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Choosing The Right BlackBerry: Torch, Curve or Bold?

The BlackBerry line of phones is diverse. It’s not too difficult to tell which phones are which; with a wide variety of styles and designs, Research in Motion has tried to offer a smartphone for every kind of user.

Yet BlackBerry’s beauty is not only skin deep. Aesthetics are important, but only with a truly comprehensive smartphone comparison as a guide will you be able to choose the right BlackBerry device.

Various models in each line are available to customers of Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T along with most other carriers outside the Big Four.

The BlackBerry Torch

For most of their shopping lives, smartphone consumers have had to choose between a physical keyboard and a touchscreen keyboard. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 and 9810 eliminate that difficult decision: Both models feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as a touchscreen QWERTY.
The Blackberry Torch

The BlackBerry 9810 has 8 GB of onboard memory. A professional who needs this much—a market analyst, for example—would find this device useful.

For those interested in sharing videos and music, the Torch formats videos in seven different types of files and audio in 13 types.

The BlackBerry Curve

Popular with college students and others who need to be active socially but can’t afford the flashier specs of a phone like the Torch, the BlackBerry Curve has a 2.44-inch screen and a physical keyboard with a track pad.

Five hours of continuous talk time are supported by its battery, along with 45 hours of musical playback.
The Blackberry Curve

Many current Curve users switched over after using the BlackBerry Pearl line of phones, an early success of RIM’s. Well-reviewed e-mail capabilities helped make the Pearl one of the most successful phones of the early smartphone era.

The BlackBerry Bold

The BlackBerry Bold was made for anyone who uses their phone to perform a wide variety of tasks on a daily basis. With a depth of just 0.41 inches, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest available phone RIM has made to date. It weighs just over four and a half ounces.

It offers 6.6 hours of continuous talk time and 50 hours of audio playback. Like the Torch, the Bold has both a touchscreen and a physical keyboard. The BlackBerry Bold’s keyboard does not slide out, however.
The Blackberry Bold

It features a 2.8-inch screen on which users can view pictures taken with its 5-megapixel camera or videos captured in high definition.

The touchscreen version, the BlackBerry Bold 9930, is similar to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 but draws more heavily upon RIM’s experience manufacturing touchscreen phones like the early-era Storm.

Hailed by outlets like TIME Magazine prior to its 2008 release, the BlackBerry Storm was a signal to the smartphone world that RIM was on the cutting edge of technology. It was one of the earliest touchscreen phones to find market success in the smartphone community.

With the release of BlackBerry 10 RIM again plans to pave the way for the smartphone community, moving forward on the power of a reputation built by phones like the Torch, Curve and Bold.

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