Blackberry Torch 9860 – great hardware tarnished by an outdated OS and severe lack of apps
22 August 2011
Conclusion: If your company is giving this to you for free, consider yourself lucky, but if you have the choice, a few weeks with the new Blackberry OS will definitely make you switch back to an iPhone or Android smartphone. Kudos to RIM for trying, but the new device doesn’t make up for the outdated software that they stuffed it with.
Blackberry Torch 9800 vs HTC Sensation – comparing the flagships from RIM and HTC
12 July 2011
Conclusion: Overall, I’m not impressed with the Blackberry Torch 9800, a flagship smartphone, and I think that you have to be a real diehard fan of RIM to choose it over the Sensation and Android (if you have a choice, of course – the latter can do everything a business/corporate user needs to do, while also having a lot of other features and options.
Conclusion: The phone market is changing quickly and unsurpsingly the Torch 600Mhz processor feels slow next to the dual-core LG Optimus 2X and the 1Ghz Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Although we should point out that for browsing, typing and emailing – which are the main reasons people buy a Blackberry - it is perfectly adequate. Blackberry's core users will really like the Torch.
Excerpt: Quote from review: "Whether or not you believe the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 from AT&T is as revolutionary as RIM's TV ads imply, depends on what side of the smartphone divide you're on. If you're a current BlackBerry user, you'll find the Torch a quantum improvement over RIM's last touch-screen attempt, the Storm, and an amusing alternative to BlackBerry's suddenly quaint non-touch interface.
Excerpt: RIM's all new BlackBerry Torch 9800 for AT&T capitalizes on BlackBerry's historical strength by including awesome keyboard and killer email while featuring a plethora of new features including a proper touchscreen, upgraded camera and the highly anticipated BlackBerry 6 operating system . It will be available August 12th for $199.99 after contract. You thought sliders were played out? Well think again.
Pros: vertical slider form factor suits the BlackBerry experience, proper, full physical keyboard is easy to type on, solid build quality - feels like a quality Tool, 5 megapixel camera delivers great photos, BlackBerry 6 is a big step up all around (, You can now enjoy web browsing on a BlackBerry with the new WebKit rendering!, Universal Search fundamentally changes the way you navigate your BlackBerry, The
Cons: 360 x 480 display is ok, but a higher resolution display would really have taken the Torch 9800 to another level, 624MHz processor delivers ok performance, but a faster processor would help the Torch power through tasks like web browsing even faster, Lack of OpenGL support for 3D Graphics is disappointing, 640 x 480 video recording resolution is disappointing (especially considering how much better the camera now is for taking photos)
Excerpt: When the arrival of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 came knocking, I was pretty much psyched to see if this snazzy new BlackBerry with its Palm...
Pros: Solid construction. Staple Blackberry features like keyboard, email, call quality, and battery life are still intact. Found the option of having a tangible keyboard and onscreen one extremely useful as well as sanity pleasing. OS 6 is intuitive to use with its new Homescreen design, universal inbox, and universal search, as well as its social media enhancements. WiFi Music Sync will even impress iPhone enthusiasts.
Cons: Poor camera and video quality. Display (sigh) is old school. Device tends to lag at times when processing websites or switching in between tasks.
Excerpt: It’s been a while since I’ve used a BlackBerry. My first experience was with the BlackBerry 8820 a few years ago. Today, we’ve got the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 to review, which RIM calls its best BlackBerry phone ever. It’s the first device with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, and the software design is much better than it has been in the past — but is that enough, and are the differences significant?