Review: BlackBerry 9800 Torch
RIM has given the music application a modest refresh. It can be best described as less "menu-y" and more "graphic-y." Now, when viewing artist, album, or song lists, album art is displayed next to the file or folder in question. The result is a more visually pleasing experience.
The player has also been overhauled in a very positive way. Once you've chosen to listen to a song, the Torch automatically displays cover art in a coverflow appearance for the current playlist. This means that while you're listening to the music, you can scroll through your library visually via album cover art. It's neat, and I like that it is built directly into the player, and not just the outer music menus.
The music player can be sent to the background and users may listen while doing other things, such as browsing the web. Incoming calls pause music, which resumes once the call is disconnected.
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There are some advanced options, but not too many. There is an audio boost; captions can be turned on/off; and music can be enhanced when the Torch is used with headphones. Music playback quality was excellent over the speaker, and better through headphones. It also didn't sound too bad via stereo Bluetooth speakers.
BlackBerry Desktop 6 is a handy tool for the Torch, which lets users more easily sync media. Users can also do so via Wi-Fi, rather than USB. This is great if you happen to forget your USB cable.
AT&T Music and Slacker Internet Radio are also installed, if they're your thing.
Aug 3, 2011
AT&T and Research In Motion today announced three upcoming 4G handsets that will be added to AT&T's smartphone lineup over the course of the next few months. First is the BlackBerry Torch 9810, an update to last year's 9800.
Dec 11, 2012
Wi-LAN has filed a lawsuit against Research In Motion alleging that the BlackBerry maker is infringing on a single patent related to Bluetooth technology. Wi-LAN says a number of RIM's smartphones, such as the Bold, Pearl, Storm, and Torch, infringe on the patent.
Mar 28, 2012
A company called Graphics Properties Holdings recently filed a lawsuit against Apple, HTC, LG, RIM, Samsung, and Sony, alleging that the companies' products violate its intellectual property. Specifically, the lawsuit covers a patent pertaining to how mobile devices process data and text into pixels on a display.
Apr 3, 2012
Research In Motion was hit with a lawsuit by NXP, which alleges that RIM's BlackBerry Torch, Curve, and Bold smartphones infringe on six of its patents. NXP wants sales of the devices halted, and compensatory and triple damages.
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