What Made the Blackberry Torch a Great Phone at the Time?
Blackberry has produced some impressive devices over the years. Much has changed since the very first, a pager in 1999, but along the way the company has consistently produced innovative, popular gadgets and the Blackberry Torch is no exception. One of Blackberry’s moves into the younger, trendier market, it also appealed to the business professional.
Appreciating the Torch
If you have an older model it can be hard to discern when it’s time to sell your Blackberry Torch. There are updates, upgrades and a wide range of other smartphones to choose from. In examining the best aspects of your Blackberry Torch you might just find what’s important to you, helping you to choose your new smartphone.
One of the advantages of the Blackberry has always been its QWERTY keyboard. When the concept first hit the shops, it was a huge selling point when other mobile phones were using predictive text for sending messages. Adding this to BBM, the messaging service that didn’t use up text-message allowances, Blackberry seemed streets ahead. Now, of course, iPhones and Android devices have QWERTY keyboards. Android devices sometimes even have physical buttons, though they’re moving towards the touchscreen more and more.
The web browser on the Torch is based on WebKit, the foundation of the browser that iPhones and Android handsets use now. It was cutting-edge in its time, but nowadays you can get the same experience and the benefit of HTML5, on most of the smartphones on the market.
The design of the Torch is very quintessentially Blackberry. There’s nothing too new about it and it fits in well with the rest of the line, but it’s a nice design that feels good to use. It is a little heavier than other models and while lighter phones do have their advantages and heavy ones can feel chunky, it’s also possible that some customers might prefer a heavier phone because the newer, lighter models feel too flimsy and breakable.
One of the nice things about the Blackberry Torch is the combination of touchscreen and trackpad. It makes for a more precise way of scrolling and using tools such as cut and paste, which for students and business users is an extremely useful feature. It does feel a bit old-fashioned now, however and adds to the size of the device, which might be a consideration if you travel or commute.
Blackberry smartphones appeal to a good proportion of the population. Worldwide in 2012 they produced 3% of all mobiles sold, which adds up to a good many aficionados. More than 80 million people got one in that year, in fact. Whether the updated Torch meets the needs of the growing market is yet to be seen, but in its time it was among the best smartphones available.
About the Author – Alex Smith is a seasoned tech writer, with 12 years of experience. He writes for a variety of blogs and websites. He has recently been advising his readers about selling their old Blackberry Torch phones.