Sneak Peak at New BlackBerry Torch Accessories: OtterBox, Case-Mate, RIM Sync Pod and More
Al Sacco shares pics of a handful of upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9800 accessories from RIM's New York Torch-launch event.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
The brand new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) goes on sale in the United States via AT&T tomorrow for $199.99 with a new, two-year service contract. But even if you’re one of the lucky folks who’ll get their thumbs on RIM’s latest BlackBerry on release day, you may be waiting a while to personalize, protect and/or accessorize your new gadget.
And right now, you’d be hard put to find any retailer—online or brick and mortar—with a decent selection of Torch cases and/or accessories. I checked all the usual suspects: Amazon.com; the CrackBerry store; and RIM’s own online shop, ShopBlackBerry.com. But not one has even a single Torch case listed for sale.
You can bet AT&T will have a limited selection of cases in-store on launch day—AG Findings assures me it will have Torch cases in AT&T stores tomorrow. But if you’re anything like me, and you value variety, you won’t want to dole out cash for the first case you see.
Last week, I attended RIM and AT&T’s Torch 9800 launch event in New York City, and I snapped the following images of as-of-yet unreleased BlackBerry cases and add-ons from some well-known accessory makers, including OtterBox and Case-Mate.
Check out the following images for a look at OtterBox’s Commuter case for the BlackBerry Torch 9800; a Case-Mate “Barely There” case; RIM’s upcoming Torch Sync Pod, which will both charge and synchronize data between a Torch and a PC; and finally, RIM’s own “leather-textured” vertical holster—which probably should have come along with the device.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any pricing or release details for any of the cases or accessories, but all are expected to become available within the coming weeks.
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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.