RIM have announced the launch of their latest offering, the Blackberry Torch 9800, in India. Running on Blackberry’s new OS (6.0), the Torch is packed with features such as a 5 mega-pixel camera, 4GB in-built storage, media syncing over WiFi, HTML5 compliant browser, and support for a host of audio and video file formats. Design-wise it boasts of a sleek 3.2-inch 480×360 capacitive touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a luxurious optical track-pad for smoother browsing experience.
- 4GB built-in storage + 4GB free memory card (expandable to 32GB)
- Optical track-pad
- 5MP camera with 11 unique photo modes
- 3.2-inch 480×360 capacitive touchscreen
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Media sync over WiFi
- HTML5 compliant Web-kit-based browser
- Playback support for a wide range of audio and video formats
- Music playback for up-to 30 hours, and Video playback for up-to 6 hours on a single charge
- 5.8 hours of talk time
One thing’s for sure, the Blackberry Torch 9800 has come here to stay. It has everything you could ask for from a smartphone and beyond that. The only problem, in my view, could be the steep asking price of Rs.35000. Though one might go the distance to argue and justify the price tag, we might not forget that people in India are very conscious in their spending. And even as times are changing and more and more money is being invested in technology by households, shelling out Rs.35000 still seems a big ask, especially with rumors of a CDMA iPhone floating around. I’m sure many people might rather go for an Apple iPhone than for a Blackberry.
Another thing that places the Blackberry below the iPhone, and also below the heavily incoming Android devices, is the lack of an adequate app store to meet the demands of the users. No matter how good a design you have and how nicely a user can socially integrate his/her phone, he/she would still want more and an app store is this ‘more’ that people are looking for. Anyway, the true BB fans would still start saving for the creme de la creme of Blackberry devices, the Torch 9800 and look to satisfy their egos.
Best buy: Rs 35,000
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