Review: BlackBerry 9800 Torch
One of BlackBerry 6's biggest features is the entirely new WebKit-based browser. WebKit is the same underlying technology used in the Safari browser on the iPhone and the Android Browser on Android handsets. It makes a noticeable impact on the Torch.
RIM hasn't done too much to the way the browser is used. In other words, the options and BlackBerry key work as on older BlackBerries. Users can set the home page, set the default search engine, add/sort bookmarks, subscribe to RSS feeds and so on.
The browser does a much better job at rendering HTML web sites, though. It supports double-tap, pinch-to-zoom, and press-and-hold gestures, which vastly improves the experience and puts it in the same playing field as the iPhone and Android browsers.
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It supports multiple open tabs at a time. The tabs can be accessed by pressing a little button in the upper right corner of the browser window. The tabs are shown in a visual bookmark fashion, making it easier to see which site you're jumping too.
My only complaint with the browser is speed. It felt a bit sluggish to me. Even over speedy Wi-Fi, web sites often took 10 seconds or longer to load. I think most seasoned BlackBerry users, however, will trade a teensy bit of speed for all the added functionality.
The Torch can be customized somewhat by users. Ringers, ringtones, wallpapers, and all that stuff is easy to adjust. RIM's use of ringer profiles is always helpful. It allows users to set up distinct alert actions depending on pre-defined circumstances (Normal, Silent, Meeting, etc.).
The basic theme of the device, which I can't stand, can't be changed unless users download extra themes. Only one theme is included out of the box. BlackBerry themes can be found online, both free, and for a few dollars.
The home screen can also be customized to a certain extent. It's not as vastly customizable as an Android handset, but users can populate the five different screens with a number of apps, shortcuts, and so on. According to RIM, more HTML5 and WebKit-based widgets are on the way, which will further allow users to customize their handsets.
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.
The latest collaboration between BlackBerry Mobile and TCL is the Motion, a large slab that runs Android and boasts BlackBerry's powerful productivity tools. Mobile pros will be happy with features such as BlackBerry Hub and the Productivity Tab, while businesses that deploy the Motion will appreciate the DTEK security software.
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.