Excerpt: 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...
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
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 an amusing alternative to BlackBerry’s suddenly quaint non-touch interface.
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. RIM's attempt in attracting new users might prove difficult despite boasting a prized form factor and revamped platform that play to the strengths of the everyday consumer.
Pros: Responsive QWERTY, Decent battery life
Cons: Issues with rendering some web pages, Still outdated looking interface
Excerpt: While the Storm was a bold departure for RIM, the Torch represents a highly refined version of what BlackBerry owners have come to know and love. The welcome but not-too-extreme makeover starts with BlackBerry 6, a new OS that features a modern-looking interface with multiple home screens, a much improved WebKit browser, and a Social Feed app that aggregates Facebook, Twitter, and RSS updates.
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. The search function is a nice addition.
BlackBerry Torch review: The touchscreen-equipped BlackBerry Torch will be enticing for existing BlackBerry users, but offers no real incentive for others to switch to the platform.
Good Gear Guide.au
23 March 2011
Summary: The BlackBerry Torch 9800 might be the best BlackBerry ever, but we think at its core it is generally the same as most other BlackBerrys. It possesses an excellent keyboard and great e-mail capabilities, but boasts nothing really new or innovative. The Torch offers little incentive to switch from the iPhone or an Android smartphone, but BlackBerry users will probably find it a compelling upgrade.
Pros: Good keyboard, excellent e-mail, responsive touchscreen, decent build quality, revamped OS, universal search, improved Web browser
Cons: Physical design could use an overhaul, large and top-heavy, lack of customisation of app "drawers", UI lacks consistency, lower resolution display than competitors
Excerpt: I have an emotional response whenever I write an overview of a new BlackBerry. Part of the reason is because I have been a loyal BlackBerry user for several years, and partly because I have watched as RIM has gone from "Trailblazing" status to playing catch-up to a new market with new benchmarks.