"Great! Stylish, Functional Alternative to iPhone/DROID"5.0 starson by CNETRobb
Pros: Sleek & curvy!
TONS of improvements in OS 7-phone, email, text, calendar INTEGRATION!
Excellent signal & voice quality
Better app store functionality
Nifty compass hardware/softwa
Cons: 3G vs. 4G
Verizon's limitation of talk or browse web, but not both at the same time
Limited speaker phone volume
Summary: Just as RIM is sliding into single digit shares, they introduce arguably the best touch-only smart phone to date, one that actually competes very well with iPhone and best Androids in terms of both STYLE (Subtle curves and pleasing textures abound, super thin) and Functionality (nobody INTEGRATES voice, email, text and calendar as well as BB, especially with OS 7 and all it's cool new features).
Add in a fully functional browser (finally) and the speed of the new processor, and you get one very nice smart phone that can more than hold it's own against the new market leaders.
In terms of Apps, you get far fewer, but still PLENTY of high quality options that cover my needs: e.g., Kindle, Rhapsody, PodTrapper, VZ Navigator + BING, Google Mobile, BB + Google Maps, and full range of social media.
So, finally a great modern smart phone from RIM, and I'm just sad thinking how few people will consider the Torch and it's great combination of outstanding style + superior communication/organization experience, having already written off BlackBerry.
My hope is that RIM will build on the Style+Functionality success of the Torch 9850 and stop their slide in the market. Come on guys! You have a unique combination of benefits vs. the market leaders, and finally the OS and Style to compete, so go! Don't force us to join the iPhone Drones with their crappy voice quality and slavish devotion to Apple's rigid world view, or the wild wild (and unsophisticated) west that is Android right now!
Keep giving us a sane but fun alternative that actually works better! Make it easier for folks to create or port quality apps! Keep the focus on quality! Create even sleeker integration among core communication/organization capabilities. Beef up support for streaming media. And maybe, just maybe, we'll continue to have unique and useful alternatives like the Torch.