The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a bit of an anomaly, much like RIM's previous efforts at an all-touchscreen smartphone. It won't appeal to the BlackBerry faithful, who likely demand a real, hardware QWERTY keyboard (and based on the virtual keyboard packaged with the 9850, rightfully so), and it isn't compelling enough to attract those who are in the market for a smartphone with a big touchscreen.
Touchscreen form factor finally done right
This is the device that RIM should've put out three years ago when they embarked on the touchscreen form factor with the original Storm 9530. As we know, the key to success in the industry is partly related to timing, and it's remarkable to witness that RIM is finally coming around to producing a decent all touch BlackBerry. Needless to say, we're glad to see that they decided to completely drop all the gimmicks found with both Storm iterations.
The $149 BlackBerry Torch 9850 is RIM's best attempt yet at wooing consumers who want a smartphone with a large display but don't want to give up BlackBerry standout features such as secure push e-mail and world phone capability. Still, RIM has a ways to go. For $99, shoppers can take home the EVO Shift 4G, which offers both a physical and a virtual keyboard as well as 4G data and Android's ever-expanding Marketplace.
No doubt, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a lot of phone for $149 with contract. It has all the appeal of a BlackBerry minus the hardware keyboard, and we know that's a deal breaker for some of you (consider the BlackBerry Bold 9930 instead). But if you're willing to venture into virtual keyboard territory and covet the large touchscreens your iPhone and Android-toting friends enjoy, the Torch 9850 has its appeal.
A solid, capable little smartphone
The Torch 9850 is a solid, capable little smartphone, and BlackBerry 7's UI arguably suits the all-touch display most of all. With the 1.2GHz processor RIM's handsets no longer feel like the slowest devices in the pack, and while we'd welcome more metal and less plastic in the construction, the styling is a reasonably successful compromise between classic RIM functionality and the curviness of a consumer device.
With the iPhone 4, Apple again shows that it is a powerful player in the smartphone wars. It won't be for everyone, the call quality and reception remain sticking points, and AT&T remains a sticking point, but the handset's striking design, loaded feature set, and satisfying performance make it the best iPhone yet.
the iPhone 4 is svelte and has a premium feel.
The iPhone 4 is a major upgrade from its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, in everything from the camera quality to data speeds. The iPhone 4 is a major upgrade from its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, in everything from the camera quality to data speeds. The speedy HTC EVO 4G packs in some powerful specs and a variety of multimedia features into a stylish, minimalist design, but not everybody will get to enjoy one of its best features--4G connectivity.
Gorgeous looking phone
Some say the iPhone 4 is the best iPhone yet. I'm not so sure. It ought to be, and on paper it certainly is, but in the flesh it isn't. This is Apple's third iPhone design, yet it feels in some ways like its first. Fixes may come, but for now this is a phone that forces its users to like or lump its quirks.
You just didn't have to do that with the 3GS. You took it out of the box and it worked the way you expected it to.
Voice quality was quite good, even on long speaker-phone calls, and data performance over Wi-Fi was excellent.
Apple has built a beautiful smartphone that works well, adds impressive new features and is still, overall, the best device in its class.
sleek, polished-looking phone
Plenty of smartphones claim to be the perfect for business users. But few can match the business-friendly features found on the HTC Touch Pro2. This Windows Mobile-based phone, which is available in an unlocked version and a subsidized model sold by T-Mobile, packs in plenty of software, some unique business-centric calling features, and a stellar display. You won't find a lot of fun extras on the HTC Touch Pro2, but if you're looking for a business-only device, you likely won't miss them.
high-quality duplex speakerphone
When the HTC Touch Pro2 hit the scene, it instantly became the best business smartphone on T-Mobile's lineup, and one of the best business smartphones you can buy. For the hefty starting price, it better be (for our analysis of the real cost of owning a smartphone, ). But the HTC Touch Pro2 on T-Mobile proves its worth with solid hardware, including our favorite QWERTY keyboard and advanced features all around.
