"The best phone out there. Second to none."5.0 starson by clkcrawford
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.