Reviews and Problems with BlackBerry Torch 9810 / Torch 2
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BlackBerry Torch 9810 review
30 January 2012
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
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: Casual BlackBerry users will likely find the Torch 9810 pleasantly fast, quirky and a little bit charming. Those who love physical keyboards will adore that of the 9810 – but it’s not any better than the keyboards on other BlackBerry handsets. The touchscreen, while bright and responsive, is a bit too small to really be taken advantage of. Call functionality is excellent, and data speeds on AT&T’s HSPA+ are better than 3G, but far slower than other carriers’ 4G options.
Pros: Bright, responsive display, Full QWERTY keyboard, Fast browser, Inexpensive
Cons: Small touchscreen, Far outdated OS, Terrible app selection, Plastic construction, fragile moving parts, Short battery life
Summary: Overall, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is unlikely to excite. It's a good handset, but it could have been better. That said, if you're looking for a BlackBerry, and want the advantage of a decent web browser and big screen to view it on, it's worth a second look.
The Light Shines On - The BlackBerry Torch 9810 Reviewed
16 September 2011
Excerpt: The Torch 9810 is the successor to the original Torch on AT&T. While the original was shrouded in mystery, the successor is more open to the public. Does this new iteration of the Torch shine on or do the flames die quick?
Conclusion: In all honesty, this is exactly what the original model should’ve been like from the beginning. In an age of dual-cores, the 1.2GHz single-core CPU of the Torch 9810 isn’t quite as captivating, and combining the fact that it recycles the original’s design in every way, it lacks any WOW factor. Besides the faster performance of OS 7 that we’re seeing, there’s nothing dramatically different or new to warrant existing Torch 9800 owners to make the jump.
Pros: Much more responsive platform experience, Vastly superior web browsing performance
Cons: Recycled design, Not enough new features with OS 7, Outdated right from the start
Conclusion: If you're an original Torch owner and you enjoy that phone, the Torch 9810 is a sweet upgrade that brings much faster performance while keeping battery life the same. The higher resolution display, faster data connection and refreshed OS add to the pleasure, and the solid build quality improves on the old Torch.
Pros: Faster data speeds, faster CPU, improved web browser.
Cons: OS 7 feels out of date, 3rd party apps weak, keyboard is cramped.
Excerpt: There are now two BlackBerry Torch models in RIM's armoury: the 9810 we're reviewing here and the 9860 that we've previously reviewed. The 9810 is a slider phone packing a full QWERTY keyboard essentially the same design as the phone it replaces, the Torch 9800.
Pros: Screen space and physical keyboard, BB email is still great
Cons: Design isn't great, lots of lag, browser crashes, screen lock key is far too soft, OS isn't as refined as rivals