Just got the Torch 9860.
I've just got the 9860 yesterday after replacing my Curve 8520. I'm loving the touch screen so far, though, the auto-rotation is bit annoying, but it'll take some adapting. Everything is pretty simple to get used to.
But are there any "must-have apps" I should download for the Torch?
- CrackBerry Abuser
06-06-2012, 01:31 PM #2
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Congrats! For starters on the "must-have app" list, I would recommend a restart app. Without the physical keyboard, the only alternative to restart is a battery pull, which can be a hassle depending on if you use a case for your phone. Restartme is free and works well, but I use Meterberry which is not free.
- 06-06-2012, 03:18 PM #3
BEweather. Then it depends on what you are in to. Social Media (FB/Twitter)? Games (Need for Speed Shift 3d, Balloon Gunner 3d; Tank Recon 3d - all use the OpenGL - - and stay away from tetris for 9850/9860, it suxs)? Sports (NFL & MLB apps are still available for BB - no NHL or NBA, though some people use score mobile, I'm not a fan)? Exercise (Endomondo Pro - its pretty good but will not shuffle a play list)? Productivity(Docs to Go; RSA SecurID, Telenav GPS, Tether-one time fee works great)? There are even some NSFW/NSFC apps that I've heard are quite good.Ad Lucem
- CrackBerry Abuser
06-06-2012, 03:33 PM #5
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Congrats! I love my 9860. My list of favorite apps:
deLightReset (for resetting)
AutoLock (slide lock app)
deLightReset is the only free app. All others you need to pay for. Many CB'rs prefer the Advance OS Led app that does what BeBuzz and LeaveItOn do, but it's absolutely free. I just prefer what LeaveItOn can do.
There are many free slide lock apps. I recommend getting one because, although the top lock button works great, if your backlight goes on when you receive a text/email/phone call, it is easy to accidentally open an app. Most of the locking apps will function as soon as your backlight goes off.
Have fun with it!
- 06-06-2012, 03:40 PM #6
No offense but BB traffic and BB maps suxs weasel marbles. If you really need navigation (work travel or wife and kids) use Telenav. It's $10 a year. Less than $1 a month and is really excellent.Ad Lucem
- 06-07-2012, 09:42 AM #7
I agree with TTBGF.....
Get meterberry, allows for restart at specific time (30 min before you wake up), shows discharge rate. a good one.
Also, Beweather and BeBuzz.
Maybe Pattern Lock. set it up and easy unlocking, but impossible for others( Wife, Kids, Snoops, Police). I had a Motor Cop pull me over for "what he described as "distracted driving". Asked me if I had anything to drink (or smoke), and of course I said no. He gave me a Field Sobriety test (passed), then he went to the breathalyzer. I said sure, why not. Nothing on the breathalyzer.
Now it gets interesting:
He noticed through my open window my BB phone and Platbook sitting on my pasenger seat. He said he wanted to look at my phone for text/phone calls. I told him I have a Bluetooth device on my visor (Plantronics K-100). But I had not used my phone for anything since leaving work. He still wanted to see the phone. I knew better.
Soooo, I handed him my phone and when he tried to "access" the logs, all he got was the Pattern Lock screen. He realized it was locked, and he asked me for the code to unlock it. I politely told him no, that is my personal and PRIVATE property. I have sensitive docs and such in my phone. He tried to imply that I HAD to unlock it for him. I said no I don't, I will unlock it and show you the logs (while keeping my phone in my hand. That did not sit to well with him. I then told him that if you really want to see what is in my phone, get a warrant. He went back to his car, came back after 5 minutes and told me to leave and drive safely. That was it. I thought he would be calling in a supervisor or something, but I am guessing he tried to check to see if he could "force" me to unlocking my phone, and or confiscate it for further ticketing or whatever.
Just a side note of main topic, but wanted to share. By the way this was in Califonia, USA.
- 06-07-2012, 10:42 AM #8
1. The regular lock screen is much more secure. 2. If an officer has witnessed you speaking or texting while driving, they will just write you the ticket or arrest you if they are so inclined. 3. If they ask - they need permission. Examples - "May I look in your vehicle/trunk/glove compartment." or "May I search you?" This means they do not have probable cause and can not execute a search without a warrant Or your permission.Ad Lucem
- 06-07-2012, 11:09 AM #9
2. If an officer has witnessed you speaking or texting while driving, they will just write you the ticket or arrest you if they are so inclined. If the officer Hadseen me talking with my hand up to my ear, then I deserve a citation.
3. If they ask - they need permission. Examples - "May I look in your vehicle/trunk/glove compartment." or "May I search you?" This means they do not have probable cause and can not execute a search without a warrant Or your permission.
That is correct. BUT, if I had failed any of the field sobriety tests, then they don't need permission to search the car. They get away with "doing an inventory" of the vehicle before they have it impounded. Or, they can get a dog to do a perimeter search of the vehicle, and if the dog "hits" on something, then they may ask you to do a search of your car/person. If you refuse, they will make you wait untill a supervisor comes with a warrant. And then you deal with the ramifications (if they find something stupid in your vehicle)
BUT it's still your Consitutional Right not to have to surrender any info or data (or code for phones/safes/ etc. See Item 5 under the Constitution ( "The 5th Amendment").
But it boils down to a couple of things: Money grabs. They place laws on the books like cell phone use during driving, needing hands free devices etc. Now they are even thinking of outlawing the TOTAL USE of a cell phone by the driver, INCLUDING hands free use. Which I kind of agree with, it's not that your are holding a phone to your ear while driving, it's the actual conversation that your brain is doing that effects the concentration of driving. AND they already have a law for that: Driving while distracted. (or words to that effect, may vary state to state.)
Oh and just for poops and giggles, here in the San Francisco city, they are now giving out tickets to people who(m) do not "curb" their wheels. Even when parked on perfectly FLAT/LEVEL ground. doesn't matter if there is a grade or not.
sorry for hijacking............oops, sorry don't want to use that word, mis-directing the direction of this thread.
Take care and be happy with your Torch and Playbook, GREAT COMBO!
- 06-07-2012, 11:15 AM #10
Quite right about the money grab. Every State has a 'distracted driving' law which covers anything which impairs a driver's ability to focus on driving. Can be eating a cheeseburger, putting on makeup, yelling at kids in the backseat, talking or texting, changing a radio station, watcing a video; use of navigation equipment, reading a book/map; engaging in/ receiving.... You get the picture. There is no need for addittional legislation.
WTH was this thread about again?Ad Lucem
- 06-07-2012, 12:44 PM #11
Wanted to know what the best apps were for a new BB Torch owner.
Ok, now back to our regularly scheduled programing.....
Pattern Lock (MAYBE ilock Pro)
Now, back to you Chet.............
- 06-07-2012, 07:57 PM #13
Recommend Face Lock too.
- 06-07-2012, 08:10 PM #14Sent from me using my fingers. Be pantless in 5K. Febreze - for more than smells.
the 50K CrackBerry challenge
- CrackBerry Abuser
06-07-2012, 10:25 PM #15
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I like MyBattery. You will find that the Torch 9860 will burn through the battery much faster than your old Curve. This app graphs your battery usage, so you can note unusually high drain rate or high temperature.
I also use Yellow Pages and Poynt. QR Scanner can be useful if you like to be marketed to.