Conclusion: The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is an impressive offering from RIM that all but dispels the memories of the dissatisfying Storm and Storm 2 touchscreen phones. The Torch 9860 is easy to use, features a good camera and the Liquid Graphics interface looks stunning on the 3.7-inch screen. We were disappointed with the layout of the virtual Qwerty which, in contrast to the beautifully designed UI, was clunky, old-fashioned and not that easy to get to grips with.
Excerpt: The new BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 ($TBA) won’t cause Android and iPhone users to defect in droves. The new handset is a welcomed improvement, though, for RIM loyalists in search of an upgrade from the aging Storm I and II. Its 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 traditional touch screen is the biggest ever on a BlackBerry, making the handset the most media-friendly option from RIM to date — especially when paired with the new OS7 which is only compatible with the company’s latest batch...
Excerpt: The BlackBerry Torch is has finally gone all touchscreen. It started out as an iconic qwerty slider phone and slowly evolved into a touchscreen smartphone. Check out our full review of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 after the jump.
Excerpt: The Video - Torch 9860 First Walkthrough Everything you need to know about the BlackBerry Torch 9860 in 10 minutes! Well, maybe not quite everything, but you'll get a good look at the hardware and software in this video tour by CrackBerry Kevin.
Pros: Processor is snappy, Feels good in the hand, The large screen makes for awesome web browsing, The camera is sweet and HD video just adds to the fun, Love Voice-activated Universal Search, We love the amazing screen on the Torch 9860. The size and feel of the device is just right. Having more screen space means better media and web viewing.
Cons: Raised front buttons seem "cheap", Convenience keys aren't what they should be, No physical keyboard could hold back some users
Excerpt: The thin, light-weight design of this Torch, with its curvaceous lines; beautiful screen resolution; and excellent web browser make this into an excellent media-consumption device. BBM, email, and a redesigned virtual keyboard make it worthy of the name BlackBerry.
Pros: The Torch 9850/9860 is a beautifully sculpted device, exactingly designed to fit comfortably in the hand. The understated elegance of the phone really makes for an impressive device. The high-resolution touchscreen creates a really enjoyable media and web experience.
Cons: This BlackBerry Smartphone isn't for everyone. Those who rely on their physical keyboards to type hundreds of words at a time will find the virtual keyboard inadequate. Some users will find the raised buttons at the bottom to be unbecoming of a BlackBerry.
Excerpt: The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is a touch-screen handset from RIM following in the footsteps of the previously released Storm 2 and original Torch handsets. The 9860 has been upgraded immensely and aims to offer dedicated BlackBerry users a new and efficient...
Conclusion: I think the 9860 is perfect for those of you that use a lot of media such as watching videos and browsing photos as well as using the web. I am a big BlackBerry fan but I have to be honest and say that if the answer to the above is ‘yes’ then would you be better suited with an Android device or an iPhone? As far as I can see the only real advantage to using the Torch 9860 over other platforms is BBM.