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Blackberry users rejoice! The New Blackberry Torch 9800 is out and available for Sale in India. It’s a different fact though, that in spite of me trying almost every store in town for the past couple of days, I haven’t been able to get my hands on one. Note to those who are planning to buy one themselves: Do not pay the ‘Advance’ Amount to any of those so-called flagship Mobile Phone stores in town. They’ll promise you that you’ll get it the same day but it’s not gonna happen. From what I infer, your best bet would be this Friday (October 22, 2010). I have my fingers crossed though that it might happen today and I’ll have my hands on the new toy from the Canadians.
What do I like about the new Blackberry Torch First:
Well, it has both a touch screen as well as a physical QWERTY keypad. I use to own a Blackberry Storm which by the standards at that time was pretty awesome. But when I traded it for a Nokia N97 (which I do not like a lot, to put it on record) I realized the ease of typing because of a QWERTY keypad. In fact, the lack of a QWERTY keypad in Storm was a major reason people who were pro-Blackberry users did not find it too fascinating. It is one thing to update your status message on Facebook or Tweet using a Virtual QWERTY keypad and an entirely different thing to type out a page long email.
Secondly, it has the new Blackberry OS 6. It’s an evolutionary update vs. an all new operating system, but they’ve crammed more features into and pulled more performance out of the BlackBerry operating system. Sure the home screen looks very similar to Blackberry Storm but it really is not. It is Highly interactive. There’s Navigation Bar and the magnifying glass icon for Universal Search. Then Notifications Preview and the Manage Connections quick access point.
Now that I’ve mentioned the Universal Search, I have to continue talking about it. It’s like the Google Search for your Blackberry: Only more awesome. Sure, my N97 too has a feature like that but the search capabilities and parameters are way overwhelming compared to the Nokia Search. Be it finding a contact, doing up a web search, finding a song to listen to, changing a device option; you can just start typing and Universal Search immediately begins displaying your results.
And talk about a Tabbed Web browser which makes iPhone browser run to mamma. I can go on and on and on, but for the complete list of the Torch’s awesomeness visit Crackberry for the pro review.
Why do I still prefer an Android or an iPhone for that matter over the new BlackBerry Torch?
Now when we’re talking about Phones with 1GHz Processors, why would blackberry put a measly processor? Just like its predecessor Storm the UI is just as sluggish and many blame the processor for it.
Samsung has the Super AMOLED to boast about, Even iPhone has the 960 x 640 Retina Display on their iPhone. What does Blackberry Torch has? A 480-by-360 pixel resolution 3.2 inches dwarf touch screen.
They say it’s the ‘Best Blackberry ever’. Hell ya! But you’re still far behind when it comes to common actions/activities which other Smartphones have offered for so long. It seems that Blackberry has a good job catching up with other smart phones but nothing really, to put it self ahead of them.
Bill Gates once said ‘640 KB memory ought to be enough for everyone’. Well, he was wrong then and Blackberry still haven’t grasped the idea that 8 GB storage isn’t enough. Not even for my nephew in the fifth Grade. Blackberry offers 4GB onboard and 4GB Micro SD Card which makes it 8GB Storage out of the box. You can buy an extra SD Card, but as the High(est) price Smartphone on the street, I would expect much more ‘in the box’.
Blackberry is for the ones on the road – with a Mobile Charger. I hate keeping tab on my Battery. Even its own Brethren Blackberry Bold has more hours than the new kid on the Block. Torch provides 5.5 Hours of talk time at par with the Motorola Droid. And Droid is not even the Flagship Android phone.
Now, no HDMI Output or a front facing Camera? We’re about to go 3G this Diwali hopefully, but no secondary camera means that no Video calls or Skype Video chats on Blackberry. Oh right, Skype is still not available on Blackberry. We have it for others though.
All work and no play? Whenever I’m looking intently at my cell phone with excessive hand movements, I’m playing a game on my smart phone. You think Consultants don’t get bored easily? Well we do, and a lot. Why do you think I’m writing this blog? RIM has played catch up with the big guys so intently that it failed to notice that Gaming is the next big thing on the Smartphones project. Which means soon enough, it’ll do playing catch up again.
Blackberry Torch 9800 is also the first device from RIM to have the new BlackBerry App World store pre-installed. However, BlackBerry App World offers just 7,000 apps, while Apple’s App Store offers a whopping 250,000 applications. Pfft! This was a no-Brainer.