RIM last week unveiled a new handset: the Torch, alongside with BlackBerry “OS 6”. Will the phone keep RIM in the smartphone race? Or will it fizzle out in a few months, much like the Palm Pre?
Hardware Packs a Punch
|161.59 g / 5.7 oz (includes battery)
|– 512 MB internal flash memory
– 4GB built-in storage memory
|– 4GB microSD card included
– Supports up to 32GB microSD card
|1270 mAhr removable/rechargeable cryptographic lithium cell
|GSM Talk Time: 5.5 hours; GSM Standby Time: 17 days
UMTS Talk Time: 5.8 hours; UMTS Standby Time: 13 days
Audio Playback: 29.8 hrs
Video Playback: 6 hrs
|Physical keyboard: 35 key backlit QWERTY
Touchscreen keyboards: portrait/landscape full qwerty, condensed portrait
|High resolution touch scree
Half-VGA+ display (360 x 480 at 188ppi)
3.2″ (diagonally measured)
||– Capacitive traditional touch screen (no SurePress)
– Optical trackpad
|5.0 MP camera, flash, auto focus, face detection, image stabilization, scene modes, 2X zoom, video recording
|Normal Mode: 640 x 480 pixels
MMS Mode: 176 x 144 pixels
|Integrated speaker and microphone, hands-free headset
capable, Bluetooth headset capable, integrated hands-free speakerphone
|Integrated GPS with A-GPS (assisted GPS) ready
|Video format support: MPEG4, H.263, MPEG4 Part 2 Simple Profile H.264, WMV
Audio format support: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, OGG
Ringtone format support: 32 polyphonic – MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV
||Wi-Fi Band: 802.11b/g/n, support for UMA (carrier-dependent)
|Bluetooth v2.1; Mono/Stereo Headset, Hands-free, Serial Port Profile, Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP) and Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported
|3.5mm stereo headset capable
|SKU1 UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6)
SKU2 UMTS: 2100/1900/900 MHz (Bands 1,2,8)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks
OK, so hardware is good? And a new OS? Great. But here’s the problem:
It’s much improved. The Torch brings a sleek hardware design, without sacrificing a keyboard. Also, OS 6 brings tons of new features, like a WebKit based browser, a sleek interface, newer email code, and less bugs.
It’s more of the same. It’s the same BlackBerry, and even if it’s OS is greatly fixed, there’s not much new to look at. The hardware makes no major leaps, and we wonder if RIM has lost it’s grip on the market.
Verdict: If you use Blackberrys, BUY.
Blackberry users should be excited.
Yea, it happened, it’s real, and you might hear the faint relief of Verizon. The Blackberry Storm 2 has officially been leaked to the interwebs, even though there is no specs to report as of now. However, one thing is for sure: SurePress is GONE.
If you don’t know, SurePress is the technology that gave the first BlackBerry Storm a “clickable” in which you had to actually press down on the screen to activate something.
Well, turns out it wasn’t the best. Even so, it’s gone now, and the new Storm is reported to have a touch screen meaning a touch sensitive and super responsive screen just like it rival, or sibling (what ever side your on) the iPhone.
Obviously thanks to CrackBerry for the pic!
Although it is not as good as the Curve 8900, BlackBerry Cruve 8520 does have something that no other BlackBerry does. It has an optical trackball instead of the spinner. Besides that, the phone is not that special. It runs EDGE and does not have 3G. It will most likely be a Pay-As-You-Go phone. For a full review, visit CrackBerry, whose editors got hands on this early and got it reviewd already.
Research in Motion (RIM) just confirmed the second Storm to come out, but it may not necessarily be called “Storm 2.” This seems like an early confirmation considering Storm has been only in the market for about six months. RIM says the Storm is doing great in sales, and they hope to do it again with its “Sequel.”
RIM has been dominating the smartphone market. In Q1 of 2009, BlackBerry Curve 8300 series surpassed the iPhone 3G in sales. The Storm came third, which is followed by the Pearl.
1. RIM BlackBerry Curve (all 83XX models)
2. Apple iPhone 3G (all models)
3. RIM BlackBerry Storm
4. RIM BlackBerry Pearl (all models, except flip)
5. T-Mobile G1
According to NPD, a lot of the BlackBerry sales came from the “Buy one get one free” deal from Verizon. I wonder what Verizon is going to do with the Storm, when or if they are able to have the so called “iPhone Lite.”
[Thanks to CNET and CNET]
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