Just as the world was beginning to wonder whether BlackBerry would ever be able to drag itself from a rather dry spell in the Smartphone market, parent company RIM have gone ahead announced no less than four new devices slated for imminent US release, which include the full touchscreen BlackBerry Torch 9850 and the more conventional Bold 9930.
Needless to say, RIM’s history when it comes to touchscreen handsets has been less than impressive to say the very least, with the initial effort coming by way of the BlackBerry Storm being pretty much cast of into the abyss immediately due to the awkward touch/click-screen interface. The second iteration, that being to Storm 2, was certainly an improvement but by no means a showstopper in face of the competition.
Thankfully, it seems RIM have finally learned one or two lessons and put them to good use in the new Torch 9850. The latest attempt sports a 3.7 inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz processor and dual CDMA-GSM modes for world travelers. Prices match the mid-range specs pretty well, weighing in at $149.99.
RIM have been keen to boast the extensive upgrades to their new lineup, but at the risk of sounding like a broken record, all most really want to know is whether they can stand up to the high-end options of Android and Apple. Sadly, while there is little doubt that BlackBerry devotees will be well and truly in their element, the answer for most of the alternatives would be a rather stark no…good effort but still no elusive gold star.