Summary: Once the king of smartphones, RIM has fallen on hard times with the introduction of more user friendly smartphones. To combat these challengers to the throne RIM has released the BlackBerry Torch. Does it meet the new demands of the consumer market or fall flat on its touchscreen?
Summary: With all the buzz surrounding the and , it's easy to forget about Research In Motion's BlackBerry phones. The new BlackBerry Torch, however, is designed to bring attention right back to these still-popular devices.
Summary: If anyone vaguely remembers the BlackBerry Storm and Storm 2 , you might also remember how we felt about BlackBerry's first foray into the touch screen arena. Back then, with little experience in touch screen technology, the use of its SurePress feature on the Storm was a usability disaster.
Pros: Vast improvement over earlier BlackBerry Storm and Storm2, Best of both worlds with touch screen and QWERTY keyboard, Intuitive BlackBerry 6 OS
Cons: Lagging behind in hardware specifications, Average battery life despite more manageable processor, Imaging quality appears overly warm
Summary: RIM's line of BlackBerry smartphones has been popular among business users for some time, but the brand has been losing market share in recent years to other platforms such as Android and iPhone.
Pros: Touchscreen & RIM's popular QWERTY keyboard, Improved web browser, New multimedia capabilities
Cons: Not as thin or as lightweight as other popular smartphones, Occasionally sluggish, Low resolution screen
Excerpt: Whether or not you believe the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 from AT&T is as revolutionary as RIM’s TV ads imply, depends on what side of the smartphone divide you’re on. If you’re a current BlackBerry user, you’ll find the Torch a quantum improvement over RIM’s last touch-screen attempt, the Storm, and...
Pros: Bright, colorful, 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen, BlackBerry 6 OS, Vertical slide QWERTY, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 4GB built-in memory; 4GB card pre-installed
Cons: Functionality not completely compatible with touch, Slow Web surfing, Flat physical QWERTY keys, Poor network connectivity, Smaller screen than smartphone competitors
Conclusion: First things first, traditional BlackBerry users will find the Torch 9800 as a worthy device to continue RIM's legacy as it easily maintains all the aspects about BlackBerry with a dash of some new features.
Pros: Responsive QWERTY, Decent battery life
Cons: Issues with rendering some web pages, Still outdated looking interface
Excerpt: As with most BlackBerry devices, the Torch delivered clear and reliable call quality in New York and New Jersey. When making calls on the street (with background noise) we wished there was a bit more volume on our end of the line, but overall other callers preferred the sound of our voice on this...
Summary: W ith the BlackBerry Torch 9800, BlackBerry is introducing a cell phone for the ultimate Touch experience. This cannot be compared with the BlackBerry Storm series that was a bit a disappointing. The menu has changed in the positive sense, in terms of functionality as well as design.