Being the risk taker I am, went to my local AT&T store to get the phone activated. While waiting in line (has anyone been to an AT&T store without a line?), the person behind me started commenting on the Torch. “I have heard wonderful things about it, I wish I was able to get one.” Now, keep in mind, prior to getting this, I knew nothing about the Torch, so I was surprised he knew about it. Once getting home, my 12 year old son, could smell the phone enter the house.
“Sniff, sniff…. Dad, did you get something new? What is that in the box? Did you get a Torch?”
“Time out, how do you know this is a Torch?’ I asked
“I have seen ads, for them. Let me try it.”
He quickly rips it out of my hand and starts showing me the features. Are you kidding me? The kids was all over this thing. Slides it up to display the keyboard, starting taking these amazing crisp photos and making videos!.
“Son, do you think I might be able to use it?” I humbly ask.
“Sure, but if you need any help just let me know.” he says.
I think to myself, no doubt I will be asking him for a lot of help. I quickly sit down and attempt to load some apps, take a photo, create a video & zoom in. Yep, that is correct. I needed no help for son #1!! This thing has such simple navigation it is crazy. Oh did I mention the flash? Love it. (hey I only had an iPhone 3).
I took the phone with me around town and tested the GPS. Now, this might sound strange, but I found it to be a lot more accurate then my iPhone. Am I the only one with issues with GPS on the iPhone? Same goes with the mp3 player..much better on the Torch.
So, overall this phone rocks.I am not saying that for the benefit of the RIM folks, it really does. If I did not like it, I would say so. Heck, I could go on about the cool features and scare you off, but you can just read about them here.
Also, I reached out to them via Twitter at there BlackBerry account and the response time was really good. That is something that really impressed me, as other companies seem to not be on top of it.