Not any more

RIM Announces BlackBerry Torch, “The Best BlackBerry Ever” [Digital Daily]

In Canada on August 3, 2010 at 12:26

Research in Motion’s (RIMM) long, lumbering game of catch-up in the smartphone is over — according to RIM, anyway. At an event in New York City this morning, the company uncrated its BlackBerry 6 operating system (see video embed below) — a major overhaul of the dusty BlackBerry OS and the BlackBerry Torch, the first device to run it and, according to AT&T Mobillity CEO Ralph de la Vega “The Best BlackBerry Ever.”

RIM’s first QWERTY slider, the BlackBerry Torch features a 5 megapixel camera and 8GB of internal memory — 4GB flash and 4GB MicroSD — and a touchscreen display. BlackBerry 6 gives it a decent Webkit browser (finally) and some other features we’ve come to expect from modern smartphones: universal search, social networking integration, and the like. Also on-board, a Wi-Fi Music Sync feature that allows users to access their entire iTunes or Windows Media Player music libraries from the device.

Price: $199 with a two-year contract with AT&T (T) the device’s exclusive carrier in the states. It hits stores on August 12 and will be priced at $199.99 for customers who purchase a two-year service agreement.

Oh, the tagline for the Torch’s new ad campaign? “Less an evolutionary leap, more like a triple axel.

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