Blackberry Torch Release – What Is A Smartphone Anyway?

The latest Blackberry has just been released in time for Christmas. Called the Blackberry Torch, it is the latest smartphone to hit the shelves. If you happen to be wondering what a smartphone is – you are not alone. Join me in finding out what the Blackberry Torch is all about and what a smartphone is anyway.

Many people nod their head wisely when people speak of the latest smartphones, but in reality have no idea what the product is. A smartphone is a mobile phone with attitude. It is a handheld computer system inside a mobile phone which offers the ability to connect to the internet anywhere that has internet access. oppo f17 pro

The first smartphone was unveiled in 1993 by IBM and contained an address book, world clock, calendar, note pad, email, calculator, fax and games. This mobile office also happened to be a mobile phone – but without the buttons. Relying on touch-screen to use the applications, the technology was unheard of at the time and was truly forward thinking. (The touch screen worked by adding information through a virtual keyboard and function buttons).

Having begun the trend, many big names produced their own version of the same (with and without buttons) – until 2007, when Apple introduced the iPhone. This was based on the iPod and was almost an entire multi-function computer that happened to make phone calls. It also included other features such as a camera and music player.

Back to the present and the Blackberry Torch. Competing alongside the Galaxy 5, EV04G, and iPhone 4, it measures 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm, (4.4-inches top to bottom and 2.4-inches across when closed). The handset weighs 161.1g and the phone packs 512MB of RAM and 4GB of hardwired storage. Features include a slide out QWERTY keyboard, large touchscreen pad, 5 megapixel ‘zero shutter’ camera with image stabilization and auto-focus and a customizable homescreen. It comes loaded with the Blackberry 6 operating system and enables shortcuts to apps, texts and emails and any of the social bookmarks you need.

The other feature that sets the smartphone apart from mobile phones is the price – the Blackberry Torch will set you back 569.99. Much admired and desired as a must-have, smartphones are destined to remain on the wish-list for the vast majority.

All this technology was truly life-transforming, allowing business people the world over release from board-room tyranny. It meant that business could be conducted anywhere in the world with internet access, any time of the day or night.