Mobile Bits: Apps By Consumer Reports, Unsocial & Rhapsody; Tablet Forecast


Credit: Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports comparison iPhone App: If you didn’t take their advice and you bought an iPhone 4 anyway, well then, you can download the new Consumer Reports Mobile Shopper app for $9.99, which let’s you scan UPC barcodes and read reviews. The app will sell for $14.99 starting Jan. 1.

Rhapsody on BlackBerry, finally: It’s taken awhile, but now Rhapsody’s music subscription service works on the BlackBerry platform in addition to supporting Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Android. . Its free for seven days and then costs $9.99 a month. It also updated the iPhone app to allow users to download entire albums for offline playback with just one click.

The opposite of social is “Unsocial”: Unsocial is coming out of stealth mode today to launch a location-based business networking app, being described as Foursquare meets LinkedIn with a pinch of Uh huh. Available on iPhone and Android, and only in San Francisco, it recommends people you may want to meet nearby, It works ideally at conferences or other meet-ups. [Blog post.]

Tablet Forecasts: Gartner predicts that tablet sales will reach 19.5 million units this year and to nearly triple in 2011. The forecast assumes that over 80 percent of tablet sales this year will come from the iPad, or about 15.6 million units. In the following years, it expects 54.8 million tablet sales in 2011, 103.4 million in 2012 and 154.2 million in 2013. The iPad will keep its lead until 2013. [WSJ.]

BlackBerry Style: A new form factor from BlackBerry offers the Qwerty keyboard you are used to in a flip form factor. It’s the first flip phone from BlackBerry with a full keyboard. The Style 9670 will be available from Sprint (NYSE: S) beginning Oct. 31 for $99.99 with a two-year service agreement. It comes with BlackBerry’s latest OS software version 6.

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