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Hands On With the BlackBerry Torch 9800 126

Posted by kdawson
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adeelarshad82 writes "Research in Motion announced the company's first slider-style BlackBerry, the Torch 9800, which is also the first BlackBerry with both a touch screen and hard keyboard, and the first device to run the new OS 6. The Torch feels and looks very much like a BlackBerry, with the proper BlackBerry Bold-style arrangements of plastic, metal, and glass; there are also BlackBerry fonts on the keys and the now-standard BlackBerry trackpad. The Torch's 3.2-inch, 360-by-480 screen is a standard capacitive LCD touch screen. The screen is bright and sharp, but it's obviously behind the competition in terms of resolution. The Torch has a 5-megapixel camera with VGA video recording, Bluetooth 2.1, 512 MB of program memory, 4 GB of built-in storage, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The Torch has the same 624-MHz Marvell processor as the existing BlackBerry Bold. The new BlackBerry 6 OS adds touch to the interface mix. RIM appears to have totally rewritten its media apps. There's a new Desktop Manager coming with BlackBerry 6, and a Social Feeds app that combines Twitter, Facebook, and various instant messaging conversations."
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Hands On With the BlackBerry Torch 9800

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  • Re:WebKit (Score:3, Informative)

    by moosesocks (264553) on Tuesday August 03, 2010 @04:30PM (#33129668) Homepage

    No kidding. Have you ever tried developing for the BlackBerry browser, or the Widget API, which uses the same rendering engine? Netscape 4 is literally more capable and standards-compliant by comparison. It's virtually unusable to do anything beyond bare basics with JavaScript or CSS (and even then, behavior is often inconsistent and unreliable).

    The Widget API is also perplexing in its own right. Although it supposedly uses the same rendering engine, its implementation of the DOM is slightly different from the Browser's. In short: a nightmare.

  • Re:Blech (Score:3, Informative)

    by rabbit994 (686936) on Tuesday August 03, 2010 @04:59PM (#33130122)

    We have had opposite experience. We do provide work iPhones and support them. iPhone users we never hear from again about Email. Blackberries on other hand are constantly loosing connection to BES, BES looses connection to mailbox, reset their BES account, clean out their Blackberry queue, it's never ending ticket queue.

    Between most sysadmins I know, their dislike of BES is pretty universal and we wish they would embrace ActiveSync like everyone else.

  • Re:Blech (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 03, 2010 @06:04PM (#33131102)

    RIM is like Microsoft: not the best made stuff, but business adopted it so it's a standard of sorts.

    Well, that depends what you mean by "best".

    The blackberry platform is the most secure, strongly encrypted mobile email/internet platform out there.

    The blackberry platform has been audited from end-to-end [blackberry.com] & certified by the governments of Canada, USA, UK, Austria, New Zealand, Australia & Turkey, along with NATO and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology in Germany.

    Iphone has been audited by... nobody.

    No other mobile email platform has the level of logging that blackberry offers, and some companies (particularly investment banks) need to track all communications with clients.

    There is a reason the governments of Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates are thinking to ban the blackberry and not the iphone.

    Not everyone is interested by or needs that kind of security. But some do need that, and no other mobile email platform comes close. Not iphone, not nokia, not android, not palm pre.

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