After many discussions and many heart to hearts with my blackberry tour, about upgrading to an Iphone4, a Samsung Galaxy or the Blackberry Torch…
I finally decided to purchase the Torch.
Hello my name is Kevin, and I’m a Crackberry Addict. Well not really, but kinda.
I was previously on a Blackberry Tour on @sasktel’s 1X/EV Cell network, and honestly I can’t really complain. We’ve had some great times together. The coverage is great, who else can say they were sitting in the middle of a forest elk hunting and working? Proudly, this guy!
However there are things to be improved on!
The Torch introduced some new cell phone features that we’re not used to as a Sasktel customer.
Personally I think the most important thing on the 3G network is the ability to receive data while on a phone call. It kind of feels like we’re getting color tv, or HD!
I really pondered if I would miss the keyboard on my tour, had I gone with a galaxy or iphone, and the answer is yes. I would have. The sliding screen to reveal a keyboard is beyond handy.
You have a great touch screen phone, and when you decide you want a keyboard, you now have a standard blackberry but with a huge screen! I’m still getting the hang of typing on the screen, and using the sure-type keyboard, but I still find the keyboard of great use when I want to see the whole screen while I am typing, that big on screen keyboard can get in the way.
Wifi? Not sure how big of a deal this is yet. It’s nice to use, but really the 3G network, works so well i’m not sure that i’ll use it that much. Could be good for mexico though, turn off your cell data and use wifi for bbm and email.
GPS. CMDA phones relied on blackberry to work, finally we have a REAL gps in our phones. The next hurdle will be to find an app that loads all the maps on the memory card. It’s not really all that cool that we have to download the data as we need it. Are you listening Garmin? The builtin GPS software works great, as does Google Maps
Media. We had a baby this spring, and as the typical proud dad, I have a TON of pictures on my phone. What really annoyed me on my tour, was that to view pictures there was no system for thumbnails. You know those tiny little previews of a picture. So it would take a while. The torch and it’s new generation operating system have fixed that. All the pictures pop up instantly and there is little to no delay. The auto focus and face detection also work great. Videos are also of better quality, one cool feature built right in is the ability to now upload directly to youtube. I guess this is where wifi comes in handy hey? I haven’t done much in the way of music yet, but i’m still playing.
Browser. This is a major improvement. Websites that aren’t optimized for mobile actually work now. <sigh of relief> this was a pretty annoying thing. A cool feature here is pinch to zoom, you can easily navigate websites by zooming in with a pinch.
Bluetooth. Now maybe it was just me, but I hated turning off my bluetooth to save my battery life, it could take a bit to turn on, sometimes it just wouldn’t! Those problems are gone. it works as expected. You turn it on, and it turns on. Simple as that.
Battery Life. with so many features available this really depends on you. I’ve invested in a program called smart wifi, that turns off wifi as soon as you leave a certain area, and turns it back on to save your data plan. Over all i’m getting 24-48 hours out of the phone, depending on use.
Phone. This is one place a touch screen has a clear advantage over a phone with a keyboard. huge buttons to dial a call. If you really miss it, you can dial from the keyboard too. but why?
Universal Search. This feature is new to OS6, if you want to find something, you type in a name and it will find it in emails, contacts, calendar, etc etc. anywhere on the phone. It works great, I thought for sure it would be slow in doing the search but really it’s nearly instant.
One major feature about this phone is 3G in general. CDMA technology allows you to do either voice or data. 3G allows you to do both at the same time. Rogers users have had this for awhile now, but this is new to the sasktel network.
So I put it to the test!
I was able to do the following all at the same time.
1. Tether my laptop, and watch my slingbox at home.
2. Phone call using bluetooth.
3. Still sending out BBM’s
4. Still sending out text messages.
What this means for the road warrior is that you no longer need a data plan for your laptop and for your phone. You can now do everything on one device.
As you can see, it’s really an improvement over what was previously available from sasktel. I have to say, i’m quite happy with my new phone. Sasktel has done a GREAT job with the new 3G+ network, and as the coverage improves i’m looking forward to being able to do more out of the office.