Review: BlackBerry 9800 Torch
BlackBerry App World has been updated to version 2.0 on the BlackBerry 9800 Torch. What's different? Not a whole lot at first glance. Basic navigation of the store remains the same, with featured apps front-and-center, and access to categories and top 25 lists buried in the options menu. The biggest improvement is support for carrier billing. This means AT&T customers will be able to purchase apps from App World and have the charges applied to their monthly wireless bill.
App World is still sparsely populated when compared to the Apple App Store and the Android Market, but it is much better off than Palm's App Catalog or the Windows Marketplace. There are thousands of applications available for download, including many of the must-have apps such as Pandora, etc.
There is also a ridiculous AT&T AppCenter on board the Torch. This app store, which itself must first be installed, offers users access to insanely over-priced wallpapers, ringtones, and so on.
The Bluetooth functions of the Torch worked perfectly. Pairing with headsets, speakers, other phones and PCs was a snap. Call quality through mono Bluetooth headsets was a little bit iffy, but bearable. Quality of music through stereo Bluetooth speakers was pretty solid. Passing files back and forth between other handsets or computers was not a problem.
The BlackBerry clock application doesn't appear to be changed. The 9800 has a really nice analog clock that takes up nearly the entire screen if you want it to. Too bad that's not the default screen when the device is sleeping. You have to manually select the clock to see it. If the device falls asleep when the clock is open, you'll see the time nice and big when you wake the 9800 up. During most regular use, you're stuck with the smaller digital read-out that's at the top of the screen. In other words, it's a pain to check the time on the fly.
Alternately, you can set the Torch in "bedside mode". This essentially assumes that you're going to place the Torch on a nightstand within arm's reach when you're in bed. It will show the clock and let you interact with the alarm. Bedside mode can also be activated when the Torch is charging, which means the clock is visible any time the Torch is plugged in.
The Torch is pre-loaded with AT&T's $10/month navigation service. It offers voice-guided turn by turn directions, and does a good job at it. If you're cheap like me and don't want to give AT&T another $10 per month, you can stick with Google's free Maps for Mobile. Google Maps for BlackBerry, however, doesn't offer voice guidance or turn-by-turn directions. It will provide directions from point A to point B, but only in list form. It is capable, however, and works well. Google Maps also works as a good search tool if you want to find stuff nearby.
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.
Aug 3, 2010
The new BlackBerry Torch, expected to be revealed today at an event with co-sponsor AT&T, has been revealed on an AT&T Web site. The upcoming phone will be a QWERTY slider with a 3.2-inch, HVGA touchscreen display and an optical trackpad.
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.
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.
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.