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With a brand new touchscreen operating system, formidable features and a full slide-out keyboard, the BlackBerry Torch is a pocket powerhouse.
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.
The BlackBerry Torch illustrates my point about playing catch-up because the Torch offers some fantastic features which, unlike the trailblazing days of "Push Email", are more akin to just getting even with what Apple and Android have been offering for some time.
There are four key features offered on the Torch that are excellent, and none of them are new to the market... just to BlackBerry. Here's a brief breakdown of those features:
1. Two-finger Tap: Allows you to select multiple things simultaneously, similar to holding down the "command" key on your home PC.
2. Comprehensive Universal Search: The Torch is able to expand searches to include contacts, apps, bookmarks, emails, etc, based on whatever search string you type.
3. Wireless Sync: This feature allows you to browse your home computer's music on your phone and download it, as long as you are on your home wireless network.
4. Photo Folders: Using geolocation, the Torch is able to sort your photos based on where you took them.
In keeping with the theme of "keeping up", the Torch now offers cover flow, which Apple has had for some time. The Torch has auto-wrapping (which reformats text to fit whatever level you zoom to), which Android already offers, and they offer fully integrated social media, which Microsoft has already done.
Add to all of this RIM's third attempt at a touch screen, this time on a vertical slider which you will either love or hate, and you end up with a fine effort from RIM to, well, bring to market a device that is decidedly "caught up".
Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is ideal if social networking and fast internet are important to you
Innovative touchscreen, excellent messaging options, sturdy, heavy and reassuringly robust
With an innovative touchscreen interface and a raft of powerful features, the BlackBerry Torch can justifiably position itself at the top of the smartphone tree. The full slide-out keyboard adds a bit of weight and bulk, but the bonus of extra usability means it’s well worth it. The new BlackBerry 6 operating system has proved itself to be an excellent advancement with some handy new features, yet the essence of RIM’s trusted original menu system is still in place, as are the excellent messaging options. It adds up to a winning combination that’s sure to please regular use... Full review
Beyond the software, the Torch 9800 itself isn't a home run
The BlackBerry 9800 Torch with BlackBerry OS 6 and the new WebKit browser on board together make for the best BlackBerry yet. BlackBerry OS 6, in particular, pushes the Blackberry platform back into the fray with Apple and Google. But I'm not sure BlackBerry OS 6 has much of a fighting chance.
RIM is historically slow to upgrade its hardware and services, as it can't alienate its business user base. That is evident in its "fresh but familiar" pitch of BlackBerry 6. RIM changed *just enough* about the user interface to make it a more competitive product, but didn't go wi... Full review
There's still a number of areas that put the Torch 9800 behind some of the competition running other, more modern operating systems
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 offers a few firsts for RIM and AT&T. The Torch is RIM's first attempt at a BlackBerry that sports both a full QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen. It's also the first commercially available BlackBerry that runs the new Blackberry 6 operating system, which offers a host of new features that include a pull-down notification curtain, universal search, and new virtual QWERTY keyboards.
While the device is largely an improvement over other BlackBerry models, there's still a number of areas that put the Torch 9800 behind some of the competition running... Full review
The Torch 9800 is a worthy device to continue RIM's legacy as it easily maintains all the aspects about BlackBerry with a dash of some new features
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. When comparing the Torch 9800 to some of the big guns in the mobile world right now, such as the HTC EVO 4G, iPhone 4, Motorola DROID 2, it is difficult to fathom for someone to jump with the Torch – eve... Full review
While the BlackBerry Torch isn’t a complete screw-up, it’s far from the Apple-killing, Android-slaying device RIM thought it would be
In a world where things are supposed to get simpler and easier to use, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 unfortunately complicates things. Is it the “best BlackBerry yet”? It’s certainly possible. Though it’s most definitely not the easiest to use, and even RIM’s best product at this point in time seems so far off from being competitive in the smartphone market landscape. Our first photo in the review sort of says it all — it’s a nice phone that is easily overshadowed by something newer, leaner, and much sexier. We’re not sure we’d recommend the... Full review
A smart fusion of utilitarian form and BlackBerry function
To call the Torch the "best BlackBerry ever" wouldn't be an understatement
It's tough to feel really excited about the BlackBerry Torch and OS 6 after heavy testing. We had high hopes coming into this review that the new operating system would be more than a fresh coat of paint on an aging user experience -- that we were going to see substantial changes in the attitude and direction of the company. While there are notable improvements here and much that is laudable, what we're ultimately left with is, at its core, more of the same. For all the improvements in the browser, the more upscale fit-and-finish of the UI, and the thoughtful changes in basic functi... Full review
The most exceedingly common observation about the Torch is that it's very much still a BlackBerry
I have only had this phone for six months and it has already been in for repair three times. DON"T waste your time!!!Less
the blackberry torch is so awesome its the best phone i have ever had i wouldn't trade it for anything. Pros slick design good grip nice touchscreen Cons touch lock is sensitive making it sometimes to easy to lock the typing input can be a bit slow at times sometimes opens the wrong app the main buttons on the front can sometimes not work altogether its a good phone with it doing amazing 9/10 timesLess
Don't Believe the Bad Reviews
I originally purchased the Nexus S due to the excellent reviews, spend 10 days trying to keep it connected to Wifi or 3g, and was blown away in a webpage loading test with my friends BB Curve. I replaced it with the BB Torch and haven't looked back. Maybe it doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the Android system has, but at least it connects and stays connected. And yes, you can actually use it as a phone ! The phone is solidly built and there are apps available for anything you need, unless you use it as a toy ! If your wish is to waste many hours trying to knock down walls with birds and a slingshot, get something else. If you want a good dependable phone with a great browser and excellent antenna , get the Torch !Less
I hate this device.