The underside of the Touch Pro2 is constructed from stiff plastic with a metal look, and a prominent external speaker adding a pleasing texture.
Those who can afford the Touch Pro2 will be buying a feature-rich smartphone with a unique conference calling feature and a decent suite of business apps. Those who can afford the Touch Pro2 will be buying a feature-rich smartphone with a unique conference calling feature and a decent suite of business apps.Those who can afford the Touch Pro2 will be buying a feature-rich smartphone with a unique conference calling feature and a decent suite of business apps.
We think the HTC Touch Pro2 may be one of the finest Windows Mobile 6.1 phones available.
We loved the original HTC Touch Pro. Or wanted to, anyway. Though HTC wowed us with distinct styling, a snappy keyboard, and a downright luscious screen, we could never quite get past how clunky the slow the TouchFlo 3D interface felt pasted over Windows Mobile 6.1. At the end of the day, we just couldn’t recommend it. But with a company as prolific as HTC, you seldom have to wait long for a better version.
Excellent full QWERTY keyboard.
With an excellent keyboard and a strong set of enterprise features, the Bold 9650 is ideal for business usersâ?? even though it is lacking a bit in the innovation department. With an excellent keyboard and a strong set of enterprise features, the Bold 9650 is ideal for business usersâ?? even though it is lacking a bit in the innovation department. The best BlackBerry available, the Bold 9700 packs a multitude of features into a sophisticated, slimmed-down design.
inbound sound was very clear.
When you look at the offerings from Verizon Wireless (and Sprint) today, there is no doubt that the Tour is the best CDMA network BlackBerry smartphone on offer today. It has some updated features when compared to the Bold, but lacks the elder BlackBerry's sex appeal, rich looks, and call audio quality. The Tour compares well with the Curve 8900 if you don't mind the extra weight and have no need for WiFi. But for a BlackBerry user on a CDMA network, it doesn't get better than this.
Call quality was very good in my test calls.
The BlackBerry Tour boasts a very fair price, a top-notch design, and some of the best e-mail features around. If it only supported Wi-Fi, the Tour would likely earn my vote for the best BlackBerry smartphone yet. As it stands though, that honor still belongs to the BlackBerry Bold, which manages to offer support for both Wi-Fi and 3G networks.
very decent music player
For the BlackBerry 8830 or the Curve 8330 users, the BlackBerry Tour 9630 is the logical upgrade. The processor is twice as fast and memory more than doubled from the BlackBerry Curve 8330. The Tour gets the new styling and looks great for a BlackBerry. It has a fresher OS, newer web browser and a media player that supports more codecs. You get the same excellent push email and IM experience, and for the business users, the Tour offers many levels of security.
the perfect phone
Targeting the business professional always on the go, whether it’s across the ocean or across town, Canada-based Research In Motion released the first global 3G BlackBerry into the wild. Sharing design features with last year’s Bold and Storm , the Tour marries everything BlackBerry devices are known for with the best Verizon data speeds we’ve seen.
Snappy, Stable OS.
Reliance is selling the Blackberry Tour in India for Rs. 27,990. The Tour delivers exactly what users expect from a BlackBerry: an excellent keyboard; a slick design; and a hearty, messaging-friendly operating system. But at that price the lack of Wi-Fi is seems unforgiveable in a business-class smartphone. Reliance is selling the Blackberry Tour in India for Rs. 27,990.
The Tour 9630 is the fastest Blackberry ever introduced and it is a business smartphone. It has good features and a stylish design. But the lack of the Wi-Fi connectivity increases the cost of Internet usage and data transfer. This is a major drawback of the handset. Also the low battery performance is a downside.
the video quality is really brilliant, thanks for the excellent high resolution screen.
The BlackBerry Tour 9630 is still remains is a piece of excellent work by RIM. The decent display and the useful keyboard make it be the one of the finest smartphone in the market. We can tolerate with the absence of some options in phone, but the lack of WiFi is unforgivable. It is really a big shame for a high-end business phone like this. It could be the biggest weakness of this handset.
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