Review: BlackBerry 9800 Torch
The Torch comes with official Facebook, MySpace and Twitter applications pre-installed. Each works well enough of its own accord to keep users in touch with their circles of friends, family and colleagues. RIM and the developers of these apps have done a decent job of integrating them across other parts of the Torch.
For example, all the social networks report new messages to the notification feature of BB6, which displays the number of unread messages at the top of the home screen. The social networking apps are also integrated into the contact app and messaging functions. Need to call a Facebook friend, but don't have their number in your BlackBerry contacts? No problem-o. The number is available in the Facebook app (if the person has put it there).
If you don't like these options, the mobile web sites are always available, and there are numerous Twitter clients for the BlackBerry platform that can be used, rather than the first party one.
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There is also a Social Feeds application that streams status updates and posts from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and user-defined RSS feeds. If you'd like to consume all your social networking in one spot, this app lets you do it. It's not the most robust app I've seen, but since the native apps are already on board, it feels a bit unnecessary to me.
In sum, the Torch easily handles the social networking basics, as BlackBerries have for a while now.
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