Summary: The BlackBerry Torch 9850 marks RIM’s third attempt at a touchscreen-only phone with no keyboard. Though you might think of it as a Storm 3, RIM’s gone with the newer (and arguably less infamous) Torch brand for this one. The 9850 isn’t anything like the first Torch 9800, and aside from nearly identical guts on the inside it’s far different from that device’s followup, the 9810. So, just what is this new mysterious BlackBerry about, and where does it fit in the lineup?
Pros: Beautiful, bright touchscreen, Good built-in camera, Great, loud speaker
Cons: Terrible on-screen keyboad, App selection is weak, many apps are incompatible, Hardware buttons are poorly designed
Blackberry Torch 9850 Reviewed - Lighting a Fire Under RIM
29 September 2011
Excerpt: The Torch 9850 is a follow up to the original Torch, but it does discard the portrait QWERTY keyboard. Instead, it's a fully touch-screen smartphone with a nice design, hoping to bring back the smartphone market to RIM. But does the Torch light a...
Summary: The $149 BlackBerry Torch 9850 is RIM's best attempt yet at wooing consumers who want a smartphone with a large display but don't want to give up BlackBerry standout features such as secure push e-mail and world phone capability. Still, RIM has a ways to go. For $99, shoppers can take home the EVO Shift 4G , which offers both a physical and a virtual keyboard as well as 4G data and Android's ever-expanding Marketplace.
Pros: Attractive design, Bright, vivid display, Fast camera with 720p video, Long battery life, World phone
Cons: No 4G, Limited amount of compelling apps, Touch keyboard is cramped in portrait mode