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Blackberry Torch 9860 Unlocked Smartphone

June 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 170

Recent reports have shown there's life left in Research in Motion (RIM), the first company to release a truly smartphone some years ago. The early Blackbrerry phones operated under a unique operating system and maintained a staff that wrote professional-grade applications for their devices.

It is true that one was limited to the level of the Blackberry Operating System offered at the time in their phone, but, it was equally true that this was the same situation faced by purchasers of the iPhone who were and still are locked, primarily, into Apple's iOS. However, recently Apple indicated there may be an application coming forth that could allow some other apps to operate on the iPhone and it is likely that Blackberry OS 10 will likely do the same. In fact, there are apps written for Apple that allow you to listen to Pandora sound so it isn't far-fetched to think that the newer versions of the Blackberry OS will also offer the same flexibility.

That is one of the items to note about the Torch, its flexibility. In the world of WiFi (Wide Fidelity) most phones and older devices are limited to WiFi standard 802.11 a/b/g meaning they offer slower speeds, however, since the Torch operates in all WiFi modes, including "n", it means that one can have high-speed upload and download capability, plus the ability to set up the Torch as a limited WiFi hotspot to host other phones.

Another key to the Torch is its fixed keyboard. While other iPhones use touchscreen-based QWERTY-style keypads, some even resorting to styluses, the Torch has a real keypad available, just under its own 3.7-inch high-contrast color Liquid Graphic touchscreen. And while you really can't use the keyboard for much more than quick thumbing to type texts and emails, it is still faster and surer to enter your data through a keyboard than an onscreen pad.

The Torch camera is a fine piece of equipment and allows you up to 5 MP images and while this certainly is lower than the 8 MP cameras that are appearing today, it is still respectable. All of the settings are handled automatically.

Driven by it's a proprietary 1.2 GHz CPU, the Torch includes 4 GB of internal memory, which is more than enough for several apps and even streaming music as the Blackberry offers Bluetooth stereo streaming ability. Indeed, it also offers GPS and other location-based capabilities. Altogether, this is a nice piece of work and while it may not be the ultimate in smartphones, it still was the phone that showed the way. Others are just following the path it laid down nearly a year ago when this was truly cutting edge. Now, it's a little less cutting eduge, but it is still a fine piece of work.

Roberto Sedycias works as an IT consultant for ecommUS

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