One Touch and I'm Taken with RIM's BlackBerry Torch

Summer blessed us with some seriously cool phones - some of the best I've seen all year.
Sprint's "4G" debut - the HTC EVO 4G- is incredibly fast. The iPhone 4 is incredibly user-friendly to the data lover. And the Droid Incredible by HTC gives the iPhone 4 a run for its money, with social-network-focused interfaces and cool applications. The Droid X sports a big screen and faster speeds than the original (You've come a long way, Android).
But it hasn't been all sunny skies. Summer's seen its fair share of shortages (the Sprint EVO and HTC Incredible come to mind.) and network reception issues (ahem, iPhone 4!!).
Still, part of me was a little bit sad that of these cool phones fit the bill for me -- I love my BlackBerry's QWERTY keypad and the clean texts it produces. 

Sure, I want the vivid touchscreen interface, and the ability to quickly download movies - or at least see the graphics in my Gmail inbox. But am I willing to go the iPhone/Droid X route of touchscreen conformity? Not even close.
That's why I got super jealous when I came back from my Belize honeymoon to discover that TMC's gadget-girl-partner-in-crime Erin Monda snagged the new BlackBerry Torch 9800. It's the first smartphone with a touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard from Research in Motion.
Guys, this thing is AWESOME. With the touchscreen interface, you get one-finger access to loads of features - mobile banking, social networking and Google's search engine. And then all you have to do is slide out the little keypad to type. It feels just like a Curve.
I didn't get much time to fiddle with it today (deadlines suck!), but I'm psyched regardless. The Torch is the first launch that features the much-hyped BlackBerry 6 operating system.
Briefly, I did get to check out the intuitive messaging capabilities - and could instantly see Erin's top Gmail and Facebook messages plus relevant RSS feeds.
Other notable features include easy access to the BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Twitter. It apparently includes a dedicated YouTube app and Podcasts app, though I didn't see either on the home screen. It's available now through AT&T. Which begs the question: Am I ready to leave Verizon for this baby?

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