Blackberry Torch – First Impression

I got the Torch today.  I have been a Blackberry user for many years now, but the anticipation of opening up the box this morning was almost magical.  And after one full day – I can say I am pleased with device.  Favorite things so far:

  1. The larger screen size is fantastic (especially with my visual impairment)
  2. The touchscreen seemed foreign at first, but now I can’t imagine using a BB without it.
  3. The AT&T U-Verse app is outstanding!  It is a HUGE step up from the simplistic web interface I was using previously on the Bold.
  4. Social networking isn’t just added on anymore – everything comes installed.  The “social feeds” from FB, Twitter, MSN Messenger, and BB Messenger are all integrated together and easily accessible.
  5. The new BB desktop manager makes it easy to synch music, videos, and photos.

There are still a few things I am trying to figure out.  I don’t know how to move applications to other … not sure what BB is calling them (folder, tabs, etc).  I also wish I could change the behavior of the top left “screen lock” button to be a full device lock function (prompting for password).

This device probably will not satisfy the true die hard Apple iPhone lovers, but it is a great leap forward for any Blackberry user (assuming you are okay with AT&T’s network).  Now If I could just get them to throw in a free femtocell for the house.  More detailed observations to come once I have used the device for a solid week.

1 Comment »

  1. jdbarney said,

    August 14, 2010 @ 5:27 am

    One additional thought (that can’t wait a full week). I’m finding lots of existing apps that aren’t quite ready for Blackberry OS 6. A prime example is my RSA SecureID software token. The latest version (from June) will install and launch, but once you enter your PIN number and ask it to generate a token code – I get a blank white screen. I don’t blame RSA, but I do blame RIM & AT&T a little.

    These two partnered up to bring out this great new phone. AT&T even went so far is to get the U-Verse team on board to launch their app the same day the device launched. What about the rest of your software partners RIM? Did you forget about them? I think you did. This will get fixed in time, but a more successful launch involves sharing new OS updates with your partners before the launch so that they are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with you on launch day.

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