The scalloped individually mounted keys feel secure and responsive and the layout is excellent.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is another classic BlackBerry that ticks all the boxes we'd expect; the keyboard's great, the screen is small but very sharp and nice to look at, messaging facilities and call quality are superb, and you'll get days of use out of it. However, it's not much of an upgrade compared to the Bold 9700 and is starting to look a bit behind the times.
good viewing angles
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class email capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a safe phone, based on a trusted model (the Bold 9700), and anyone that’s looking for reliability and ease of use will not be disappointed with it.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is a safe phone, based on a trusted model (the Bold 9700), and anyone that's looking for reliability and ease of use will not be disappointed with it.
the external speaker is very good, having more body than many other rivals.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is an improvement over the 9700, which was an excellent device in itself. The inclusion of more RAM and a new operating system brings a device that runs faster and smoother than previously, but feels as though it is already slightly out of date, especially when you start examining the multimedia offering.
good viewing angles
For current BlackBerry users who aren't interested in a touchscreen device, the BlackBerry Bold 9780 comes highly recommended: it possesses a great keyboard, best-in-class e-mail capabilities and a refreshing new interface. However, it offers little incentive for others to switch to the BlackBerry platform.
Picture quality was surprisingly good when we tested the camera outdoors.
The BlackBerry Bold 9780 offers an unparalleled QWERTY keyboard and the new OS 6 addresses a number of key complaints we had in the past, including the browser which was seriously behind the times. This makes it one of the best non-touchscreen QWERTY smartphones in the market.
Great battery life
We were fairly impressed with the Samsung Vibrant the first time around, and the Galaxy S 4G is pretty much the same phone with faster data speed and video calling abilities. Even in today's market the Galaxy S 4G slots in the upper echelon of handsets, even as the Galaxy S II is set to launch soon. The market is moving at a breakneck pace these days, and high-end handsets almost seem cookie cutter.
Call quality was very good in my test calls, made over Sprint's network.
Samsung introduced a handful of Galaxy S smartphones this summer, and all of them are impressive. The problem is, however, that most of them are so similar that they can be hard to distinguish. But not the Samsung Epic 4G. This powerful Android-based phone packs in two features that none of its siblings offers: support for high-speed 4G networks and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard adds some bulk to the phone, and the 4G supports boosts its price, but both additions are welcome.
Out of the Galaxy phones I've tested, the Epic 4G is definitely the best, and it's certainly one of the top Android phones available.
The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support. The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support. The standout of the Galaxy S phones, the Epic 4G offers some enticing features like a physical keyboard, front-facing camera and 4G network support.
The black plastic back of the phone has specks of silver in it, a nice touch, and it's pretty easy to pop the cover off should you want to access the battery or memory card.
With the arrival of the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint now has the best one-two smart phone punch of any carrier. The Evo 4G is great for those who don't need a physical keybord and want perks like HDMI output and a built-in kickstand. It also has a more elegant interface and better widgets. However, the Epic 4G packs a more impressive display--despite its smaller size--and one of the best physical keyboards we've used into a lighter design.
Sprint's second 4G Android smartphone is a winner, and we continue to be impressed with Samsung's Galaxy S line. The keyboard is wonderful, the display is dreamy and build quality is solid. Though 4G coverage and speeds aren't sending us into paroxysms of joy, Sprint's 3G EV-DO Rev. A coverage is solid and fast enough to thoroughly enjoy this largely Internet-centric Google phone. And the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU is extremely fast-- there's no lag here.
colorful, glossy 4-inch AMOLED screen
In the universe of Samsung's Galaxy S phones, Sprint's Epic 4G, may be the brightest star, and not just because it's the only 4G model of the bunch. The Epic is shockingly light, considering it's a third thicker than the other also abnormally lightweight Galaxy S models, because of its slideout horizontal keyboard. But that keyboard elevates Epic's superiority over not only its Galaxy S siblings but over Sprint's first 4G phone, the EVO 4G, to which it is more appropriate to compare.
The Torch represents RIM's most daring hardware and software to date.
The BlackBerry Torch symbolises RIM's attempt to move into a new era. A combination of new form factor and overhauled OS suggest it is keen to prove it can keep pace with the breakneck momentum behind Android and iOS adoption. The problem is while some lessons have been learnt others are painfully ignored and the age-old BlackBerry office functionality remains the primary pulling point.
attractive and well-designed phone
Will the BlackBerry Torch be the light that guides lapsed CrackBerrys back from their touchscreen migration?. Will the BlackBerry Torch be the light that guides lapsed CrackBerrys back from their touchscreen migration?Will the BlackBerry Torch be the light that guides lapsed CrackBerrys back from their touchscreen migration?.
the Torch gives excellent, crisp voice conversation with plenty of volume.
Whether or not you believe the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 from AT&T is as revolutionary as RIM’s TV ads imply, depends on what side of the smartphone divide you’re on. If you’re a current BlackBerry user, you’ll find the Torch a quantum improvement over RIM’s last touch-screen attempt, the Storm, and an amusing alternative to BlackBerry’s suddenly quaint non-touch interface.
If you demand physical call and end call buttons you’ll have no complaints -- making a call in the Torch is always a quick affair and the on screen dialler buttons are large and clear.
If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Blackberry user, or simply have no choice thanks to corporate restrictions, then you can move it to with confidence. For everyone else, it’s a case of move along, there’s nothing to see here -- and that’s a shame.
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