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BlackBerry Torch 9810 Images and Photo Gallery

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is one good looking device. Here we have a collection of BlackBerry Torch 9810 images and photos so you can check out the device from all sides. When we get our hands on one we'll update with some more "real" BlackBerry Torch 9810 photos, but for now keep reading to check this bad boy out.

Research In Motion Introduces New BlackBerry 7 Smartphones 

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BlackBerry Torch 9860 Video Walkthrough

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For those of you that are anxiously awaiting the next all-touch BlackBerry - the wait is over. The BlackBerry Torch 9860 has been announced and will in your hands before you know it. With no QWERTY keyboard, the Torch 9860 hopes to fill the needs for those who simply want a touchscreen device. It carries a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB embedded memory and more. Of course the Torch 9860 sports RIM's Liquid Graphics as well as other BB 7 goodies. Check out the video above for more.

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BlackBerry Torch 9810 Video Walkthrough

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Live and in color (and officially this time) we have a video walkthrough of the BlackBerry Torch 9810. As you know the Torch 9810 takes on the form of the original Torch 9800 but boosts the internals to give it that extra kick. It has a brighter screen at 253dpi, a 1.2gHZ processor, 768MB RAM and 8GB of internal memory. You can see the color scheme is a bit different but otherwise the device looks pretty much the same as it's younger brother. The Torch 9810 brings along some BB 7 goodness including RIM's Liquid Graphics. Check out the video above for more.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 Video Walkthrough

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Of all the new devices on the way to a carrier near you, the most talked about is no doubt the BlackBerry Bold 9900. We've been waiting on this guy for what seems like way too long now and haven't been able to stop thinking about it since it was first announced. Ewan got a chance for a sit down today to check out the device one more time. Just a refresher: The Bold 9900 rocks a full QWERTY keyboard along with a touchscreen, it's running a 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB of memory, NFC and much more. Check out the video for more.

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AT&T announces 4G BlackBerry portfolio

AT&T BlackBerry fans can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Bold 9900 as well as the BlackBerry Torch 9860 will all be making their way to AT&T. Looking for the full details? Read on past the break for the full press release.

Press Release

AT&T Announces 4G BlackBerry Portfolio

Exclusive 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 to Precede 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 and New, 4G, All-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860

Dallas, Texas, August 03, 2011

Key Facts

  • AT&T* today outlined plans for its future portfolio of 4G BlackBerry smartphones including the exclusive 4G BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810, planned to be launched in August.
  • Also planned for 2011, AT&T customers will have the opportunity to select the 4G BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and the 4G, all-touch, BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860.
  • AT&T’s premium BlackBerry lineup will be capable of speeds up to nearly four times the network speed capability of previous models, so you can talk and surf even faster on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network.

4G BlackBerry Torch 9810

Exclusive to AT&T customers, the next-generation 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 is faster and more fluid with high performance hardware features and the new BlackBerry® 7 OS delivering an enhanced multimedia experience. It features the signature BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard that easily slides out to allow fast typing and a full touch screen display, and delivers high-speed 4G capabilities. The 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 is planned to be available in August.

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Research In Motion Introduces New BlackBerry 7 Smartphones

BlackBerry Torch 9810, Torch 9850 and Torch 9860 Officially Announced!

Finally CrackBerry Nation, the wait is almost over and it's about to rain new BlackBerrys. With the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 previously announced at BlackBerry World, Research In Motion just officially announced three more BlackBerry Torch models that bring the count of BlackBerry 7 phones up to 5. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is the second generation of the sliding form factor Torch 9800, while the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and Torch 9860 (previously codenamed monaco and monza), are full touchscreen devices. Read on for the press release!

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BlackBerry UK shows off BlackBerry Bold 9900 as well as the Torch 9860 and 9810

The BlackBerry UK site is already posting up pictures and information for the BlackBerry Torch 9810 and Torch 9860. I guess it's safe to say that at least these two BlackBerry 7 devices will be announced at the event today. ;) They look so beautiful up there, so shiny and awesome! Which one will you be taking home once they're available?

Source: BlackBerry UK

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BlackBerry Torch 9810 'coming soon' page arrives on the AT&T website

On AT&T and wondering when they would break silence on the yet to be official BlackBerry Torch 2 (9810)? Right now is as good a time as any, as you can see from the image above AT&T has gone ahead and made the device live on their site so that folks can sign up to find out more info closer to when the device is set to release. Needless to say, we're waiting on something official here from RIM given that AT&T just blew whatever cover the device had left.

For those you out there who scoff at the 4G branding that's bound to appear on some of these new BlackBerry 7 devices, keep in mind that carriers like AT&T get away with it by associating these types of statements/disclaimers:

*4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Learn more at 4G used in connection with the BlackBerry Torch 9810 product name refers to the fact that the Torch 9810 is capable of operating on AT&T's HSPA+ network with enhanced backhaul described herein.

