Summary: Last year, in an attempt to catch up with other smart phone manufacturers, RIM has come up with a set of handsets with almost identical specs only in different forms. This is nothing new. In fact we're so used to seeing a bunch of handsets that really doesn't differ much from their other devices besides its OS and form factor. In all honesty, in spite of all its features, I still think that the Torch 9810 will have a hard time acquiring switchers in our market.
Summary: For those who haven’t followed my smartphone history (and I suspect many haven’t), last December I gave up my BlackBerry Curve 8530 for an Android phone. It’s true, I was long a BlackBerry (and BlackBerry Messenger) addict, but as of December 2010, RIM left me with no other choice but to abandon ship. It had yet to provide, well, a modern-day smartphone — one with a great browsing and app experience.
Pros: Good camera, Sturdy build, Snappy performance
Cons: Same old design, OS is seriously dated, App selection is quite terrible
Excerpt: Many smartphones aim for bigger designs to fit all their features. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is different, as it continues using the same design as older Torch models, but it still packs tons of power into the device to make it a smooth and fast smartphone.
Pros: The BlackBerry 7 OS is intuitive and easy to learn.
Cons: Everything about this phone feels old and out-dated.
Summary: If you're a slider fan but felt the original BlackBerry Torch to be underpowered, you owe it to yourself to at the very least, put this device in your hands and take it for a spin. It's a solid, faster Torch experience and as much as we hate to repeat ourselves, is what the original BlackBerry Torch should have been. First time Torch owners will love the power the device brings!
Summary: RIM has undoubtedly been sinking, but the Torch 9810 manages to do a lot of things well. For BlackBerry users, the Torch's quick web browsing, seamless system navigation, and high-def video will be welcome upgrades.
Pros: Attractive design, Bright vivid display, Better data speeds than other BlackBerrys, Loud speaker
Cons: Expensive, Limited app selection, Touch keyboard is cramped in portrait mode
Conclusion: It feels like we’re going over old ground, but the BlackBerry Torch 9810 remains a great phone for the fundamentals and email. If that’s what you’re looking for, in a solid, sturdy design, the Torch 9810 is a great choice. Between this and the Bold 9900, it may not be as stylish, but many will like the better auto-focus camera, and choice of entry methods, offering a larger touchscreen, touchpad and keyboard entry.