Blackberry Torch 9860 Got it right this time!
The Blackberry Torch 9860 is an honest effort on the part of the Canada-based mobile phone company to catch up with the rest of those who form the sector. RIM (Research in Motion) has indeed made a conscious and all out effort to bridge the increasing between its more conventional key board toting smartphone device and the market place that is filled to the brim with touchscreen sporting smartphone from Apple and the others that are mainly running on the Android platform.
And this sincerely immediately shows on everything that the Blackberry Torch 9860 smartphone device has and in its overall performance. This is much more than we or for that matter anyone else could say about many other smartphone handsets that have emerged from RIM in recent times.
RIM was kind of late in reacting to the changing situation on the ground!
Talking of why RIM lags behind despite a decent enough entry and a sterling performance thereof, many mobile phone industry experts feel that the company was slow to realise what was happening and took enormously long to react. While the Apple, HTC, Samsung and to a lesser extent even Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG have all long back perfected the technology to churn out touch sensitive screen toting smartphone device, Blackberry phones have only very recently got onto this.
No one knows clearly why this delayed action from RIM happened. Was it over confidence or sheer lack of grasp of the situation developing on the ground itself? It is probably a bit of all these factors. RIM perhaps felt and still feels that its core business segment comprising of corporate executives will stay with it forever. No matter what changes technology brings about in the perception that customers have about what all a smartphone device should constitute.
Well, this is something that is not strictly within the purview of our present subject. The analysis of how good or bad a smartphone handset the Blackberry Torch 9860 is.
The Blackberry Torch 9860 has got it all to go places!
Let us come back to the Blackberry Torch 9860. With the Blackberry Torch 9860, RIM has probably for the first time has managed a near perfect combination of the ideal hardware and software. Here, it is worth the while to mention that from day one, Blackberry smartphones have had excellent hardware. If anything was lacking it has always been the software aspect of it. Well, this shortcoming has been quite clearly removed and the Blackberry Torch 9860 has the best of both the worlds – hardware as well as software.
To begin with, the Blackberry Torch 9860 sports a nice and comfy Android style 3.6 inches wide capacitive touch sensitive screen. The screen is not only pleasing to the eyes but is pretty quick to respond to even the slightest of touches on the part of the user.
That is not all. The Blackberry Torch 9860 has the latest from the Blackberry stable, the Blackberry OS version 7.0 running it as well. To its credit, it can be said that RIM has been working towards finding an answer to the operating software issues affecting the performance of its various smartphones for some time now. The earlier released Blackberry Operating System version 6.0 was the beginning and it laid the base for future developments. Well, that has not taken long to happen either. The latest offering is indeed a fine software marvel that gets lot of things like opening of web pages, multi tasking, etc done in a jiffy.
This has been undoubtedly the single most important development or progress that RIM has made for a long, long time to come. And this is one accomplishment that should set the alarm bells ringing for the Android-based smartphones, if not for Apple immediately.
The 1.2 GHz processor is also capable enough to deliver all the various tasks that are expected of it. But here may be RIM could have been a little more ambitious and gone in straight for a dual core chip set. But there is some truth in the company's stance that dual core processors are not that big a need for smartphone devices.
Even the five mega pixel camera with its auto focus and other related options function pretty satisfactorily. But there is no flash.
Now, for the shortcomings
The Blackberry Torch 9860 like every second smartphone does carry its set of points that yearn for improvement. Let us here look at them.
While, the Blackberry Torch 9860 itself may not need it now, we still that for RIM it is a missed opportunity to have not gone the full distance and equip the handset with a dual core processor.
Had it done so, it would have given the firm that window to extend additional applications that the Torch 9860 currently has. This, as we all know, is another critical area that the competition thrives on.
The fact that the 5 MP snapper does not have flash also robs it of some real utility value when the user tries to shoot video clips or record under low light conditions.
All in all, the Blackberry Torch 9860 does come across as a pretty useful and `smart' smartphone, What is more, even its prices are quite comparable to the competition.