If you like the form factor of the original Torch, the new Torch will keep the feel intact but torches the specs of the original 9800. Everything the original Torch was arguably lacking the new 9810 has: faster processor (1.2GHz, more memory, HD video recording and of course BlackBerry 7). There's no official pricing or release date info yet, but we're sure that's coming soon. In the meantime you can sign up for email updates on the AT&T website, or better yet, just keep it locked to CrackBerry and we'll fill you in on all the details as they emerge. More pics can be found after the break.

Source: ATT; via: Electronista

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From the Forums: PlayBook as a media server, using the charger from a different device for your BlackBerry

The anticipation is killing us all. Carrier information about the BB7 devices is leaking left and right, and BB7 Fan Night is tomorrow. I think it's safe to say we are all expecting a lot of good news over the next couple of days. For now, you can check out the latest news and rumors about these devices in the blogs, and then head on over to the CrackBerry forums and see what's up with your fellow CrackBerry addicts. Below is a sample of some interesting threads you won't want to miss.

Found an interesting article you want to share with CrackBerry Nation? Have a burning question about that feature you just can't figure out? There is ALWAYS more happening just a click away in the forums. You can always head over and join in the conversation, search for answers, or lend your expertise to other members of our community. If you aren't already, take a moment to get registered in the CrackBerry forums today!

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CrackBerry Tip: Sometimes it is best to set your 3G BlackBerry Smartphone to 2G (EDGE) only

One of the features of your 3G BlackBerry Smartphone that is easy to forget but can come in really handy given certain circumstances is the ability to change your Network Mode. When you go to Mobile Network Options, under Network Mode you have the options of 3G, 2G and 3G & 2G, with the 3G & 2G option being the one that is typically selected by default. This default option means that if 3G is available for the cellular network you're connected to you will default to 3G, but if the 3G signal gets too weak or you move out of 3G network range, you'll automatically drop to a 2G network (known as EDGE) which is more than likely to be present. Compared to 2G, 3G connections offer faster data speeds and simultaneous voice and data (on GSM), so most people prefer 3G to 2G when given the option. Thus, the default setting of 3G & 2G works pretty well for most people, most of the time. However, it can make sense to try changing up this option is if you find yourself in a location where all of a sudden your trusty BlackBerry seems to start working like crap even though you're clearly connected to 3G - it could be that your device would be better off dropping down to 2G but for whatever mystical reason it doesn't want to downshift. Allow me to illustrate with a real life example from this past weekend:

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Further confirmation on BlackBerry Bold 9900 T-Mobile release date and pricing info!

Hey T-Mobile fans, we have some new information for you as well! The folks over at  TmoNews got themselves a screenshot that not only confirms the release date we saw yesterday for the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but also contains pricing information! Full retail price is listed as $599 with the 2 year contract price at $299 with a $50 mail-in-rebate. So, who's excited now!?

Source: TmoNews

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Leaked screenshots show Bell release dates for BlackBerry Torch 9810 and Bold 9900!

Looks like we got a bit more information for you regarding the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 release on Bell. Earlier you saw the leaked hardware roadmap, and now we have a couple of shots of some internal screens showing launch dates! According to these images, you can expect to pick up either of these devices from Bell August 16th. Second picture is after the break.
Thanks for the tip vassosman!

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Leaked Bell roadmap shows off new BlackBerry devices

Bell is up next on the rumored device front with this leaked hardware roadmap that shows off more than a handful of new devices. While there are no dates of the official or coming soon variety listed, it's a good sign to see them in print regardless. Included in the lineup are the both Torch 9810 and 9860, Bold 9900 and Curve 9360. Again, here's to hoping we don't have much longer to wait before we hear some official dates for all carriers on these devices.

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The calm before the CrackBerry storm... get ready for it!

Enjoy the calm while it lasts... Things are about to get CRAZY CRACKY around here.

If you're a long time reader of you know what happens when a new BlackBerry Smartphone hits the market... we go nuts! And to think we're on the verge of a wave of new BlackBerry 7 Smartphones getting announced and hitting the market after jonesing so long I have a feeling things are going to get really cracky around here, really soon. Don't forget, there's a BlackBerry 7 fan night coming up tomorrow and knowing RIM's habits we can fully expect they'll officially announce anything new that may get shown off at the events prior to them getting underway.

With August here I'm so relieved the wait is *almost* over. Seriously, the last BlackBerry Smartphone review I posted was of the Bold 9780 and that was back in December 2010. Talk about new BlackBerry withdrawal! And while the BlackBerry Bold 9900's unveiling at BlackBerry World helped to satisfy my cravings for a few days, my thumbs have been twitching for months now in anticipation of getting a hold of some new BBs to call my own. And I can only imagine so many of you reading this feel the same way. But instead of feeling impatient and mad at RIM for taking so long, it's time to start enjoying the last few weeks on whatever BlackBerry you own now as you get ready to say farewell to it and upgrade to a BlackBerry 7 device.

We've got a TON of stuff planned for the upcoming weeks to ring in what really is the new BlackBerry Smartphone Year, so be sure to enjoy this last bit of calm before the BlackBerry storm rolls into town (no, not that Storm!). Before you know it, it's going to be raining new phones around here!

