Conclusion: If you're a Blackberry fan, and want a touchscreen smartphone, the Blackberry Torch 9800 won't disappoint. It's not quite as slick as some of its touchscreen rivals, but it's every bit as good in terms of build quality, and the QWERTY keyboard is a joy for longer texts or emails.
Pros: As with other Blackberry devices, the Blackberry Torch 9800 is beautifully made. The faux leather rear case gives a tactile feel, and chrome highlights add a touch of style and quality. The sliding mechanism works well, and the Torch 9800 feels great in hand. It's the keyboard that sets this phone aside from its rivals, however. The QWERY keyboard may be a bit smaller than some of the other handsets on sale, but it's easily better than most when it comes to usability....
Cons: The Blackberry Torch 9800 is a big phone, and thicker and heavier than most of its rivals. Granted, devices like the Apple iPhone 4 don't have a beautiful keyboard for emailing, but if you're after a pocket-friendly device this probably isn't the handset for you. The operating system on this phone also lags behind the best, feeling slightly old and clunky.
Excerpt: Once the king of smartphones, RIM has fallen on hard times with the introduction of more user friendly smartphones. To combat these challengers to the throne RIM has released the BlackBerry Torch. Does it meet the new demands of the consumer market or...
Summary: At Rs. 35,000, the Torch 9800 is quite expensive. It has a touchscreen and a full keypad and a host of other goodies that make it a very feature rich offering. However, some issues with build quality and the astronomical price make us hesitate before recommending it.
Pros: Good QWERTY and onscreen keypad, Very good voice clarity and network performance, Feature loaded
Cons: Expensive, not exactly value for money, Shoddy build is noticeable in some places, Heavy
Conclusion: On the front you have a 3.5″ multi-touch capacitive screen with a resolution of 320×480 pixels- again a spec borrowed from the aging Bold 9700. Below the screen you have the optical pad along with two buttons on either side- a very standard BlackBerry configuration. The screen slides up revealing a full keyboard that is somewhat similar to the one found on the BlackBerry Bold except the keys feel a bit flatter which is a problem most sliding keyboard devices face.
the Torch 9800 Cell Phone - AT&T
If RIM set out to create an iPhone/Android OS competitor, it's probably failed. It's unlikely that someone considering one of those devices would see the
and think "this is for me."
What RIM has succeeded in doing however, is creating a BlackBerry that BlackBerry users will want and enjoy. Although it might not gain RIM marketshare, it will definitely aid in retention.
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Bright, colorful, 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen, BlackBerry 6 OS, Vertical slide QWERTY, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 4GB built-in memory; 4GB card pre-installed
Cons: Functionality not completely compatible with touch, Slow Web surfing, Flat physical QWERTY keys, Poor network connectivity, Smaller screen than smartphone competitors
Conclusion: First things first, traditional BlackBerry users will find the Torch 9800 as a worthy device to continue RIM's legacy as it easily maintains all the aspects about BlackBerry with a dash of some new features. RIM's attempt in attracting new users might prove difficult despite boasting a prized form factor and revamped platform that play to the strengths of the everyday consumer.
Pros: Responsive QWERTY, Decent battery life
Cons: Issues with rendering some web pages, Still outdated looking interface
Excerpt: While the Storm was a bold departure for RIM, the Torch represents a highly refined version of what BlackBerry owners have come to know and love. The welcome but not-too-extreme makeover starts with BlackBerry 6, a new OS that features a modern-looking interface with multiple home screens, a much improved WebKit browser, and a Social Feed app that aggregates Facebook, Twitter, and RSS updates.
Pros: Multiple home screens and notification panel, Elegant design with physical keyboard, Sharp and fast 5-MP camera, Much improved web browser with tabs, Time-saving Social Feed app
Cons: Sluggish at times, Low-resolution display, Doesn't support 720p video, Slower web surfing than iPhone 4
Summary: While this powerful BlackBerry has an impressive set of features and social networking facilities, its overall style may not be enough to convince Berry fans to replace their Curves, Pearls and Bolds.