For those smartphone users who have them, a life without apps is like a life without water — they’re vital to handle all your daily tasks. You can scan a product’s UPC code at a store and instantly access reviews and pricing comparisons. You can use them to look up restaurant recommendations based on your GPS location, or to access your entire work document library in a cloud app. The BlackBerry World market has 120,000 apps and counting. Here are five of the best BlackBerry Q10 apps to ever hit the marketplace.

BlackBerry Q10 image by Janitors via Flickr.

1. AVG Antivirus

Mobile malware numbers are up 1,200 percent, according to Firelogic. If you assume your BlackBerry is safe from viruses just because the BlackBerry operating system has extensive security features, you’re in for an upsetting time. The mobile market is continuing to grow, so the attraction for virus creators grows as well. AVG Antivirus for the BlackBerry scans your phone for any malicious viruses and malware, and removes it from the system. When you use this in conjunction with the security features on the operating system, you ensure a safe cell phone environment. Your smartphone has countless amounts of personal data on it, from your email to your online banking details. Keeping your phone safe now is how to prevent mobile security from ever being an issue down the road.

2. PlayCloud

If you’re looking for the ultimate cloud file access app, this is it. It’s compatible with Google Drive, WebDav, SugarSync and even FTP servers. The app design provides an easy-to-use interface to access your files and manipulate them as you please. Whether you’re using your phone for home or business, it’s a powerful feeling to always have your cloud files with you. This app was perfectly designed to take advantage of the BlackBerry, and you’re going to find yourself using it frequently.

3. Hub++

The Hub notification feature added in BlackBerry 10 is a great tool for consolidating your email, social media feeds and other notifications. However, it could have been so much more. Hub++ takes it to the next level, allowing you to fine tune exactly when you get notified, the LED colors of the notifications and whether you want a vibration or tone for the notifications. You can also set everything per individual account. If you were frustrated with the Hub’s lack of control, this app cures all ill feelings.

4. Foursquare

If you’ve been ousted as the mayor of your favorite restaurant because this app wasn’t originally available for the BlackBerry 10 operating system, you can relax and start checking in with this social media app. It has the same basic functionality as other Foursquare apps, and allows you to instantly check in when you get to your destination.

5. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a rather popular mobile messenger program that allows users to send free messages to users in your address book. While this has somewhat limited use on its own due to BlackBerry’s own powerful free messaging service, it helps friends who are using this app to talk to you, and you to communicate with them.

What apps would you recommend for the BlackBerry Q10? Share them in the comments.

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