"This is NOT an I-Phone... It's a BlackBerry!"4.0 starson by BillNYC
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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