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The BlackBerry Playbook tablet officially goes on sale tomorrow, and one of the most-anticipated curiosities about the launch is what sort of apps (and how many apps) BlackBerry has ready for the big day. The Playbook we've had in our hands over the past few days has, we've been told, beta software on it. It's expected that, at launch tomorrow, the official, final-product software will be pushed out via an over-the-air update. BlackBerry has said it will have 3,000 apps in the app store in time for launch tomorrow.
In the meantime, we wanted to show you the BlackBerry Playbook app store, as it stands now. One of our favorite things about Apple's iPad 2 (and, well, iPad 1 for that matter) is how great it is for fashion media and shopping usability—for example, we're obsessed with the Love magazine app, the Elle Collections app, and the eBay app.
How will the Playbook stack up for fashion-lovers? We're excited to see what gets released tomorrow, but as it stands now, we're not sure. So far, there are only 10 shopping apps in the Playbook app store. And, well, see for yourself...
gList, $0.99: A grocery-list organization tool that allows you share and import other people's grocery lists, sort items, and check off items as you buy them (that's a great idea, especially considering the Playbook's smaller-than-iPad size and portability).
My Shopping List, Free: Not sure what the functionality of this is. It's a blank document with checkboxes.
Clothes Colors, $0.99: A colorwheel matching app that "helps you choose matching colors for your outfit." How does it work? It says: "Just choose a color as basis and the application will immediately tell you which other you can combine to create either a harmonious or stunning effect." Emphasis ours.
Compare Prices, $0.99: This app doesn't actually find you price comparisons—instead, you can plug in two values for the same product (say, you're eyeing a two-pack of paper towels vs. a four-pack of paper towels) and find out which is the better deal (like, per roll).
Easy Tip Calculator, $1.99: A straightforward tip calculator and check divider.
Expresso for Starbucks Coffee, $1.99: A customized Starbucks-drink-invention simulator. Simulator. Best line in the app description:
Bleary at 6 a.m.? Simply hand your Playbook displaying Expresso over to the Barista for trasncription, but be sure to retrieve it, they think it's nifty too.Got My List, $0.99: A grocery list app that organizes things into three columns: products, need it, got it.
MobiDeals, Free: A localized deal-finder that's available in about 30 cities around the USA. Won't work for people in some major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Dallas, or Washington, DC.
My Shopping List, Free: Not just a grocery list! A list-maker for different categories of shopping you may or may not need to do.
Shopping List, Free: A shopping list that you can specify brands for.
· BlackBerry Playbook [Official Site]