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Top message:  Not Upgradable to QNX ? by tony1168   Sep 30, 2011, 1:35 PM

Replying to:  Re: Not Upgradable to QNX ? by shamrock15   Oct 6, 2011, 7:50 AM

Re: Not Upgradable to QNX ?

by stormsurvivor    Oct 6, 2011, 12:37 PM

Shamrock, your experience with the 9530 with 5.0 is not dissimilar to my 9550 with OS5.0.713.

I did purchase the Torch and returned in a few days later. The form factor, coupled with user interaction determined its fate for me. From a physical standpoint, I was not impressed with the hardware or its design. The device is built with a plastic screen that is way too sensitive for handling and very susceptible to scratching, as opposed to Sure-Press with glass screen on your device....Much more accurate. I found keys on the Torch invoking merely by taking the phone out of a belt holster.

The virtual keyboard earns all the criticism bestowed upon it by leading tech reviews (this site/BGR, and many more). RIM does not design a virtual software keyboard for a rewarding typing experience.

The design of the side keys the OS itself. Those fields showing partial words from the previous screens are downright insulting to the user. That is NOT precision software design. Sure, the specs are enhanced, as is the camera. But for the needs you listed where apps are not the priority and app memory not a crucial factor, there is nothing wrong with staying with your Storm if its still operational.

The 9850 has, by default, been released to become obsolete, as is the OS7 platform in favor of QNX development in a very short time period. That is not encouraging for 2-year contract committment, nor for developers to throw their hat into the ring.

For myself, I have a device that is "loaded to the hilt" and custom equipped. I'd much rather carry around a metal/glass handset than this "stop-gap 9850 release." I will wait to see if they get their "act" on straight. Its really now or never for this company.

Hope this gives you a small overview and something to consider.....

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