Excellent phone, highly recommended product
It is an excellent phone – OS6 is definitely change for BlackBerry (BB) – excellent user friendly features making it depart from spartan design of the past and getting it much closer to the likes of iPhone and/or those with HTC’s sense... Still, it kept most of the great communication features of BB’s of the past, as well as the fantastic BB keyboard. Good thing is that visual enhancements haven’t taken away that feeling of snappy response on command as it was before. Many of the features usable even on networks without BB data plan.
Still, the desire to have both, the large touch screen and to keep the keyboard has brought in some unwanted side effects. The phone is now much thicker than any other BB model and feels much heavier. I am generally not big fan of sliding mechanisms, since it is usually the place where phone breaks down fastest, especially if the exploitation ratio is high, but whether that is the case or not is something I will have to wait, since the phone is still fairly new.
Overall, it is an excellently crafted phone, definitely BB’s flagship.
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BlackBerry and touchscreen haven’t previously been a great match. The first touchscreen phone from the Canadian email masters was the Storm, well-named because it went down like a wet weekend. There was much to like, such as the click-through touchscreen that confirmed each finger press. But it lacked wi-fi, was horrible to type on and the software was unforgivably flaky.
More than that, you had to ask why the company that made the best keyboards on any portable device had delivered a product without any keys at all. This week, BlackBerry’s owner Research in Motion announced the Torch: a touchscreen BlackBerry with, wait for it, a slide-out keyboard. The best of both worlds, perhaps.
The Torch looks like a businesslike Palm Pre Plus – which is no bad thing – but with BlackBerry’s familiar grid of icons. This has had an overhaul to make it look what RIM is calling ‘fresh and familiar’ as part of the new operating system, version 6, which aims to be more user-friendly to newcomers. BlackBerry has a markedly different system from other phones and does take some getting used to. While this new OS is glitzier and more intuitive, it’s an organic development from the earlier one. If you have a BlackBerry Bold or Bold 9700, by the way, the new OS will work on them too and should be available soon.
Universal Search is a handy feature on the phone. Just start typing and the software automatically looks for everything relevant, including contacts, emails and more. If there’s nothing in the device, you’re offered links to Google and other sources. Palm pioneered this but BlackBerry has added extra destinations like YouTube. It’s a highly efficient way to find things.
The new OS also has an internet browser which is massively faster than before. Multitouch is now supported so you can pinch to zoom as on the iPhone.
Of course, the key benefits of BlackBerry are preserved: gold-standard email delivery that’s fast, efficient and secure, an unbeatably usable keyboard and the cost-effective BlackBerry Messenger. Wherever in the world you are, you can send unlimited instant messages to other BBM users at no extra cost – something that’s been adopted happily by backpacking students wanting to text home for free as much as savvy business users wanting an immediate conversation of messages with colleagues.
If you’re not keen on touchscreens, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is still very hard to beat, but this is a highly impressive business phone.
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