Pros Awesome keyboard and killer email while featuring a plethora of new features including a proper touchscreen, upgraded 5 megapixel camera and the highly anticipated BlackBerry Torch 6 operating system.
Cons This phone was built for AT&T and will launch exclusively with AT&T in the United States, and internationally on other GSM carriers.
Summary Only with AT&T... - the first BlackBerry Torch 9800 with a touchscreen, slide keyboard, and BlackBerry 6 OS. For people who prefer the style with which BlackBerry Smartphones get things done, BlackBerry 6 OS Torch is the best BlackBerry operating system to date by far. After booting up a BlackBerry Torch device for the first time you'll automatically be whisked into the Setup Wizard which has undergone a major overhaul. On the BlackBerry Torch, clicking on the Continue button from the initial Welcome to BlackBerry screen takes you into a brief video tutorial that shows you how to navigate the homescreen and use gestures. While an improved setup experience is welcome, the first BIG BlackBerry 6 change you'll notice that really impacts the everyday use of the phone is the new homescreen. While the changes are subtle at first glance (it still looks like a BlackBerry) there are quite a few things going on here other than the new coat of paint on the icons (which do look pretty sweet in my opinion). In addition to the application shortcuts, the BlackBerry Torch 6 homescreen experience also features are AWESOME!!!!
From there, the main Setup screen has been partitioned into three sections: Setup, Personalization and Help & Tutorials. The Setup section should ensure new BlackBerry users are ready to rock and roll on their new phone as soon as they hit the device homescreen, and I hope the Personalization section means we'll see less BlackBerry owners rocking the default ringtones and wallpapers (BlackBerry Torch 6 includes a whole bunch of new ringtones and alert sounds to boot!).
BlackBerry Torch 6 gives off the impression that the operating system before you is a lot bigger than the physical piece of glass you're looking at. Perhaps the most valuable homescreen improvement made to BlackBerry Torch 6 is the addition of Universal Search. It really has fundamentally changed the way I use my BlackBerry. When you touch and hold down on the display, the pop-up menu displays the most popular options. Long story short, the BlackBerry browser no longer sucks. Instead of thinking apps, apps, apps, sites, sites, sites I really just think people and news. BlackBerry Torch 6 is far and away the best BlackBerry OS to date.
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Pros Nice size touch screen, large enough for media entertainment yet still small enough for pocket carry.
A huge upgrade in the media arena.
Maintains excellent call quality
Cons Screen lock is a little too easy to engage by accident.
Download screen and frequent screen make the home screen a little clumsy to navigate, they seem unnecessary and unable to remove.
As with all BB's the Icons are hard to distinguish between.
Summary The Torch moves the BlackBerry from a tremendous productivity tool to a productivity tool with excellent multimedia advances. The BB continues to set the standard for the ability to customize a smart phone to the users individual taste and needs. The vast BB options menu allow you to tweak the phone in near endless ways ie profiles, alerts, customizing of contacts, BlackBerry remains second to none.
The 5mp camera is strong enough to be a complete replacement for a point and shoot camera. Picture quality is extremely good. The video camera is excellent as well, though not as impressive as the still camera.
I have read several complaints about the screen resolution. This may simply be the most ridicules complaints I have ever seen on any phone. Even with a screen protector on my Torch video and picturing viewing is amazing. Most everyone complaining of the resolution has read the spec sheet and if you did not know the actual spec resolution you would not know you had anything to complain about. On a screen this small the resolution is more than acceptable. I still have my old iPhone and compared it to the Torch and the video was noticeably more pleasing on the torch, though that is simply an opinion.
The new browser, run by OS 6, is a huge leap forward compared to previous BlackBerry models. The larger (touch) screen along with the ability to view full web pages and a much faster browsing experience make the Torch a much more useful internet tool than any BB before it.
The mp3 player is another leap forward for BlackBerry. Sound quality is excellent. The BB mp3 player has always been ahead of the curve in sound quality and the Torch is no exception, and is on par with my Zune. The visual experience of the mp3 player is much more fun and pleasing than before and is very easy to navigate.
