Monitor for BlackBerry is an interesting utility from the MailSite/AstraSync team. It is a sort of all in one utility that adds some nice features to your BlackBerry. My favorite is the ability to set certain applications to auto start or turn of apps that already do.
The Monitor for BlackBerry utility:
- Shows you how much memory you have left on your BlackBerry.
- Shows you the status of your BlackBerry connections.
- Shows you how much data you have sent and received.
- Shows you exactly how much battery you have remaining.
- Auto Starts Applications after a reboot.
- Allows J2ME applications like AstraSync BlackBerry exchange sync closer OS integration.
That is a pretty cool feature set for a beta application that will probably be free once it comes out of beta. The last feature I listed above is the most interesting of all. The company who develops Monitor also owns AstraSync which brings Exchange ActiveSync to BlackBerrys. They release their application as a Midlet instead of a BlackBerry app (aka RIMlet) because as far as I remember RIM’s SDK prohibits developing alternative email clients (reminds me of Apple). The problem with a Midlet is that it does not have the ability to integrate with BlackBerry functions that require code signing like the profiles on your BlackBerry.
Monitor for BlackBerry is a creative solution for AstraSync to get profile notifications. The Monitor app has an API that will be published soon which allows apps like AstraSync to access these functions. Very creative though I am sure RIM will see right through it… The question is if they will do anything about it. Either way I give credit to MailSite for trying to add this feature any way they can.