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Wall Street brokerage firm not impressed with lighting of Torch

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Wall Street brokerage firm not impressed with lighting of Torch
Wall Street trading house Goldman Sachs is telling clients that RIM's new BlackBerry Torch is off to an underwhelming start. Launched on the same day as the sequel to the hugely popular Motorola DROID, the Torch was clearly overshadowed by the first Android device to launch with Android 2.2 and Adobe Flash Player 10.1. With both models priced at the same $199.99 after rebate and a signed 2 -year contract, the DROID 2 is faster than the 'Berry as the former was equipped with a 1GHz processor compared to the latter's 624MHz Marvell chipset. The display on the Torch is also a pedestrian 360 x 480 pixels on a 3.2 inch screen while the Motorola handset was released with a 3.7 inch display featuring resolution of 854 x 480 pixels.

The Torch brings a new form factor to RIM as the phone combines a touchscreen with a portrait sliding QWERTY keyboard, answering the prayers of 'Berry fans who were wishing that the manufacturer would produce a touchscreen model with one of RIM's highly praised QWERTY keyboards. At the same time, the handset is the debut of the BlackBerry 6 OS which RIM designed to make BlackBerry models more multimedia capable than in the past. And in a strong effort to close the large lead in browsing that the iPhone 4 and Android devices have over BlackBerry, RIM has introduced its new WebKit browser on the Torch.

Goldman told traders that "that nearly all of the stores they called did not sell out of the device," while the iPhone 4 and Android models like the EVO 4G and DROID X were very hard to find in stock immediately after they were each launched by their respective carrier. An anonymous AT&T employee has told Forbes that the carrier considers the Torch its most significant non-iPhone launch this year.

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source: BuisinessInsider, Forbes






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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. Phone Arena Admin (unregistered)


Look at me wee woo wee woo.

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 19:05

2. JackFace (Posts: 190; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


This is coming from a company that had to take bailout money from the Gov't just to stay alive?? F*** that, the Torch is ridiculously awesome. It's a Blackberry.... what more do people expect. Blackberry has a corperate standard. I returned my Captivate for this phone and I couldn't be happier. Yes, I really liked the Android Software, but the email (for my website I run and manage) function on the captivate did me wrong. It was slow, it would not retrieve my emails for hours and it would bog my phone down. Nothing compares to the email experience of a Blackberry. Goldman Sachs can suck my sack... they suck anyway

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 19:24

6. Jesus Christ (unregistered)


Please watch your language, for I am Jesus.

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 19:56

7. janeth jackson (unregistered)


jesus please like i told u before shut up i am janeth jackson..

posted on 17 Aug 2010, 00:32

9. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


Blasphemy.

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 19:14

3. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


come on now you can't compare a blackberry to a droid, that's like comparing the iphone to the sidekick.

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 19:21

4. Jesus Christ (unregistered)


I died for your sins. Compare THAT to Droid.

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 19:23

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I know right. A blackberry is good a business phone. A droid is a good anything phone.

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 20:35

8. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I think the only ones surprised that the Torch didn't do well is RIM. 6.0 has nothing new except new menu functionality and a Webkit browser, which is good but not enough to liven up the platform. Still a great business phone, but who just uses their phone for business anymore?

posted on 17 Aug 2010, 06:29

10. Forum (unregistered)


The phone is not to be compared to something it is not, like iPhone and android. Yes it did get an improved browser and the touchscreen performs much better than the surepress keyboards they had on the storm models. It is however an absolutely great upgrade and the best berry launched to date. As for Goldman sachs analysts they proved that really don't know what they are doing because, the amount of stock received for the torch launch was unbelievable (about 3 times more than bold 9000 and about 4 times more than iphone 4) and more shipments came everyday since launch. Which means that it will make it almost impossible to sellout and we have sold hundreds( 1 location out of over 2000 stores.) RIM just knows how to launch a product.

posted on 17 Aug 2010, 08:22

11. Phone Arena Sucks (unregistered)


It's a blackberry nobody is going to buy it. Can you say fucking piece of shit?

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