Conclusion: This is the device that RIM should’ve put out three years ago when they embarked on the touchscreen form factor with the original Storm 9530 . As we know, the key to success in the industry is partly related to timing, and it’s remarkable to witness that RIM is finally coming around to producing a decent all touch BlackBerry. Needless to say, we’re glad to see that they decided to completely drop all the gimmicks found with both Storm iterations.
Pros: Touchscreen form factor finally done right, Brilliant & high-resolution display, Smooth web browsing experience
Cons: Platform still feels dated, Sub-par photo & video capture, Shrill sounding voices with phone calls
Conclusion: No doubt, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a lot of phone for $149 with contract. It has all the appeal of a BlackBerry minus the hardware keyboard, and we know that's a deal breaker for some of you (consider the BlackBerry Bold 9930 instead). But if you're willing to venture into virtual keyboard territory and covet the large touchscreens your iPhone and Android-toting friends enjoy, the Torch 9850 has its appeal.
Pros: Beautiful design, good materials, large touchscreen.
Cons: BlackBerry OS 7 hasn't evolved much from aging OS 6. App World selection still slim.