Pros The touch screen, the form factor, the blackberry keyboard, the new os, and its looks pretty sexy
Cons the processor does dissapoint not in any way big enough to impact users(casual and power alike) but when you get to multiple apps runnin it will seem slow, and the screen really needs work compared to other phones screens are so good,
Summary The Torch is indeed the "best blackberry ever" and it is a good phone, but some places where it seriously lacks it the screen, and the apps(i mentioned the processor but i did say it was nothing that made too much of a difference) if blackberry wants to remain the best they must give incentives to younger users and casual users while maintaining and improving quality for business users lots and lots of my freinds have or had a blackberry, simply because of the keyboard, even the storm impressed them and they got used to presssing down the screen on the storm 1, but the apps are seriously lacking atleast if you want gaming apps and almost everyone does, plus try for a better camera Blackberry if you give the best in all departments people will come running to you no matter what the minus points, just look at the iphone 4 it delivers in every single department so people will use it even if it is on at&t's bad network, and he screen seriuosly needs work atleast when every single phone comes out with a led screen@jexner the iphone4 browser does not put his one to shame, though it is slightly better, but then again apple has had 4 generation to make it better in comparison to this being the very frirst webkit broswer compatible with BB's, so please think before commenting, and try to restrain the isheep in yourself
Updated on Nov 2, 2010
Pros This phone handles emails, texts, calendars, and more importantly PHONE CALLS - FLAWLESSLY
Cons It can be slow at times, out of long periods of no use it slow to get going. Also, if you start to play around more with apps etc, it lags down until you close them all out. AT&T Service
Summary Overall : I purchased the iPhone 4 on launch day. I used that phone for a couple of months and had had enough. After some researching I discovered that Blackberry's Torch would be the perfect fit for me. I have owned the phone now for 3 weeks and have yet to drop ONE CALL! NO CALL DROPS WOW ! I didn't know I could use an ATT phone and NOT drop a call.
This phone has been a pleasure to deal with.
Apple should stick to building computers.
Pros Physical keyboard
Battery Life better than most touch phones
Blackberry Internet Service
Easy transfer of email accounts, apps, contacts, calender, notes from previous BB
Browser is as good as everyone elses
Cons Device can be a bit laggy at times depending on what's open
Call quality and battery life is not as good as my BB Curve
A lot of crapware that needed to be hidden and or deleted
Summary I was leary about jumping on the new Torch because of all the negative prepress. My ATT contract had been up for 2 months and I was waiting to see and hear more about the Torch. Thankfully, I went with my gut and got the Torch instead of an iPhone or a Droid device and I'm glad I did. Why? I need a solid, reliable communications, note taking, email device. Blackberry's have and are the best at that bar none. The physical keyboard is a no brainer for quick and accurate typing and the Torch's is about the best out there. I like the responsive, clicky feedback. I am pleasantly surprised how well the optical trackpad works with the touchscreen too. It's very responsive and accurate. It is a lot smoother for scrolling, selecting and "clicking" on links than my fingers. With the keyboard open, you can type accurately with one hand and with the trackpad you can move about the screen with one hand. The trackpad used in tandem with the touchscreen is a really efficient way to navigate, highlight, select and browse. Yes, the screen res, the GUI's not as slick and the processing power are not on par with the others. I think RIM understands that the BB's core strength lies with it being an excellent communications/enterprise messenging device,kept those core strengths and improved upon them. The others are crappy phones with poor battery life while good at games, music and general fluffy stuff. I'm getting two full days on a single charge with moderate browsing, no music, no vids, no game playing and wifi off most of the time. Guess I'm all work and not much play with my phone. That is a far cry from 4-5 days on my old Curve however. The larger screens on these devices are the power hogs on these devices. The single largest user gripe with the BBs had to have been the browser. The previous native BB browser just plain sucked. I had been using Opera Mini on my Curve and it was OK, but a heck of a lot better than the BB browser. The new browser is as good as any out there and a total relief from the previous browsers. It was torture browsing. The Torch is a rock solid device that has it's core competencies down pat and addressed the more serious shortcomings with adequate improvements. The Torch is a great productivity tool and a decent gadget. The Droids and iphones are great gadgets but decent to poor productivity tools.
Pros Great touch-screen navigation. Beautiful display. Plays iTunes files.
Cons Not all apps available on previous Blackberry devices are available yet.
Summary Yes, it's trendy to bash Blackberry these days. Yes, the launch of the Torch was somewhat botched. But this smart phone still rocks. If you need to be able to send lengthy emails, edit Office documents, listen to music, watch videos, and browse the web and you won't find a better option.
"Great Smartphone!"on by rgh193
Pros Phone and Messaging
Easy Access to Settings
5 MP Camera
Good Battery Life
Cons Low Resolution Screen
Relatively Slow Processor
No HD Video
Webkit Browser still needs improving
Summary I have really been satisfied with the performance of the Blackberry Torch. There are so many features I love on this phone.
? Great Phone and Messaging Device - Number one priority for a smart phone is calling and messaging. This phone excels at both.
? Notification System - Notifications for apps(email, SMS, phone, Facebook, calendar, etc.) appear in the notification bar at the top of the screen.
? Easy Access to Quick Settings - Tapping the top of the screen brings up connectivity options, alarm settings, and links to other phone options.
? Universal Search - Start typing on the physical keyboard from the home screen to search the entire phone or after typing tap the browser icon to search Google.
? Physical Keyboard - First of all, great for typing. Second, doesn't take up space on the screen (virtual keyboards block much of the screen) so you can view emails, texts, etc. much better.
? So Many Options - OS 6 works well by touch and by using the track pad. Both methods together create a great experience. One place the track pad is very useful for is clicking small links on web pages, because it is very hard to be accurate with your finger.
? Multitasking - Very quick and easy to use. I use it all the time to browse and SMS at the same time. Even works well with many applications running.
? Shortcuts - The physical keyboard is very useful for speed dial, copying and pasting, and the many many other shortcuts in OS 6.
? Physical Keys - (Send, menu, escape, end) Very useful, one major problem I have with some touch screen phones is the lack of these physical keys. Holding the menu key in any app brings up the multitasking screen.
? Well Constructed Slider Mechanism - Smooth sliding action, no wobble that affects usage.
? Webkit Browser - A major upgrade to Blackberry browsing. Best feature is double tap to wrap text so it fits the screen, making reading text much easier. Also has pinch to zoom.
? Customizable Profiles - Sound profiles have many many options. You can change settings for all types of notifications. Easy access to profiles from home screen. The flashing LED alert (which can be disabled) is one of my favorite Blackberry features.
? Wifi Music Sync - Easy and efficient way to transfer music to your phone. Works Great! Has normal headphone jack.
? Social Networking Integration - Facebook, Twitter, etc.
? 5 MP Camera - Takes great photos, has flash.
? Auto On/Off - Conserves battery.
? Visual Voice Mail - Much easier than calling your voice mail to listen to messages.
? Good Battery Life - Will definitely last at least all day even for heavy users.
? Low Resolution Screen in comparison to some other new smart phones. However in my opinion the physical keyboard (because it doesn't waste screen space as a virtual keyboard does) makes up for this most of the time.
? Slow processor (compared to other new smart phones) - However I have not had any problems with lag even when running multiple applications.
? No HD video.
? Webkit browser still is not perfect. I hope the performance on many sites will be improved with new OS updates
The Torch should be great for anyone who wants a very reliable smart phone for calling and messaging with many other great features and apps. This review probably seems fairly long, but I just touched the surface of the many features of this phone. I am still finding new features and shortcuts every day. I would definitely recommend this phone.