The BlackBerry Torch was something that I’ve been waiting for since the day the photos was leaked last year. It has the touch screen, plus keyboard. What got me interested was the fact that it has a big touch screen, and second, the keyboard hides behind that large screen.
The keyboard is big enough, somewhat comfortable, and the operating system can be tweaked better. Below are the list of Pros and Cons:
The Torch Reminded me of Verizon VX6600 by HTC that I used to have back in 2006. It has the same slider keyboard, and big touch screen but it’s a Windows Mobile Phone.
Back to the Torch; the Torch 9800 has it’s pros and cons:
1. The Design is really nice
2. The Keyboard slides out
3. Virtual Keyboard if you are lazy to slide the keyboard out
4. The Camera is 5mp
5. Pictures taken with it is crisp with it’s auto focus
6. Multiple Categories by sliding to the right or left, reminds me of the iPhone Graphical User Interface
7. Navigating with the touch screen is faster than with the Trackpad.
8. Video size are bigger and crisper
9. Browsing is now so much easier than with OS 5
10. Battery last 2 days with normal use
1. Hard to press qwertyuiop if you have big fingers, you might hit the bottom of the touch screen area
2. The OS is a lagging, it takes a second or two to hit the ESC button or the Red End Call Button to multi-task
3. I get a constant memory low message due to tab browsing; I only have three open tabs in the BlackBerry Browser
4. Some Software that used to work with the Bold won’t work
5. BlackBerry App World application is limited due to incompatibilty of the OS 6 and Screen Resolution
6. Slider last 150,000 before it breaks
7. Using the Touch Screen sometimes lag by a second or so
8. The auto focus on the camera can go a little bit wonky if it’s too bright or too dark
9. With GeoLocation on, after the picture is taken, it takes a while for it to get back to snap mode. Turn off GeoLocation if you are inside, it’s fast if you are outside.
With OS 6, the only thing I notice was a big change was the Browser and Graphical User Interface (GUI). The GUI is more friendly to the touch, if RIM had put in a faster processor rather than the one from the Bold 9000 and Bold 9700, the OS would be snappier. Another thing that I really like is that RIM finally put in a better camera, the problem before was that the auto focus is useless, or non-functional.
If you have Shortcut on while at Home, the shortcut keys have changed for OS 6. For mail; the next mail is P, for previous mail is N. To go to the top of the mail is T, to read Unread mail is U.
The rest of the shortcut keys are all still the same while you are HOME with the HOME Shortcut keys On for OS 6:
A for Address Book
L for Calendar
U for Calculator
M for Mail
N for BlackBerry Messenger
Y for Yahoo Messenger
T for Task
G for Google Talk
F no longer works for Profile Switching
O for Options Settings
I for AIM
V for Saved Messages
C to Select Contacts
X for Windows Live Messenger
H for Help
D for Memopad