The two Storms from BlackBerry sucked. Those touchscreen phones were made simply because the iPhone was taking over everyone’s minds. BlackBerrys were known for the keyboard and their heavy duty messaging features. What’s a BlackBerry without a keyboard? It’s like a car without wheels.
So when the BlackBerry Torch was announced, it seemed like a good thing because it had best of both the worlds: a touchscreen AND a full keypad. And it had the latest BlackBerry OS 6, which added all fancy features. At least fancy to see on YouTube.
I got my hands on it and after spending just a couple of days with it, I can safely add it to the same list as the shit Storms. Here’s why:
- The phone is BIG and HEAVY. This is even more of a problem when you slide it up. The lower keypad part is light and it’s not very easy to balance the heavy top and type comfortable for long durations.
- The touchscreen adds absolutely no value whatsoever to the BlackBerry experience. OS 6 is simply a flashy skin with transparencies to make it look cool. You’ll end up using the trackpad more often because it’s more precise than touching. So what’s the point of the touchscreen?
- The 5 megapixel camera takes pictures that aren’t as good as the ones taken by the 3.2 megapixel one in the Bold 9700.
- The famed ‘Social Feeds’ app that brings together all your Twitter and Facebook and whatever else into one feed may sound like something all us social media nerds might love, but what’s a social app that can’t show you just your Twitter replies and your Facebook inbox messages? Pointless. The official Twitter and Facebook apps work better.
I like the normal BlackBerrys like the Curve 8900 and the Bold 9700. They work. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 doesn’t.