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BlackBerry Torch 9800 reviews -- the competition

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Kevin has done his usual monstrous job of reviewing RIM's new BlackBerry Torch 9800. It almost seems hard to remember but before Android came around almost every competitive article here on TiPb was BlackBerry focused, and with the Torch 9800 RIM is hoping to regain that mindshare. Will they succeed? It's $199 and exclusive to AT&T -- familiar ground to US iPhone users. Then they took the best-in-class BlackBerry Bold 9700 keyboard and melded it with the, well, not-so-classy Storm touchscreen, absent SurePress, and gave it a Palm Pre-style slider. Is it the best of all worlds, sum better than the parts?

We'll have to see. The specs don't impress but RIM's genius has always been battery and push messaging, not duking it out with the Apple's and Android's of the world on hardware. Is BlackBerry OS 6 then enough to keep the BlackBerry faithful happy? To bring those who have strayed back to the fold? To convert iPhone 4 users? Check out CrackBerry.com's review then come back here and let us know your thoughts...

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

19 Comments
  • iPhone - COME AT ME BRO'!
  • The icons make it look like its running Windows 98. Ugly. You can do better.
  • It's worse in all ways unless you feel you need a keyboard and default security with storage and management contained in an off shore location.
    In my opinion of course.
  • RIM must have missed that it's 2010, those 2009 specs are pretty weak.
  • Wow, yet another BlackBerry.
    Now I can finally get a BlackBerry with a decent browser that isn't slow as molasses. Or I guess I could stick with my iPhone, which has had one since its initial release three years ago.
  • I think this is a step in the right direction for RIM. From what I see the browser is much better so that's a hug plus for them. This phone doesn compare in the slightest to the iPhone 4, but I like it nonetheless.
    My wife is due an upgrade and she's a loyal bb user so I'll probably get it for her and play with it myself.
  • Nay, I say.
  • Is the new blackberry be available unlocked/
  • I live in Sweden. Nobody has a BB here! They all have Iphone. I understand why.
  • As an ex Curve / Bold user, this "argument" has no value at all. Ask a Chevy guy what he thinks about Fords, ask a Ford guy about Dodges, and see what you get. What the BB does, it does very well. What the iPhone does, it also does very well. They are not the same phone, nor were they ever meant to be. I have heard several phones called iPhone killers, but I don't think I ever heard the original iPhone called a BB killer. It wasn't then, and it isn't now. I had a Curve before I got my 3G, and I bought the Bold when it came out, and carried it for a while, went back to the 3G, and now have a 4. The iPhone has a lot of great things about it, and so does / did the Bold. I could shoot video with it. It had a flash. Now, the 4 does. What I really liked about the BB was that it was a "stand alone" phone. You didn't need a computer to do anything. Just took a pic? You can name it, create a folder for it, and move it to the folder all on the phone. You can't even move pics from the camera roll to an album on the 4. With the iphone, you are dependent on a computer for your life line. As to ease of "getting around", the 4 wins hands down. Touch and go. It's like the truck thing....Ford has a Powerstroke and Dodge has a Cummings. Which do you like best?
  • The Blackberry is No more.
  • No rubber band?? I'm getting this phone then.
  • Step in the right direction. But not all the way there. Seems like RIM is learning at least.
  • Hands down- Blackberry will always survive. There are tons of users out their (like myself) who just need to have that physical keyboard. And Blackberry's keyboard design is the best!
    Now having the best of both worlds....with the touchscreen and the keyboard? Well for those of us who don't want to let go of the keyboard, we are jumping at this phone.
    And yes- those of you who have boughten into apple's world (I won't buy an apple computer- so I sure as hell won't buy an apple phone), then you can say what you want against all other competitors. But through and through- once a Blackberry lover, always a Blackberry lover. You will not sway us.
  • @scott
    Finally, someone that makes sense!
  • RIM is still following.
    They're not thinking outside of the box.
    Only immitating what's out there.
  • Thi is a beuutifull phone and i would to have it for doing my job.
  • Iphone = Multimedia + gaming (Entertaining)
    Blackberry = Business (Work)
    You choose, cheers
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