BlackBerry Torch 9800 Slider Hands-On Video from NYC Launch
CIO.com's BlackBerry black belt Al Sacco shares his hands-on first impressions of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 slider.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
This morning, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) and wireless carrier AT&T announced the brand new BlackBerry Torch 9800 slider smartphone.
The device, which will become available in the United States on August 12 for $199.99 with a new, two-year AT&T service contract, is RIM’s first BlackBerry with both a touch screen and a traditional QWERTY BlackBerry keyboard.
The Torch is also the first BlackBerry to ship with RIM’s latest mobile OS, BlackBerry 6. And it’s named after the company who built the foundation for RIM’s new Webkit browser, Torch Mobile, which was acquired by RIM last year.
I’ll write up an in-depth review of the Torch slider as soon as I can spend some more time with an evaluation unit, but what follows are my hands-on first impressions in video form.
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.