Ice Sculpture of a Blackberry Cell Phone
The Blackberry Torch 9800 is being released. CC by jagermo/Flickr

The Canadian company that manufactures Blackberry devices is planning to release the Blackberry Torch 9800 in August. On Aug. 12, the Blackberry Torch will be released on the AT&T network. New features that have been built into the Blackberry Touch have some customers excited, but reviewers do not seem happy.

What’s behind Blackberry Torch 9800

The features that Blackberries are loved for have been maintained in the Torch 9800. The QWERTY keyboard for the Torch 9800 is hidden in a slider. There is updated firmware for messaging and web browsing. There is a very similar look, feel, size and weight between the Blackberry Torch and previous models of Blackberry smartphones. The security features that Blackberry phones have become known for are also in place.

Updating firmware on the Blackberry Torch

The Blackberry 6 operating system has been written and implemented for the Blackberry Torch. This update includes several features that Blackberry users have been asking for. Universal search and social networking have been built in by popular request, which should help the Blackberry Torch compete with other smartphones such as various Android-supported models. Reportedly, the new WebKit browser keeps data usage to a minimum. Users can also customize their phones with developed add-ons from the pre-loaded Blackberry App Store.

Blackberry Torch 9800 concerns

Research in Motion, the company that makes Blackberrys, may well find itself fighting for market share, even with the Blackberry Torch 9800. No frills interfaces and strong security make the Blackberry popular with government and business customers. RIM appears to be courting more of the consumer market with the Blackberry Torch. The new Blackberry Torch 9800 has a tiny screen with low resolution, though, and an e-mail interface that is reportedly very clunky. These together may prove to be the downfall of this Smartphone maker, even though it really started the Smartphone movement.

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