With a touch screen, a full keyboard and a refreshed OS, the Torch 9800 is an excellent comeback device for BlackBerry
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the first device that comes equipped with the brand new BlackBerry 6 Operating System. RIM has certainly worked hard on bringing the look and feel of the OS to modern times by replacing icons, adding multiple home screens and a notification bar that can be tapped to show your notifications. The following video shows some of the features of OS6.
As you can see in the video, there are many things that are new about BlackBerry 6. I found the Universal Search to be extremely helpful in not only finding information stored on my phone, but also on google for both international and local searches. In fact, I used Universal Search to launch applications or go to a particular control panel option- it works a bit like spotlight on Macs. RIM has also improved the on-screen keyboard and typing on it is much faster than the SureType technology found in Storm and Storm 2 models. Its still not as good as the iPhone’s onscreen keyboard which I think is the best, but its still pretty good.
Web Browsing is obviously one of the biggest changes in the OS. In fact, the reason Torch is named Torch is because that was the name of the company that RIM bought that made this browser. It’s a webkit based and thus sites now look much more like they’re supposed to compared to how they were on older models. People used to the older single column style of layout might crib but this is the future of mobile browsing bringing BlackBerry very much in line with Apple and Android.
Two more things worth talking about in the BlackBerry 6 are contextual menus and social tools. Contextual menus now pop up in a grid style allowing you quick access to actions that might be most related. Social Feeds aggregate your RSS, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace updates into one list showing you whats happening in your social world. Moving forward, I think RIM will open up the architecture for Social Feeds so external applications could possibly plug into it as well such as LinkedIn.