"The best Blackberry, until you use the virtual keyboard"3.0 starson by tndk90
Pros: Fast, snappy interface. Crisp, clear graphics. Rock solid encrypted Blackberry email and data services.
Cons: The horrible virtual keyboard, the lack of compatibility with older BB apps.
Summary: RIM brought out a great smartphone, with one horrible flaw. This is quite possibly the worst virtual keyboard on any smartphone ever designed. Blackberry has traditionally been a platform where the keyboard rules, but RIM's lack of investment into a virtual keyboard that is quick, responsive, and lack of accuracy is the death of this otherwise great phone.
I tried the BB9850 for less than two weeks before I had to switch it out, but let's start with the positives.
1) Perfect reception. This phone seemed to have the best reception of many new phones I've tried.
2) BB07 is the best OS yet on this platform, it is quick, the "liquid graphics" interface is slick, and it is easy to use
3) The screen is gorgeous, and it is the largest yet on a BB platform.
4) The Torch 9850 has what you'd expect from BB: the best battery life in the smartphone business
But the drawbacks are stark:
1) Virtual keyboard unusable
2) Lack of 4G support for this price range ($199 starting price with two year contract)
3) BB07 looks much more slick than previous versions, but what isn't acceptable is how incompatible it is with older software. There are literally only 200 or so apps in the app store that are available to work on it, compared with the many thousands on the BB06 OS.
If it is available, I'd rather use the Torch 9810: a slider with a real keyboard, and that'd make it a platform to still use.
Looks like the 9850 is nice to look at, but if you can hold out for RIM's QNX based BB's coming next year it is worth the 4-6 month wait. The 9850 is too little, too late.