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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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Pachacuti’s Gold: Possibly the First BlackBerry Theme with a Fully-Integrated Game

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The problem with saying “the first theme to…” is that there are so many themes out there and it’s hard to keep track of them all. We’re going to start the conversation with saying this is “possibly the first…” because we haven’t come across anything like this at BlackBerryCool. Pachacuti’s Gold is a BlackBerry theme with a fully integrated game.

The theme includes a hidden object game and you go through the various levels unlocking a new wallpaper with each level successfully completed. There are four levels and your goal is to find for yourself to find the long lost Inca gold of Pachacuti. Decipher the captain’s notes to find the items you need to progress through 4 treacherous levels. Overall, this theme is incredibly innovative and brings the customization of themes together with the fun of casual gaming.

UPDATE: It looks like Pachacuti’s Gold was taken off Bplay a couple days ago. It’s still a very innovative theme and hopefully they bring it back.

The major downside to this theme is that it’s only available for Storm series devices. Grab your copy at this link for $1.99.

Looks Like the Storm3 May Be Coming After All

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Details of the Storm3 are popping up all over the place and it looks like it’s going to come late 2011. Yesterday, we heard rumors circulating that the device was heading to production, and 3D renders have recently popped up that look just like the first images we saw of the device. All of this seems to confirm that the device is definitely coming in 2011. The specs for the device are rumored as follows:
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Rdio Subscription Web and Mobile Music Service Adds More Device Support

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Rdio (pronounced “ar-dee-oh”) let us know that they’ve added support for the Curve 85XX, Storm and Torch. If you’re not familiar with them, Rdio is a subscription music service that lets you listen to as much music as you want from the web or your phone, even when you’re offline. The service also has a social component that lets you discover music through friends or influencers.

Rdio Unlimited costs $9.99/month, and supports both web and mobile use. Rdio Web costs $4.99/month, and supports web use only. Check out Rdio at this link.

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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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.