Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monthly Geeky Vol 10: BlackBerry Torch 9800


Research In Motion means business when they want to please their customer and of the most anticipated gadget from RIM yet, it is this hybrid between slider/touchscreen smartphone.

BlackBerry Torch 9800


The BlackBerry Torch began rumoring about by the end of the January as a possible release by RIM, due to the demand of more touchscreen devices and also (my theory) the failure of the Storm on being Verizon Wireless’s exclusive line. Expectation began when the patent application for the US registration was leak. At the time the phone was know to have a physical keyboard and a touch screen. By Spring it was announced that the Torch (at the time this was not the official name), was the first device on support the BlackBerry OS 6.

It was then that by early August, RIM and AT&T finally revealed the BlackBerry Torch 9800 to be released a week later. Expectation where over and the Torch was quickly out of stock in a matter of a day and a half. I consider myself lucky to be able to get one a Saturday and the phone was really selling by the time I got out of the store.


First Impressions

Needleless to say that the Torch really blows my expectations. Really easy to customize and prepare for a great mobile experience as an answer to iPhone ridiculously popularity. I love that the phone included a polishing cloth to keep the BlackBerry clean and shine without having fear of the screen getting scratched or damaged. It is like a ride in a park, being able to configure my BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) to sync my emails, Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. I like the backward compability with most OS 5 applications with few exception. As writing this, Tumblr for BlackBerry was not compatible with OS 6.


Home Screen


The Home screen of the Torch it is really organized and have all the order for every taste. We got the “All”, “Frequent”, “Downloads” and “Favorites” section for the screen. Each screen can be customized also, really lovely. We got also the universal search, a good tool on having a program that have a search service in case we forgot which folder we downloaded or saved a file. The Graphical User Interface is very practical and not hard to be get used to it. You surely dominate it in a short time.


Camera & Video

The built-in camera has a 5MP capacity, making it more than the BlackBerry Storm. And yes, flash lover, RIM has listened to you and the Torch has also a a built-in flash light to enhance night picture and video. Picture quality has always being good in BlackBerry equipment and Torch 9800 is no exception. Video playback now have a better experience comparing resolution of Curve and Bold with the Torch. And with the bundled-in 4GB MicroSD card, be sure to be happy trigger on getting pics and videos.

Browsing & Mobile Internet

The reason of Torch being called Torch is because of RIM’s recent purchase of the company of the same name that built the Webkit browser. It is a browser that technically puts the BlackBerry in a better shape in browsing department. I must admit that (although I really didn’t mind) the native browser of the BlackBerry previous the Torch was not a 100% happy for everybody. But now with the introduction of this new version, we count with tabs, a better organized menu and really fast browsing, complementing 3G speed. Personally I use Social Network client, but I use the browser, to post on Google Buzz and to check something I need to look.


Social Feed

Another newset addition is the Social Feed services int the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Basically an access to your social networks account all in one by a Feed specially designed to serve on that purpose incluiding the respective pics for every post. By default you can add Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. Also there is a RSS section where you can add the Feed from your favorite website.


Video Review

Short review filmed in a hot afternoon.


Tips For a Better Experience

from my post of

Again revisit a timeless, but practical dilemma user equipment mobile, more so with new equipment. How to maximize the Torch BlackBerry 9800? After testing hypotheses and theories, we present alternatives to better understand optimize enjoyment.

Happy days have been lucky for us this weekend we get the Torch BlackBerry 9800. But every joy has its stones in the road. Obviously the best example is if the device is going to consume battery since it was active or problematic you can bring the screen. Here we show that we understand the best steps are appropriate to maximize the Torch.

First we present the new BlackBerry battery model F-S1

We advance the possibility of a new battery when the Torch barely even named Torch and here we have it. It has a 1270 mAh electrical flow, slightly lower than the Bold 9700 is about 1400.

Well, the first note, as mentioned earlier. A new BlackBerry box should be charged initially to "condition" the battery. The weather will be variable between 4-8 hours. Many of us wonder if 'is left overnight connected "or" all day. "The truth is that there is a 120% or 200%, once the battery reaches full capacity load stop and the phone actually stays on the electrical outlet. "Condition" refers to a battery initial charge when the computer is first used. Hence will depend on how long it takes to deplete and how long it takes to recharge.
The recommended settings on the screens is that the brightness is at its minimum value (between 10 and 30), Backlight in 30 sec. Accessed from Options-> Display

You will notice that the "pod" that included the Torch will not be very practical in principle. We noticed a time interval that the team would not be reloaded but quite a problem for the moment we do not recommend experimenting with connectors of other equipment. If you are not comfortable, recharge your laptop or PC.
This tutorial will complement, meanwhile, are more common theme here .
TouchScreen and Keys

The Torch BlackBerry striking, it is obvious that the touch screen. We believe that these are the best options for maximum enjoyment with OS 6.
In Options-> Typing & Input, you will find the options. In the area of TouchScreen Sensivity find the options:

  1. Tap: Controls the time in which the team recorded two taps on the screen as a double tap.
  2. Hover Period: It can be explained with this example, when writing a message, to access the special characters on the keyboard, place, or continuously play without pressure, on any letter that contains the desired character. The smaller the float period, the less time you have to wait for what you want.
  3. Swipe Sensivity: Controls as page up or down when we are reading a long document or Web page long, etc.

