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RIM’s BlackBerry Torch Underwhelms

by Travis Harvey | August 4, 2010August 4, 2010 12:10 am PST

Following a couple of weeks filled with hype of a AT&T/RIM event, RIM took to their own stage yesterday to show off the latest flagship device and the slick new OS 6 it’ll be running come release.  The detail aren’t scarce as the device launches on AT&T in a matter of days, but the details aplenty underwhelm where RIM had the opportunity to impress.

Most of us have already seen RIM’s promotional videos floating around, showing off the latest and greatest changes coming to the BlackBerry OS.  Visual Voicemail, improve media playback, social network integration, and slick WebKit browser are certainly welcome to the platform but it was largely the hardware that fell flat on its face. While RIM just released a brand new OS version, the hardware is anything but future-proof.

BlackBerry Torch

In typical RIM fashion, the keyboard seems to be getting solid reviews — gratifying comparisons to the Bold and out shining the similarly housed Palm Pre.  By the looks of the device and the ramblings of those who played around with it, the build quality is top notch and solid in the hand.  RIM’s misstep with the Torch comes more with the internal specs that you’d expect compete with the latest smart phone releases.  The Torch sports a dizzyingly low 624 MHz processor that doesn’t seem be able to keep the software and uncompetitive 480 x 360 3.2-inch touchscreen display.  John Paczkowski of AllThingsD says the Torch’s display isn’t so much Retina as it is Cataract.  Who’s RIM trying to impress,  BlackBerry users or could-be BlackBerry users?  If they’re aiming for the latter, they’ve missed the mark.

All in all, it’s a BlackBerry many current BB users might be eyeing up.  In terms of the competition, it’s hard to see someone who’s trying to decide between iOS and Android even giving the Torch the time of day.  What do you think?  Are you a non-BB user thinking of picking up a Torch?  Is it’s hardware dated out of the gate?  Let us know what you think in the comments.