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.
RIM takes another shot at an all touchscreen BlackBerry — is the third time the charm?
19 August 2011
Summary: This latest Torch is certainly an interesting device, but I honestly can’t recommend it over any of the other BlackBerrys on the market. The virtual keyboard alone is one of the most frustrating I’ve ever used, and with alternatives like the Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 available, I can’t imagine why anyone would want this device instead.
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