I went ahead and got my Torch yesterday, migrated from a wonderful fully functioning 9700 to the 9800.
I cannot say I am fully in love or totally overwhelmed by joy plus in total agreement with the marketing hype RIM has put out. Moving from a very recent device to the latest has been somewhat a difficult transition.
-Virtual keyboard is annoying, if one is used to typing on a 9700, it will be a downgrade in my opinion to type on the physical keyboard on the the 9800. I am not getting it, to type on the virtual keyboard, it is so highly inaccurate for my typing, I have already problems to type with accuracy my passwords. If I had a stylus, maybe it is going to be more accurate? I also wish that the virtual keyboard can be permanently hidden with a setting, rather for the thing to constantly appear. I rather want the opportunity to let's say click on an icon if I wish to type on the virtual.
For now, if i want to type, I definitely prefer to type on the real keyboard.
-Browser - I had high hopes somehow, but I cannot see the value at this point of having this webkit browser, because I feel that it requires from my end more key strokes to start reading something when the browser opens. Granted, some websites are better, but somehow, I feel that I constantly zoom, move and trying to pinpoint on the webpage to an area where I can start read. Again, not all website, but I miss my column page setting as a defaul reading view. Is there one? It is usable and I don't find that the browser to be "beta"...but I am somehow not getting the hype, as I am not detecting anything earth shattering, at least from my user experience.
-Speed - I was concerned, by all means, reading all the information that has been posted, I was embracing myself for one slow phone, but I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised, the speed dilemma some folks have raised, didn't bother me...it was a smooth transition from the 9700, and I am certain, with some additional software device updates, the minor lag that some folks experience will get only better. It took like 6mos for my 9700 to function beautifully, why should the 9800 be different?
I am also sure that some of the software apps we use as a third party download are not near being optimized for this device, so I can only imagine that updates on the third party apps to be certified for sure to run on the 9800, can only make the experience better.
-Apps that run on 9800, my oh my, what a rude awakening. I was stunned to realized that Viigo was not working, how could this happen, considering it was purchased by RIM, right? Viigo was my favorite all time app, in fact it made me stay with Blackberry. How di the Viigo engineering migrated to OS6 and the Torch 9800, beats me. I have imported all my feeds into the social feed app, but for my life I cannot get the efficiency of getting through all my reading materials that I was able to do so with Viigo. When I click on an article in the social feed and I don't want to read the full article, I couldn't find a "Next" button, icon, option or anythign that allows me to browse through all my articles with efficiency, but instead i have to get out, and go through the inbox and into the next article. Am I missing something? I read the Blackberry Docs for this, and no other menu options/shortcuts were listed when reading a feed. Other apps, like worldmate, beejive, etc., all experience some problems in getting it to truly work on the 9800 the way it suppose to. Again, all signs that there are some work ahead for the apps to be re-written, assuming that they will be re-written. I can live with all that, however, I don't understand why Social Feed was included as such an underwhelming app, considering the Viigo intelligence was brought inhouse by purchasing the company. If doing nothing was the aim to save cost, at least bring the Viigo app working as part of the launch of the 9800 and give the user a choice.
-Cases - I am using a case mate which is being pushed by ATT and by case mate as an exclusive, the barely there case...well, it will be very hard to remove, that's for sure once it is out, so be aware, no easy way to remove battery and memory card so easily, in fact so difficult, my fingers (and nails) still hurt from requiring to swap out my memory card once!
-Screen resolution - a slight little upgrade would have been nice, but truthfully, it doesn't bother me, because my videos, pictures and all that good stuff looks fine to me, identical to my 9700 which never bothered me. Purely from a functional standpoint, I find everything to appear nicely on screen, and I assume it helps with the power consumption..I do enjoy the bigger screen overall. And yes, compared to the other super smartphones, my 9800 is the underdog...
-Batterylife - definitely, hoping for some software updates to get to the same level of power consumption like my 9700. I do not get near the power savings I was enjoying with my 9700, just some simple trying out my phone before going to bed (fully charged) and waking up in the AM shows drain on my phone which my "old" phone didn't...there is definitely improvement required, however, if you are constantly charging the phone, like I do, I guess the gap currently can be overcome. However, anyone who is on the go and can only sporadically charge, I think there is a learning curver here.
In summary, I am trying to come to an understanding why I upgraded to the 9800, and I honestly cannot find a compelling reason at this point -yet- that made it such a overwhelming yes for my previous upgrades for the latest.. (e.g. 8800 to 8820, 8820 to 9000, 9000 to 9700). 9700 to 9800 is definitely a different animal for me personally, and
I hope it will grow on me
Those are my thoughts..