The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is expected to arrive on AT&T tomorrow, but before the release date, we will take a quick look at what this supposed iPhone / Android killer is all about.
The processor speed still seems to lack behind that of the current 1GHz processors out there, which also takes its toll on the BlackBerry 6 OS, which seems a little too fast for the phones current hardware specification. Some say that the phone ‘locks up’ on occasion, but this can probably be fixed with a little firmware update.
Screen resolution also seems to be a little down the pecking order when you compare it to some of the higher end smartphones on the current market.
Overall, the BlackBerry 6 OS seems to be a very welcome addition, and something that the BlackBerry world has needed for a while. Animations seem smooth and transitions from one interface to another is almost seemless with the occasional slowdown.
Browser and multimedia browsing pinch-zooming is a sinch, although does not react as fast as one would like.
If you are already a current BlackBerry user, you may also find small issues with the keypad as keys feel really small comparing to that of the BlackBerry 9000 for instance. The virtual keyboard does seem to be a winning feature of this phone, being responsive and sometimes a little too sensitive.
It’s hard to convince myself why a current iPhone or Android user would want to switch to the BlackBerry on looks alone. The build also seems quite a heavy one. Almost on par with the Storm.
I guess we wont really get to grips with this phone until it gets a full release where a more in depth review will be on the cards.
Check out some of the unboxing images via the source, or watch the embedded video below.
Have you played with the Torch yet? What are your first impressions?