When it comes to top of the line portable technology devices, the makers of the BlackBerry family of devices have doing it for quite a long time, and generally they deliver some impressive and useful gadgets. The upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9800 at first glance seems to carry on that tradition. This entry into the world of smartphones provides a bunch of different features, and just might help the company gain some ground on the Droid X and the iPhone 4. While there is a long way to go in that respect, anyone loyal to the BlackBerry Brand should enjoy the Torch, as it should provide an easy to interact with experience, and has a sleek look that helps it’s appeal.
The BlackBerry Torch offers a 3.2-inch high-resolution touch screen. The on-screen navigation can by accomplished by an optical track pad as well. The presence of a slide out QWERTY keyboard is interesting, but very nearly a BlackBerry staple feature. The presence of the 5 megapixel camera is nice and will feature constant autofocus, image stabilization, and flash, which should make taking pictures literally a snap. The phone is also set to perform VGA grade video recording. Playing any type of media should be a breeze, and depending on how well the new operating system, BlackBerry 6, runs operating the phone and its many features should be easier than ever. Of course, anyone who loves great apps will likely want to bump the phone up in memory to a 32GB micro SDHC card right away. The next generation messaging with group functions should make keeping in touch much simpler, and the speed of the phone should be impressive as well.
Of course, the BlackBerry Torch is not without a few downsides. Mostly on the high-resolution screen, which could have been higher definition and a touch larger. While the Torch looks sleek and visually pleasing as it is, a little more space would have been appreciated. The VGA video is interesting, as the competition seems to be heading the high definition route. Finally, the slide out keyboard seems a little cramped and tiny. Still, with those minor complaints, as long as the new OS holds up, the BlackBerry Torch should something of treat for any fan that is looking to upgrade. However, it is unlikely that any iPhone or Droid X users will be crossing over and picking up the Torch right away, but who knows exactly what the future holds. This is a nice offering from BlackBerry with official release and price yet to be determined.