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BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 Review: The Full Touchscreen Torch

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After I first heard that RIM was making another attempt at a full touchscreen device I got excited but then remembered that Blackberry fans felt let down with the launch with the storm, then the storm 2. Those devices definitely left a sour taste in my mouth when it comes to RIM making a full touchscreen device. However, I believe the success of the Torch 9800 played a big part in the making of the Torch 9850/9860. RIM saw that there was a market for touch screen BlackBerrys and decided to go ahead with the full touchscreen Torch. I would say that the most impressive features of this device are Liquid Graphics and the powerful 1.2GHz processor. Read on to get the full scoop on RIM’s first successful full touch screen device.
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New Salesforce HTML5 Site Expected to Work With BlackBerry 7 Devices

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Salesforce has announced that it will be launching a new version of salesforce.com that is redesigned to work with touch screens. The site touch.salesforce.com will use HTML5 and will allow you to access the site from any smartphone or tablet, including BlackBerry 7 smartphones (as seen in the screenshot after the break). Click through to keep reading.
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5 Cool Things We Can Expect From RIM in the Next Few Months

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First Impressions of the Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9850/9860

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BlackBerry 7 fan night
More pictures from the event available from PhotoJunkie.ca.

First of all, can you believe these model numbers? RIM couldn’t have made them more confusing. I have been writing about BlackBerry for years and I simply cannot remember what device they’re talking about when they say 9850, 9860 or 9810. The 98xx doesn’t even represent the same device anymore. You used to be able to write 97XX and you knew the 9700 and 9780 both looked the same, but not anymore. From now on, we’re going to refer to the devices by name only. The following seem most appropriate:

Bold 9900 = Bold Touch
Torch 9810 = Torch 2
Torch 9850/9860 = Storm 3

Recently, we attended the BlackBerry 7 Fan Night in Toronto and we had an opportunity to get some quality time with RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 7 devices. There are a lot of things to say about these devices with some Pros and Cons for each of them. Generally, these devices are everything we saw last year but turned up around 40%. The user experience is faster, with homescreen switching and app launching all happening much faster (Liquid Graphics), and the web browsing experience is also much faster. The Torch 9850 and 9860, aka the Storm 3, seems to be RIM bringing back the all-touch experience (with trackpad), and it’s probably the most risky of the BlackBerry 7 devices.
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Possible BlackBerry Storm 3 Specs Revealed: First 4G BlackBerry

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The upcoming BlackBerry Storm 3 is still very much in the rumor department but some specs have been compiled which lead us to believe the Storm 3 has been delayed to get ready for QNX integration. An OS update would make this device pretty sweet, and could do a lot for the Storm brand (which we’ve actually heard is getting dropped). The new specs include:

  • Camera: 5MP, 2592×1944 pixels or 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, fixed focus, dual-LED flash
  • Memory: 8 or 16 GB storage w/ optional expandable to 32GB, 512 MB or 1GB RAM, 1 GB ROM
  • Display:  3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • GPRS: Class 32
  • Optical trackpad
  • Ringtones: MP3, WAV ringtones
  • MP3: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
  • 3G: HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
  • Addons: Wi-Fi, USB, GPS, OS, Video
  • Weight: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
  • Talktime: Up to 432 h (2G) / Up to 480 h (3G)
  • Standby: Up to 9 h (2G) / Up to 5 h (3G)

So what do you think? Again, the specs aren’t going to blow anyone away but coupled with the QNX integration could make for a cool smartphone. One other rumor is that the Storm 3 could be the first 4G BlackBerry, coming early 2011.

Analyst Report Describes 2 Upcoming Touch BlackBerrys and QNX OS Rollout

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blackberry torch with qnx os mockup

A Jefferies analyst note recently discussed two upcoming Storm series devices. We have heard rumors that the Storm series will be killed from a marketing perspective, so perhaps these devices will be part of a new line entirely, or perhaps will be given individual names. In any case, it’s a little too early to tell.

The analyst report says we could see the launch of a non-haptic touch “Storm 3″ in late November, followed by the PlayBook which is rumored to launch in late February/early March. The non-haptic touch “Storm 3″ will be similar to the Storm2 refresh we’ve been hearing about which is rumored to be canceled (typical blog story: a rumored device is rumored to be canceled).

There is also a rumored BlackBerry scheduled for the first half of 2011, which has an “iPhone-like form factor, but slimmer” and could be running a QNX OS like the PlayBook. This would coincide with what RIM has said will be a full portfolio transition to the QNX OS, which the Jefferies report says will happen by the 2nd half of 2011.