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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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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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What Do You Think of the Latest BlackBerry 7 Devices?

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blackberry torch devices

RIM announced the latest BlackBerry 7 devices and it looks like they’re showing off a new Bold and 2 iterations of the Torch. The latest devices feature the following core benefits:

  • Faster browsing
  • Proprietary Liquid Graphics technology for seamless touch screen navigation
  • Voice activated universal search
  • New augmented reality experiences that can be seamlessly integrated with BBM 6
  • A comprehensive list of pre-installed apps, including: BBM™ 6, BlackBerry® App World™, BlackBerry® Balance, BlackBerry® Protect, and more

The first thing that struck us when we saw the list was a lack of mention of the Touch Curve, but that may be coming later. It’s also a little strange that the full touch device with a trackpad, the Torch 9850, got the same branding as the slider keyboard. You would think that they should be separate so that when someone says “did you get the new Torch?” you actually know what device they mean. Consumers hate model numbers but RIM can’t let go of them for some reason.

Here is the lineup of devices:
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