Today I compared various Android phones: (among others) HTC Desire, Desire Z, Samsung Galaxy S, SE Experia X10 Mini Pro and Nokia C3, C6, N8, E71, E72, BlackBerry Torch, 9700, 8520, Motorola Droid in search for a decent software and/or hardware keyboard, comparable to the 7 year old BB I use daily.
Conclusion: no such keyboard is available (anymore). The only software keyboard that worked for me (sort of) was in the Desire Z (the hardware keyboard is just as bad as all the others). The best hardware keyboard I found on the Blackberry Curve 8520 because of the space between the keys. Second comes Experia X10 Mini Pro, problem only being the upper keys being too close to the screen body.
I also liked the keyboard on the Motorola Droid, but the security thumb reader on the right made it difficult to hold and type at the same time. The keyboard on the Google G1 works best for me. The Droid II will probably come closest to the G1 layout.
And what about Android, Blackberry or Nokia OS? Android and Apple are just the same to me when you consider user experience. The Blackberry is very fast if you only want to use your thumb for browsing (with phone in one hand). BB is much faster than the HTC Android thumb dials. The NOKIA interface looks (and feels) like you are back in the Middle Ages. The N8 software keyboard is very disappointing (and the HDMI output to flatscreen could be better too).
My advice if you want to go for the best of several worlds, and a hardware keyboard, wait for the Motorola Droid II (with the promise of an excellent keyboard and Android 2.3), or the Nokia E7 if you insist on the Symbian experience but want a decent hardware keyboard and good camera (8 MP is just as good as 12 MP if you don't have optical zoom).
Good luck with your choices!
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Has anyone had issues with the Bluetooth of the Torch not working correctly? Not finding Bluetooth devices or when disconnecting the Bluetooth headset while in the middle of a call?
Jacques, 18 Nov 2010Hi guys,I'm upgrading soon and like the torch very much.I would just like to know what the bat... moreHey Jacques; I´ve owned my Torch for 20 days and so far the battery life as exceeded my expectations. I´m a pretty heavy user as i really have to chat for my work all day long; i also take several pictures with flash a day, and i read 3 newspapers websites. I keep my wi-fi constantly on and i keep my mobile network on 3g. I also make and receive at least 20 calls a day, and check my FB every 20 mins or so...
The battery lasts at least 15 or 16 with this kind of use. So it will last you through the day... and if you are a pretty heavy user like my self, at night you will have at least 25% battery left. During the weekend, when i receive less calls and chat very little, the battery will last even 48h with single charge. I hope this helps you...
Hi guys,I'm upgrading soon and like the torch very much.I would just like to know what the battery life is like with average use.Thanks in advance.
all my contacts from msn are now in my phonebook and if i delete them, they get deleted from msn also. anybody have a solution??
gaahned, 16 Nov 2010BB Torch is perfect phone, but the web browsing is suck, to slowwwwwwwBrowser depends on your provider. I had lot of other phones and they all work perfect where I live and use my phone. BB or other manufacturers don't have control over coverages.
gaahned, 16 Nov 2010BB Torch is perfect phone, but the web browsing is suck, to slowwwwwwwHow did you get your browsers working, mine is not I check with mobile operator who inturn contacted RIM
Its unfortunate with me! I bought my torch from Sapna Tanzania, week of Nov 10th,2010.I dont get full value!the divice lacks appropriate browsers for internet, mails and my operator has confirmed this with RIM.
The key baord alredy has issues I cant type small letter "i" once you type its bring back a funny character!