I'm an experienced computer user. However, this darn Blackberry Torch did not come with any type of manual except with some very fine print that I couldn't read with a magnifer. One would think that the software that came with it would at least have the manual. As a man with full sized fingers, I had to devise a tool to operate the keyboard. If I had tried out this device before I signed a contract I would not have purchased it.Less
A true smartphone
After experiencing HTC Diamond Windows based, and Android Motorola Droid and Desire Z, I have to say I should have switched to Blackberry Torch 9800 earlier. Well constructed, solid platform coupled with excellent call clarity makes it the best smartphone I have ever dealt with. My only complaint is BIS truncating attachments larger than 5MB. Come on RIM, I want to see a video of my kids or send/receive a large PDF file to/from customers. I look forward to buying the RIM Playbook. The two will catapult users to new levels.as I will not need a separate data plan for the RIM Playbook tablet I personally recommend for work/play. Rogers should include the holster though. Rogers Telenav works very well and it is more cost efective than the application I had for HTC phones. I had stayed away from it after reading the professional reviews. I am so disappointed by their views and content. They are clueless.Less
Pass on this phone
As a former iPhone and Blackberry user, I can say that this phone is not worth the effort. The touch screen is finicky, sometime 3 touches to get the right letter, many apps are not compatible with OS6, there are very few ring tones, some apps and games force you to use the touchscreen because the track pad isn't active for them. It's also very heavy, large, and awkward. I actually went back to the 9700 rather than keep this thing.Less
Really, Really Happy So Far
I wanted to wait until I had been using the BB Torch 9800 for a couple weeks before I came on and gave my honest review of it. I've had it for 2 weeks now so here is the review. This is the first BB that I have owned and I have used friends' Bolds and Curves in the past so I did have some idea of what a BB brings to the table. I decided to go the Torch route b/c I was lucky enough to not be in a contract and could buy it, along with a 3 yr contract for only $180. I'm glad I did. Initially I was a little underwhelmed by App World's offerings and some of the Apps compatibility with the Torch. It's not nearly as wide ranging as Apple but I have what I need on my Ipod Touch. I immediately downloaded Google Maps, Google Sync, Dropbox and a couple other good apps for sports, travel and weather. All and all I'm happy with the Apps I have and I definitely won't be overloading my phone with unneeded stuff, so I guess you can call it a blessing in disguise. My Gmail and GCal integrated nicely out of the box but required my Wifi to be enabled for syncing. Google Sync cured this and once Wifi is disabled the battery life is significantly longer. Battery Life was about a day at first and I would attribute that mainly to 1) heavy email and messaging use and 2) unknowingly multi-tasking by not closing out program (Hang up button instead of Back). Once usage normalized and I turned off things like Wifi (who needs it when you have 3G and unlimited data?) the battery life improved noticeably. The touch screen is very responsive even with a screen cover and the push up keyboard puts this ahead of a Iphone imho. All in all, very impressed and happy with the Torch.Less
This phone is the best thing since bread!
I had a lot of different phones but went from the pearl flip 8230 to the curve 2 the 8530 and had use the iphone for about 2 weeks to see how i liked it now i am the owner of the torch and i LOVE itLess
I love this phone
this phone is nothing conpared to the curve 2 . the 8530 this torch is a amazing phone its the new blackberry iphone im in loveLess
Pro: Small, light and compact Con: Too many to list! Very small QWERTY keyboard; control of tracking very difficult even when you lower sensitivity; Using experience: 14 days I had this phone for two weeks, and it was extremely difficult to use. Blackberry attempted to compete with the iphone but missed the mark completely. When you began to use the phone, you never knew what app was going to appear on the screen. Going from one screen (app) to another was a crapshoot to say the least. I traded it in for an iphone and I'm glad I did.Less
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