Torch 9850 vs S3
I recently "upgraded" from a Storm 2 to the Samsung S3. I'm on Verizon. I'm not sure how I feel about the S3. My main problem is getting my emails sooner than 15 mins. Thats the lowest setting I can use on the phone. So I'm thinking about switching to the 9850.
What's the general consensus on the 9850? Do people like it or does it leave something to be desired? I really liked my Storm 2 but its touch screen is becoming unusable as it multiselects things and reboots randomly. I really need email access for work. I have a few days left with the S3 to decide.
Thank you for the help!
- 08-15-2012, 10:26 AM #2
You wont regret it.
Thanks for the response! I think the S3 might have a lot of what I don't need and I don't quite care for the OS. It seems like you have to go thru a lot of screens to get things done and you can't end programs like on the BB. You have to go to the screen that's got everything running and force stop them.
- 08-16-2012, 10:59 PM #6
I also had the 9550, and actually the 9530 before that. The difference between OS5 and OS7 is huge and much improved. However, the screen is much more sensitive and took my a couple of months to get used to. The screen sensitivity can be adjusted as well as the sensitivity on the trackpad, which by the way, is a huge benefit for navigating and for copy and paste, which I absolutely hated on the Storms. I liked my Storms and didn't have too many issues with them, but I think they really addressed all of the shortcomings of those device on the 9850.
- 08-16-2012, 11:06 PM #7
Also, now that I'm not trying to press the click screen and have gotten used to the touchscreen, I am now back to using SureType in portrait. I take full advantage of the word completion which seems to me to be way better on BB than other OS's.
- 08-16-2012, 11:20 PM #8
My Mom used to have the Storm 2 and then upgraded to a 9850. She is an average user and she LOVES her 9850. Huge step up from a Storm 2. The S3 is nice, but if you like BlackBerry you will enjoy the Torch 9850. It does all the simple things well.
I really enjoy BB's interface. I found it intuitive to use. Android seems cumbersome. BB spell correction is second to none IMO. The email issue with the S3 is annoying. I like the S3's ability to browse the web as well. But I am used to browsing the web on the Storm 2 which was never anything great. I will probably hit a VZ store today or tomorrow and check out the 9850 again.
- 08-18-2012, 11:03 PM #11
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- 08-20-2012, 09:53 AM #17
Touchscreen BB Phones have come a long way since the Storm 1! That was the first BlackBerry Phone I started with. I use a 9930 now and am in LOVE with it, but the Torch 9850 would be my second choice only because of the keyboard. I'm honestly satisfied with BB 7 Phones. My 9930 does everything I need. Not sure if I will ever upgrade to a BB10..
The Verizon store here in Maine has BB's on display. It seems there are still some small issues with the Torch but nothing to serious. I was reading the reviews on the Verizon website and it seems like a lot of people had a lot of problems with this phone. Is that true or has most of it been worked out now? Does the phone lock when you hold it to your ear when making a call? I know my Storm 2 wouldn't always do it but you had to click the screen to make something happen so it wasn't a big deal.
- 08-20-2012, 11:14 AM #19
Well that's a good sign that they still have BB's on display there in Maine. Maybe it's because they sell better there than here in Cali.. But My Mom uses a Torch 9850 and I configure it for her since she is only a basic user. But the only problem she had was with the music not shuffling for some reason. Other than that no real problems with the hardware or software. When you make a call the screen goes dark and then when you pull it away from your ear and look at it, it lights up automatically again. There was just an update last week for the Torch and the battery life seems better and no bugs that My Mom has complained of. So overall I think it's a Great Phone!
- 08-20-2012, 03:24 PM #21
My Mom uses a Torch 9850 for music when she goes to the gym and the sound quality is great. She can go through a whole couple hours of working out with no glitches or problems. I have also listened to music a couple times on a 9850 myself and it sounds really good with headphones. You can change the audio boost to however you like your music. Like Bass Boost or Rock or however you like it. Music sounds decent when just playing music from the phone's speakers. But overall I think the music quality is pretty good!
- 08-21-2012, 02:17 AM #23
9860 Good, But made by foolish designer.
I have been using the 9860 for a long time. I have many other phones having android.
Yes BB interface for e-Mail is very good . I found typing in Android much easier.
My Major issue with 9860 is its hard buttons. I have no idea why BB designers chose to give these hard buttons which are very difficult to press. BB could have used buttons similar to what there in any other phone like Bold, which are easy press and respond. Coupled to this issue, a large number of users are facing menu and back button issue. I also have this issue for a 6 months. Changed the phone and still the same issue. There is no clarity whether this is hardware issue or software issue. No comments till now from BB team. They are keeping silent on BB forums. You will hate BB for ever if you get this phone with similar issue.
Links: 9860 - Back and BB Buttons Stop Responding - Page 2 - BlackBerry Support Community Forums
back button possible solution/cause. Need feedback.
Otherwise it is a good phone.
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08-21-2012, 02:24 AM #24
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What is your email service? If using Gmail for example it should push to anything android or blackberry. I get emails instantly on both my Bold and Droid Razr using k9 mail. Whereas yahoo pushes instantly to my Bold but there is a delay on my razr (a polling interval).
So which email provider are you using?
Oh I have a 9850 too. Good phone. If you plan to type in portrait mode I would enable and learn the reduced keyboard.
Sent from my flip-phone.
Last edited by southlander; 08-21-2012 at 02:27 AM.