BlackBerry Torch Challenge: Day 1

Sydney Myers
Teen Lifestyle Editor from Dallas, TX
Published: February 6, 2012

The challenge has begun. For the past few years, I've used Android and Windows Phone. Now I'll be switching to BlackBerry OS with the BlackBerry Torch 9810 from T-Mobile. Why did I pick BlackBerry and why did I go with the Torch 9810? Well, while I have experience with BlackBerry OS because of my job, I've never used a BlackBerry for an extended period of time as my personal device. I figured now was as good a time as any to put BlackBerry to the challenge and see if it can compete in today's market. The Torch fits me because I need a large(ish) display and it's gotta be a touchscreen. Along with the larger display, the Torch still packs the famous BlackBerry physical keyboard. It's an all-around BlackBerry device that suits my tastes.

I'll be using the Torch 9810 for 30 days, starting today, and I'm excited. Regardless of all the bad press RIM has been getting lately, I've always felt that the company still had a shot. Not only that, but the smartphone market needs BlackBerry. Not everyone wants or likes iOS and Android, and Windows Phone hasn't gained much recognition. There's still a chance for BlackBerry. The question is, Can these latest BlackBerrys compete? We'll find out in this challenge.

In this video, I give you some insight into what kind of user I am and what I use my phone for the most. When I think about it, I'm really the perfect candidate for a BlackBerry challenge because I mostly use my phone for e-mail, messaging, and reading news. I also give my first impressions of the OS and the phone after using it for a day. Check out the video and keep it on PhoneDog to follow my experience with switching to BlackBerry for 30 days!

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