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 landing on Rogers August 9th?

As the flood of device release rumors hit the airwaves, the latest of the bunch is this blurry as hell image from Rogers. From the looks of it, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 could land on Rogers as early as August 9th. If you manage to make out the last line, you can see it reads "Tentative Launch Date August 9" ... or 3 ... or 6. Fingers crossed that it's one of them at least. We can expect to know for sure after all the BB 7 Fan Night fun goes down, so you hopefully only have to hang tight for another day or so before we get some official info.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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BlackBerry Waterproof Cases Head-to-Head: Overboard vs Aquapac

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I am quite lucky with my currently living situation in that I live by the coast. This means that during the summer I’ll be a regular at the beach. It’s not the most glamorous of beaches but it will do (it’s a small village after all). It does however, mean that I needed to get myself some waterproof accessories to keep my BlackBerry addiction intact as well as keep the device itself dry and sand free. In come the Overboard and Aquapac waterproof cases. Both cases do a great job at keeping your BlackBerry dry and my BlackBerry Torch was quite usable when in the case, scrolling was good, typing and selecting were responsive, the only thing I could not do was use the trackpad. It proved quite difficult to use. When I tried using a non-touchscreen BlackBerry things proved to be a little bit more difficult. I used an old favorite, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and the trackball was as unusable as the trackpad. I have Homescreen Dialing turned off so I could launch apps by using the different keys associated with the app and of course typing was not a problem but it became hard to use especially if I needed to scroll, though there are ways around that, it just takes a little longer.

As I already mentioned, both cases do a fine job at what they do. If I had to choose one it would be the Overboard case, only because my Torch fits in there quite snugly without too much movement, though sometimes the bottom part of the case hides the buttons along the bottom of the handset. If I got the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in the future then I’d probably use the Aquapac case.

If you haven’t already, check out the video above for device usability demonstration and video footage underwater.

More information or to purchase the Overboard Waterproof Case
More information or to purchase the Aquapac Waterproof Case

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BlackBerry developer series continues, this time Damian Keeghan is at the plate

Early last month we saw that BlackBerry was taking to its Youtube account to give developers some spotlight, giving them the chance to explain why they develop for the platform and their thoughts. We saw Paul Haenel speak about his feelings on supporting the BlackBerry platform, and this time we have Damian Keeghan speaking about his PlayBook development. Damian loves the fact that you are able to take your web development, use a couple of tools that are supplied by RIM, and have a web app for the PlayBook that can be shared with all the users. Check out the video above for all of his thoughts, and be sure to keep tuned for the next video in the series.

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Telus roadmap shows a whole lot of BlackBerry coming soon!

If you're looking for one carrier who will be covering all bases BlackBerry, then Telus has this one wrapped up. Their latest leaked roadmap shows they'll soon be launching the whole 2011 line up from RIM. Although the images are rather blurry up there, here is what we can expect for devices and release dates:

  • BlackBerry Torch 2 / 9810 / Jennings - August 15th
  • BlackBerry Bold 9900 / Dakota - August 15th
  • BlackBerry Torch 9860 / Monza - August 22nd
  • BlackBerry Curve Apollo / 9360 - August 29th
  • BlackBerry Orlando / Curve Touch - October 1st
  • BlackBerry Bellagio / Bold 9790 - October 1st

That's quite a bit of BlackBerry devices all within a short span -- looks like RIM will be making up for lost time assuming these dates don't sway far from what they are now. Of course, roadmaps are guidelines and not official but either way -- it's nice to see all those dates listed.

Source: BGR

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Sling Golf for the BlackBerry PlayBook gets updated bringing new characters, courses and achievements

Back in June we let you know about Sling Golf, the highly entertaining PlayBook game from BoltCloud Corp. The development team at BoltCloud has been hard at work and has just released a big update for the game. Sling Golf v2.0 brings 2 new and unique characters to play as, 3 new challenging courses, and 10 unlockable achievements and awards.

Complete features include:

  • 6 very unique and challenging Golf courses
  • 54 holes in total, 9 per course
  • 5 cool golf characters to choose from
  • 20 Un-lockable achievements and awards
  • Cool animations and sound
New and challenging courses will be added periodically so go ahead and get your golf on! You can grab Sling Golf for your PlayBook for $2.99 and for you cautious folk there is a 30 day free trial available.

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Multiprotocol IM client imo beta now available for BlackBerry

Today imo has announced a beta version of their multiprotocol IM client for BlackBerry. The app is free to download and features multiple services including AIM, Yahoo!, Gtalk, Skype, Jabber, MSN and more. The company has had a web app for quite some time, but this is the first release for BlackBerry Smartphones. While it's still a bit rough around the edges, imo is a pretty decent client if you like the ability to use multiple IM services all in one place. There are plenty of features to keep most users happy, and pretty much all of the "big name" services are included. The app is free (for now) in it's beta form and will soon be on the way to BlackBerry App World. Hit the link below from your device to download. Keep reading for some more screen shots.

Download imo OTA to your device
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