People love leaked OS images and ROMs exactly because the community can tear them apart, extract all the goodies and then make them available to the masses without the wait — or for people that would otherwise not have access to those bits.
It just so happens that a leaked BlackBerry Torch OS contains new and updated versions of RIM’s own instant messaging applications. The software refreshes are for Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk and AIM. Following the source link you’ll be able to grab these applications given you are running BlackBerry [...]
New images of the rumored Blackberry Bold Touch show it in comparison to the previous generation Bold 9700 and the Torch 9800.
In the image above you can see the differences in shape between the new Bold 9900 (right) and the Bold 9700 (left). It has a new more rounded shape with a thin silver bezel. Also shown is the change to capacitive buttons and what appears to be a front facing camera.
Here you see the Bold Touch 9900 (bottom) has a thinner and sleeker shape than the Torch (middle) and the Bold 9700 (top)
The Blackberry Bold Touch 9900 is reported to [...]
Following the initial reveal of the Blackberry Torch 2’s supposed spec-boosted hardware, BGR has gotten the opportunity to try out the new Torch first-hand, and it looks like the big CPU speed bump over the original Torch, along with the inclusion of BlackBerry OS 6.1, make for a greatly improved smartphone experience.
While the first Torch ran at 624MHz, the Torch 2 will be clocked nearly double that, up to 1.2GHz. The BlackBerry’s display is also getting the same kind of makeover, with a higher-density screen that drives nearly twice as many pixels. BGR [...]
It’s been a while since I’ve used a BlackBerry. My first experience was with the BlackBerry 8820 a few years ago. Today, we’ve got the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 to review, which RIM calls its best BlackBerry phone ever. It’s the first device with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, and the software design is much better than it has been in the past — but is that enough, and are the differences significant?
Here’s the unboxing for the BlackBerry Torch.
The new BlackBerry Torch is running a [...]
AT&T sees some welcome price drops today, with several mid to high-end smartphones getting reduced. The price drops could signal new devices pending announcement, or perhaps is related to the recently announced AT&T purchase of T-Mobile.
For Android devices, we have only the Samsung Captivate seeing a drop at $99.99. BlackBerry checks in with the Torch at $49.99 and the Curve 3G at $29.99. Finally we have two WP7 devices, both at $49.99, the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. All prices are with a new activation or upgrade on a 2 year service contract and require a minimum [...]
BlackBerry users running the latest version of RIM’s operating system can now feel extra secure that the data on their phones is safe from prying eyes, as the US Government just awarded BB OS 6.0 Federal Information Processing Standard certification.
The FIPS 140-2 certification for BlackBerry devices is nothing new, as the government’s been reviewing the software for years. Each time it changes, though, it has to go back through the process to make sure that it’s still handling data in a secure manner.
Specifically, the folks at the National Institute [...]
With Black Friday just a week away, news of upcoming deals has already started arriving. AT&T is joining in the celebration of capitalism with a weekend full of themed sales, including the opportunity to get some online-only deals on smartphones.
The two days that promise to be the best chances to pick up a smartphone bargain are Saturday the 27th and Monday the 29th. On Saturday AT&T will sell select models of refurbished phones for a penny apiece (with contract, of course). The company isn’t providing a full list of which handsets will be featured in the sale, [...]
AT&T has announced some new colors for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. From November 7th, the Torch will be available in red and white. Currently only available in black, these new colors will be a welcome addition to the fashion conscious BlackBerry user. The new colors are exclusive to AT&T.
The BlackBerry Torch is a high end touchscreen device with a slide out portrait QWERTY keyboard. The screen is a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 360 x 480 pixels. The BlackBerry Torch runs the latest Blackberry operating system OS 6.
We had previously reported of the Canadian BlackBerry Torch release date as September 24th, but now we’re hearing that may not be the case for all carriers. The BlackBerry Torch is now said to be coming to Bell Canada on October 1 while carrier Telus is only listing the device for pre-order and coming soon without exact availability.
