The newly released BlackBerry Torch was designed to compete against the other modern smarphones in the market. The Torch has upgraded both its hard and software from previous BlackBerry phones in order to compete against iPhone and Android based smartphones. A lot of the Torch’s features are a first in terms of BlackBerry phones go, but not so much against the other Android phones.
On the software side, it runs BlackBerry’s new OS 6. This updated OS is designed specifically to compete against the other Android phones. It has an updates Webkit based browser, which runs much better than any of the previous versions. Older versions of BlackBerry’s browser were clearly mobile browsers, because of their limited functionality and slow speeds. On the other hand, the Android operating system ran browsers as easy to use as any desktop computer. The new browser really helps BlackBerry catch up to that. The Torch also supports a unique navigation scheme. The large icons on the phone’s homescreen make it easy to navigate the different part of the phone, and it’s all customizable.
On the hardware side, the Torch is clearly a BlackBerry phone. It is Blackberry’s first slider phone, but nevertheless still has a keyboard. Many Android phones are touch-screen only, and so this is one unique feature of the Torch. The Torch also bears resemblance to many previous BlackBerry phones, with its slightly oval design, whereas many Android phones are designed to be a lot more box-y. Although the hardware isn’t completely unique, it’s nice to see people who prefer BlackBerry phones and still want to have Android based features.
The BlackBerry torch is just like any Android or other smartphone in that it needs some accessories. Common types of BlackBerry Torch accessories include BlackBerry Torch screen protectors and BlackBerry Torch cases. You will probably want to protect your phone, to make sure it stays in good condition for a long time. After all, the typical life cycle of a phone is two years, so you will want to make sure it lasts. The Torch is a nice piece of hardware, but it certainly isn’t indestructible, and you will want to keep it safe.
The BlackBerry Torch is an overall great phone. Unfortunately, it’s still a tad bit difficult to point out what exactly makes this totally unique from most Android phones. It mostly feels like BlackBerry’s attempt to catch up with the Android phones, which they did well, but they didn’t really surpass any of them. The biggest difference between the Torch and any Android phone is simply that the Torch is a BlackBerry phone. The Torch has been Android-ized somewhat, but still bears many resemblances, both in hardware and software, to older Blackberry phones, and it hasn’t really excelled above Android phones in any way. That being said, the Torch is a good phone, and is well worth considering getting.