With the Torch, BlackBerry remains superior in the area of PDA. I am simply an average every day smart phone user, not a corporate user or a kid that uses my phone mainly as an entertainment device. I do not use an enterprise email account so I have little to say about the Torch as a corporate device. I do however use my BB to tether myself to the world as I travel all over the DFW area daily and am rarely at my office. The messaging abilities remain excellent. The ability to use multiple different types of virtual keyboards along with the slide out keyboard allow this phone to be customized to any users particular needs. Call quality and reception strength in low coverage areas remain among the strongest in the industry. Between my personal and work phones, on separate providers, I have had several different smart phones from different manufacturers over the past few years and BB remains the best in connectivity and call reception. As a PDA the BB needs a more useful alarm clock in order to set multiple alarms, this is a real weak spot with BB but can be remedied with an alarm clock app available at BlackBerry App World or Crackberry Superstore. However you can set as many alerts as you want through the calender, which I find easier to navigate with the touch screen on the Torch than my previous Bold 9700. I mostly use the phone, calender, memo pad, alarm clock, BB messenger, 3 email accounts, browser, camera, video camera, voice notes, and calculator. All of these options run great on the Torch, some complain about the touch screen lagging a bit which may be true but only if a micro fraction of a second is an issue to you. As far as I am concerned the phone is plenty responsive and any complaints about the responsiveness of the Torch are simply nitpicking.
Third party apps. Every BB owner should have a reset app on their phone set to reset the phone every day, this keeps the phone running smooth every day without doing a dreaded battery pull regularly. Another must have on every BB is the Addonis app. This app adds options to the BB that should already be there, like call firewall, caller blacklisting, wifi auto off. I use a weather app, Facebook, Pandora, Poynt, Twitter, Snaptu, Fox news, Pocket Express, Screen capture, Super Launch, a Bible app, and an app to my favorite radio station daily and all these apps run great on the torch, in fact it runs Pandora better than any previous BB I have owned and the Facebook app is much more pleasing on the larger touch screen.
If you every wanted a larger screen on you BB but were unwilling to give up your beloved manual keyboard, as I was, this is the BB for you though I am becoming accustomed to the virtual keyboard. This phone is first and foremost a productivity tool to get your daily objectives done, but it is also an excellent multimedia device with excellent picture, video and sound quality. This will be my phone for some time to come.
Pros * Best sliding mechanism (super-smooth) I have ever felt in a mobile device
* For enterprise customers, gives smartphone & touch-screen functionality w/ legendary (ask Saudi Arabia) BlackBerry security
* Very good physical keypad
* Great battery life
Cons * BlackBerry App Store is still behind the momentum leaders (Apple & Android) (but time will tell...perhaps it will be more business-focused)
* Form factor still on the large side (but still smaller than an EVO 4G, for example)
Summary REAL REVIEW- have actually used one
* Bottom line, I like the Torch a lot.
* Not super groundbreaking, but brings a refreshing touch to BlackBerry options.
- Believe this will be a big hit with enterprise customers as well as those who like the utility of the BlackBerry. (Security, battery life, enterprise-email-friendly plus enough of the new breed of smartphone functionality)
* BlackBerry 6 OS is a big step up
* Very solid feel typical of BlackBerry
* Best sliding mechanism (super-smooth) I have ever felt in a mobile device
* Responsive touchscreen
* Not as "cool" as Android or iPhone, but that's not typically part of a BlackBerry user's m.o.
Rating: 4 of 5
Pros Excellent keyboard
Phone features are good - I can hear others well and they can hear me excellently
Screen is better than I expected
MUCH faster than reviews led me to believe
Cons A bit heavy
Battery takes longer to charge than previous phones (might be defective battery, I'll check with AT&T)
The speaker phone volume could be better
Summary I've had a bunch of phones, including several Blackberries. At home, we also have iPhones (3GS and 4). I needed to get the Torch for work because the IT department only supports Blackberries. Reading negative reviews, I thought this meant my only choice would be an inferior product (my last phone was a BB Tour, and while it had its pros, the browser was very weak).