To users of the Storm was recommended that the Tap and Hover were made 100, but there is no need for this, since the Torch is not SurePress technology, so put the Tap and Hover at average levels for a good balance while Swipe please the high value.
Main Screen

On the main screen we have several groups of icons orders applications . Obviously, the "All" can only arrange the icons. To move them, put the finger on the icon you want to move, you will get a menu where you can move, move to folder, delete, mark "favorite" and hide.

  1. We'll move if you want to change position
  2. If you want to get in the section on "Favorites", makes the star, this makes the icon appears in this section for quick access

The other options we have already seen in other models BlackBerry. The other sections are self-explanatory.the Downloads section is where you've summed up everything that dropped the team, while "Frequent" is an estimate that the Torch made based on how often you use one application only for the simple but useful purpose of quick access.
Feed and Social Applications Social Networking

One of the most striking of the team has been the integration of social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace within the Torch. Surely they have already linked your accounts, but you'll notice that it is a bit tedious as Feed unfortunately it takes a little extra energy to the team. You can become a bit complementary to the beginning of this tutorial, but also practical if you're serious people who are working or want to check your accounts yourself.
In Setup-> Social Networking is where you can set your three accounts. When setting up all accounts, make sure the options of how often the feed is updated, we recommend the high setting:

  1. Facebook: 3 hours
  2. Twitter: 1 hour
  3. Myspace 180 minutes

If you add feeds of your favorite sites, be sure to check the Social Feed three hours later.
In Social Feed, Menu Button (logo BlackBerry) -> Options-> RSS Options.
Also, you can turn off the LED indicator (red bulb) in Message-> Menu (BlackBerry logo Button) -> Message Alert-> Other-> Social Feeds.

Enjoy as you know I am


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Monthly Geeky Vol 9: Tumblr


We are reviewing today a really good alternative on micro-blogging, very interactive which I discovered by May and I want to talk about.

Meet Tumblr


Tumblr is a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private.

David Karp founded Tumblr in 2007 with Marco Arment as lead developer. 75,000 existing bloggers soon switched to the platform, and since that time, the service has garnered more than 3 million users. In 2009, Tumblr acquired the Tumblr iPhone app that was created by Jeff Rock.

On March 17, 2010, the Tumblr staff blog announced that Tumblr is now accessible on BlackBerry smart phones via an app created by Mobelux. On April 17, 2010, the application was made available on BlackBerry App World.

According to a March 8, 2010 post by David Karp to the Tumblr staff blog, the site is now averaging 2,000,000 posts and 15,000 new users every day.


How did I meet Tumblr?

Quite frankly I didn’t discovered Tumblr. Thanks to my good friend Lynnette Perez, in a good Friday after tweeting on the popular trend of #FollowFriday of Twitter, she invited me to see her blog on Tumblr. Well to tell you the truth, I really was hesitating about having a second blog. First, because I adore and love my Blogger experience. Second (and as you have seen) there are period of times that really have no time to post and won’t do a sense in that way having a second blog. But all the time that I could spend with Lynnette when she was in Puerto Rico, the few things that she had asked me, I really didn’t want to be a “no” man and I felt this was not the time (and never will be :) ) to deny. Practically thanks to her that I am doing this review nowadays.

The Dashboard


The Dashboard is not that different as we see in a stream as Facebook or Myspace. But what I love about is that you can add your Tweets stream from your Twitter account. Making it a good alternative if you are in a place that have Twitter banned from their network. Now that was a good impression that I took. But quite frankly is not that hard to get used to it.

The Page


The simplicity of a page design it is really outstanding for people who really doesn’t have any experience programming on the internet or doesn’t want to screw the head designing CSS headers or developing HTML codes and mappings. Tumblr have a quite selection of pre-made selection of custom makeups for your pages and most of theme have being enabled to have a personal touch of you. Of course Tumblr have a HTML editor so you can have a personal touch to your page. The bset thing also, it is just a few clicks away.

The Veredict

Cool alternative to both Blogging and Micro-Blogging. If you are on the go, you can have either the BlackBerry’s or the iPhone’s client for Tumblr where you practically have the Dashboard at the palm of your hand. Also you can publish anything you want. From thoughs to quotes. From Videos to sound files. Any limits is yours limits.