for a while and has a good track record, My Secret Diary is a solid choice. Password protection and sorting options are on the sort list of features for this basic app.

Secret Diary

Secret Diary

Not to be confused with MSD, Secret Diary is password protected and also has backup and syncing features. Like every other journal on this list besides Diaryline and Journal Combo, you won’t be able to upload pictures with this one.

Journals Combo

Journals Combo

If you are looking for a few more features, some of which may be out of the journal keeping scope, consider Journals Combo. Password protection, multiple themes and sleep tracking are included along with day rating and search. This is the most expensive on the list, however, which may explain no user reviews for a year old app.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I will have to say that I am somewhat disappointed in the Blackberry journal and diary offerings. There are some solid options, but nothing that goes above and beyond. My suggestion to developers is to look at what is available for the iPhone and Android and add some of those features such as picture import, Evernote syncing, tags, PDF export, fonts and more of the features discussed on Easy Journaling.

Anyone tried any of these?