Boy, was I ever wrong. I am actually very impressed with the Torch. The device is faster than I expected, the screen is actually not bad at all, and the keyboard is simply amazing. BB 6 works well, although I'm still learning all the features. The browser is much much much better than on previous BB's. Also, the phone features are good. People tell me they can hear me very well, and I can hear them fine. My only complaint on this score is that the speaker function should be louder. I use it while driving, and my previous Tour had better speaker volume.
I'm still playing around with the device (only had it for a week and it has a lot of features). Haven't used the camera/video camera enough to really judge, and still playing around with apps. Also, need to see why the battery takes so long to charge (this happened to me before with another phone; replacing the battery fixed the problem, maybe same situation). But, overall, I am very pleased with this phone.
Pros The touchscreen is amazing. Very responsive. Combined touchscreen with blackberry keyboard is unbeatable. New OS 6 is more intuitive and even improves on the overall experience of a blackberry. Optical touchpad HUGE advantage over every other phone.
Cons I wish this was on a different network than AT&T. Not as snappy and quick as other OS's out there but definitely not slower than previous blackberrys. Wish there was more OEM accessories available right now but I'm sure they'll come
Summary My expectations of this new Blackberry Torch were pretty low just based on all the negative reviews I've seen. But after I picked it up and brought it home I can say with a clear conscience that not only is this the best Blackberry to date, but for most people its the best phone on the market. First I'll talk about the positives. WOW. RIM really knocked it out of the park with this phone. People all use their smartphones for different things these days but the common denominators such as texting emailing surfing the web posting status updates etc, this new Torch does all of them the best. You CANNOT BEAT A PHYSICAL KEYBOARD. No touchscreen with "Swype" technology, no predictive text, no T9 can replace a physical keyboard that you dont have to even look at to type on. I type 90 wpm on a regular keyboard and 75WPM on a QWERTY blackberry keyboard, so being able to type fast accurate and confidently is the most important thing to me and there is no other phone that comes even close mostly because they are all touchscreens. BUT now that I have a full touchscreen I have the best of both worlds. One advantage of this touchscreen versus others is the optical touchpad. I have big fingers and that was one of my problems with iPhones is when selecting text to highlight or clicking on a link I would always end up hitting something else. Very frustrating. But with this new Blackberry touchscreen you have all the fun swiping gestures and thumb slides and zoom features like any other touchscreen but you can also get exact and precise with the optical touchpad. Very cool. The Blackberry OS is great and I think RIM is being smart by not trying to emulate other phones while also keeping up with what cool things people are using their phones for these days. Blackberrys are cool too the media just adores the iPhone and Droid even though Kanye West Justin TImberlake Paris Hilton Barack Obama T.I. Justin Bieber JayZ Lebron James Kobe Conan Katy Pery Lady Gaga and the list goes on and on of celebs that own and use and love Blackberrys. Thats THE A-list crowd too. The only con in previous blackberrys was small screen but thats been fixed now with this good size touchscreen. One of the cons that I have been hearing that is pretty ridiculous is screen resolution. I dont watch HD movies on my phone and with the exception of phones on the 4g Sprint network, 3g isnt even close to fast enough to stream high resolution videos. iPhone 4 videos from youtube espn facebook etc. dont look any better because the videos are all the same resolution and look the same on any phone. Not to say that this phone's screen is lame either cause its not. Its a little higher than my Bolds resolution and theres noway you can watch the demo videos on the Torch or Bold and not be impressed. The screen is great. So bottom line, if you want a phone that gets stuff done as opposed to plays silly games then this is the one for you. If you want a phone that combines good looks with the reliability of Blackberry then this phone is for you. And if you want to be able to do everything you want (text email status update surf web) faster and easier than other phones, than you cant miss with this one. The Blackberry Torch is a winner.