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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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What Do You Think of the Latest BlackBerry 7 Devices?

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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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A Quick Review of 50 Applications for the BlackBerry Torch

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How many apps do you have on your device? Turns out I have 50. I thought I would go through each one of them with a very quick, one sentence review of each. If you go through the list and know an app that’s better than the one I have, please recommend in the comments. I wouldn’t recommend this many apps as I find the device a little on the sluggish side. If you want your Torch running at full speed, it’s probably best to keep it to a minimal number of apps that you use on a constant basis. Click through for a quick review of 50 apps for the Torch:
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RotationLock App Free For a Limited Time Only So Grab It Now

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Accelerometers are fast becoming a standard in smartphones and with the Torch being a popular current device, there’s probably a lot of users out there looking to lock their screen and prevent it from rotating. There’s also some upcoming devices with accelerometers such as the Monaco and Torch 2.

S4BB let us know that their RotationLock app is free this month on App World so you better grab a copy now while it’s still free. The app lets you lock our screen in the position it currently is in. Ideal when you use your phone as navigator, write an email or watch a movie. Other features include:
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Free Torch for First 10 Developers to Submit an App Using Sencha Framework

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Sencha has released an update to their Sencha Touch framework that enables support for BlackBerry 6 devices. The framework is based on HTML5, CSS and Javascript, and allows developers to create apps that look and feel like native apps. Sencha Touch 1.1 also supports the upcoming PlayBook. To help promote the update, RIM is offering a free Torch to the first 10 developers who submit and app to App World that was built using the Sencha Touch framework.

Learn more about Sencha Touch at their site.

BlackBerry Torch Running Slow? Tips to Getting It Back to Full Speed

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A little while ago my Torch became nearly unusable. I was getting the spinning clock on almost every action and I would get “Uncaught exception” errors often. Even the touchscreen stopped working at one point. The Torch is running smoothly now and I thought I would share the process in case others had the same experience.
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