Regarding the delay with Bell, there isn’t any information as the cause for the launch to be pushed back by a week, come October 1, Canadian Blackberry users on Bell Canada can obtain the Torch for $199.95 on a 3-year contract and [...]
It looks like AT&T’s extensive Windows Phone 7 lineup reveals possibly six Microsoft devices. Engadget has obtained information that HTC and Samsung will be among the early Windows Phone 7 makers to launch devices on AT&T, to launch the Samsung Cetus, HTC Surround, and a yet unheard of Samsung Focus. Additionally, there will be three additional Windows Phone 7 devices to join the early Samsung and HTC launches on AT&T.
The carrier will also be colorizing its BlackBerry Torch smartphone offerings with a red/black color scheme, a pure white offering, and also [...]
When it rains in Canada it pours, apparently, as three separate carriers from up North have joined Rogers in announcing a September 24th release date for the OS 6-powered BlackBerry Torch 9800. Telus, Bell, and Virgin Mobile will all release the touchscreen slider simultaneously with Rogers, although none have joined Rogers in announcing a release price (which is $199 on a three-year contract from Canada’s second largest network).
While four carriers may be adding the native son Torch to their lineups, there’s little any of them can do to combat the largely negative [...]
Research in Motion’s latest flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch, which debuted on AT&T first, will soon be making its way back to RIM’s home country of Canada for a mid-September launch across the major Canadian carriers if rumors are to be believed. Speculation has it that Telus will be launching the device on September 16 and now retailer Future Shop is showing the Torch in their systems for carrier Rogers for September 15. The screen capture shows a price of $999, which would most likely be a placeholder until actual pricing information is available, perhaps [...]
Investment powerhouse Goldman Sachs is saying that Research in Motion’s latest BlackBerry entry, the BlackBerry Torch, is underwhelming.
The Torch employs a portrait-oriented slider form factor, a first for RIM, and also is the first device to utilize the BlackBerry 6 operating system, which has been re-designed to be more finger-friendly and compete more effectively against the iPhone and Android devices.
According to Goldman Sachs, AT&T stores are not selling out of RIM’s latest smartphone flagship and that many Torch owners are upgrading from earlier [...]
It’s been a couple years since I’ve last used a BlackBerry, so a number of things have changed since then. The Torch is supposed to be the best BlackBerry ever, but it seems there are a few issues with the software. Check out our quick video tour below to see what we’ve found included with the BlackBerry Torch.
The universal search is a great feature and should be very useful. Unfortunately there are a lot of issues with the BlackBerry 6 OS that may keep others away. There are little glitches and bugs here and there including a very reproducable [...]
We just recieved a box from BlackBerry. Guess what we’re going to do with it. Yep, it’s another unboxing. This time, it’s the new BlackBerry Torch, which is supposed to be the “best BlackBerry ever.” We’ll see about that, but in the meantime, check out what’s in the box. You get all the usual suspects including stereo headphones, micro-USB cable, and even a screen cleaner cloth. Unfortunately there’s no included case, but I really like the extra compact USB AC adapter. A pre-installed 4GB MicroSD card is nice to have too.
Last night, a Windows Phone 7 prototype appeared on the Engadget Show along with the new BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry 6 operating system. Joshua Topolsky compared the web browser on “the best BlackBerry ever” to the Internet Explorer on the unfinished Windows Phone 7 running on demo hardware. Unfortunately for BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 was clearly superior. Even though the BlackBerry was using 3G and Windows Phone 7 was using WiFi, Windows Phone 7 was much faster and responsive when zooming, panning, and re-rendering content while the BlackBerry appeared almost [...]
RIM announced the new BlackBerry Torch today and we were at the press event in New York City for the announcement as well as a little hands-on time with the new device and new BlackBerry 6 operating system. If you want to see the full announcement with all the highlights about both the BlackBerry Torch and the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, we’ve got our video below. If you’re expecting crazy reality-distortion-field-style applauding after every little new feature (as some of the speakers seem to expect), you might be disappointed.
A few of the crowd [...]