Why the BlackBerry Torch 2 has Already Failed Before It's Shipped

Friday, Jan 14, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Why the BlackBerry Torch 2 has Already Failed Before It's Shipped

A tech-spec leak for the BlackBerry Torch 2 reveals that RIM still doesn't understand that the smartphone has evolved in the face of Android and iOS. Despite having beefier specs, the BlackBerry Torch 2 will fail. Here's why.

RIM's flagship BlackBerry Torch was supposed to directly compete with the iPhone 4, bringing the BlackBerry back into the fighting ring. Instead, it was marred by a low resolution screen, weak processor, little internal storage and a crappy camera.

BGR's exclusive leak for the Torch 2 reveals that the successor will have a 1.2GHz processor (up from 624MHz), 512MB RAM, GPS, NFC, sharper screen resolution at 640 x 480 (up from 480 x 360), 5-megapixel camera with flash and BlackBerry OS 6.1.

Overall, it sounds like the Torch 2 is packing more punch, no? On paper, it sounds good, but where is the front-facing camera for video chat? Almost every new Android smartphone will have a front-facing camera and yet RIM is still not onboard with video chat. There's a front cam on the PlayBook, so why not on a BB smartphone?

The screen resolution is higher, but most Android phones like the Droid X and Xperia Arc have an 854 x 480 resolution screen. The iPhone has a 960 x 640 Retina Display. What's with the last-gen screen tech? 640 x 480 doesn't cut it in 2011.

The Torch 2 does have a 1.2GHz processor, but why is it not dual-core? Motorola's Atrix is going the dual-core route and so is LG's Optimus 2X. The future is dual-core — don't even pretend like it won't be.

A feature like NFC is nice to have, but I don't know a single smartphone user who even cares about it, at least not yet. Hell, most people don't even know what it is.

In conclusion, I predict RIM's BlackBerry Torch 2 will be pretty much dead on arrival, just like the original Torch. I understand that every company has its own production cycles, but one can't help but wonder where RIM's priorities are. Does it want to fall behind ever further and become a follower? I'd like to see RIM fight back and lead the pack once again by making phones that show other companies how a smartphone should be made. Will that day ever come again? It won't come with the Torch 2, that's for sure.

BGR, via Pocket-Lint

For the latest tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @dvice

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Bay Area Proud
Bay Area Proud is NBC Bay... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out