• rezn

    This is a sharp review by Simon. You really seemed to engage with the 9800 during the short time of use. I would like to go this route and feel it may be best. On the other hand I know some things will clearly be a let down due to the major overkill from popular BlackBerry News sites. However in working with RIM products and more 3rd party products myself, I think as soon as the HedoneDesign's, Bellshare's and Elecite's of BlackBerry adapt fully it will be the must have device for any true BlackBerry Smartphone geeks like myself. ;)

  • MCL

    Does this new OS have email threading similar to gmail's conversation threading?

    • Simon

      Not so much – it's pretty much the traditional quoted text/original message format.

      But! GMail specifically has its own plug-in that brings in the threaded view. The downside here is that it only works if you open the dedicated GMail inbox, and not in the amalgamated Messages app (which is where you spend most of your time).

  • Shafique Pirani

    Just wanted to say thanks for the review. I’m considering my first smartphone and your review is going to really help in the decision making process. Now I just have to wait until RIM, a Canadian company, decides to make the Torch available in Canada!

  • Tom

    Nice review, can’t make up my mind between this or a 9780. Bit worried about the battery life on this and slow response

  • Dick

    Personally, I’m having problems with the Google Sync app. It works fine after initial installation, but then I can’t make changes to the options after some period of time. And why does it keep adding GoogleSync Test to my contacts list?

    Having used a Curve for a few years, I don’t really like the recessed keyboard of the Torch. Maybe I’ll get used to it.

    I’m not all that impressed with the touch screen. Maybe I just need to get used to that, too. I find myself selecting when I mean to drag, and vice versa.

    I also don’t like the slider aspect, but I’m not really used to slider phones. Maybe it will get better when my Mobi shell comes in later this week.

    Overall, I like the camera. although the pix I took at an outdoor concert the other night didn’t come out very well. The people on the stage came out like ghosts, no matter what setting I tried.

    I do like the universal search and the wi-fi capability. And because it’s a 3G phone, I can now access the Microcell (a new AT&T thing only available in limited markets for now).

    Because it’s so new, some of my former apps aren’t available. My banking app and Pandora are two that come to mind. The phone does come with a Mobile Banking app, but there are only four banks available.

  • Rajesh

    Can any body tell me that when BlackBerry Torch 9800 will release in india and what will be the acctual price in India.

  • http://www.spacyber.com JP

    Yesterday, I was deciding between the iPhone 4 and the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Because of I do a lot of messaging and social networking, we (AT&T Corp. Store Manager and I) decided this was the best way to go. If I were doing more entertainment/media type work (videos, etc.) I would have chosen the iPhone 4 due to the processing speed. However I must say I love the BlackBerry Torch 9800 so far and the love the ability to have all 7 of my emails, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace needs all in one place. Bravo!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Greenberg/100001004410247 Jerry Greenberg

      One big plus I like about the Blackberry phones is the memory card can be swapped out for expansion. The interconnects are not proprietary. The battery can be user changed or removed for a cold re-start. The Blackberry is mechanically a very high quality product compared to most of the other types of phones.

      This is an excellent phone especially for emails and general mobile web browsing. I like both the touch screen keyboard, and the mechanical keyboard. As for serious mobile gaming and gadgets, this phone would not be my first choice. I am a heavy user of this phone for my work and recreation. I tried a number of other types of phones, and my preference was very strong for the Torch.

  • Ninia

    Can anyone tell me if Sprint will be getting the BlackBerry Torch? If so, when?

  • Kevin Kane

    I love this phone.

    Apple and Google seem to have conceded the physical-keyboard market to Research In Motion.

    If you want to type FAST, Crackberry is for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Greenberg/100001004410247 Jerry Greenberg

    This is an excellent phone especially for emails and general mobile web browsing. I like both the touch screen keyboard, and the mechanical keyboard. As for serious mobile gaming and gadgets, this phone would not be my first choice. I am a heavy user of this phone for my work and recreation. I tried a number of other types of phones, and my preference was very strong for the Torch.

  • Rae

    Bought BB torch 9800 2 weeks ago and it wont turn off and it wont change back to home page I am off to where I got today to find out whats wrong

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