The Blackberry Torch looks like a nice form factor for a phone. I like the idea of a larger screen, but I’m not willing to give up a real keyboard to get it. This looks like the best of both worlds. Unfortunately it is only going to be available for AT&T at first. It looks like this is mainly aimed at getting a phone to compete with the iPhone.
Here are a couple of the hardware highlights:
- 5 Megapixel camera
- Slideout QWERTY keyboard
Not only is the Blackberry Torch phone new, but the operating system is new as well. It sounds like it will be pushed out to other phones in the future, but the curve line of phones doesn’t appear to be on the compatibility list. This seems a little odd considering that the track pad version of the curve is something like a year old.
The operating system on the Blackberry Torch seems to be targeted at “social functions” (like everything these days). The browser looks much more like what is on the iPhone and similar to what Opera is like on current Blackberries. It allows for the multi-touch style UI where you can pinch and unpinch to zoom.