Blackberry Torch 9800 Review

Blackberry Torch 9800

The Blackberry Torch 9800 is an offering from RIM that does not go unnoticed. Facing stiff competition from iPhone and Android, Blackberry has refashioned itself with graphic menus and interesting Blackberry Torch 9800 accessories to attract users.

Blackberry Torch 9800 Unlocked

While not being able to match up to the clarity of iPhone 4, the 3.2″ HVGA (480×360 pixel color display) Blackberry Torch 9800 makes a statement with its light-sensing and proximity-detecting screen that provides easy viewing either indoors or outdoors. With a capacitive touch screen and a sliding out qwerty keyboard, the Torch 9800 is a remarkable change from earlier models.

Blackberry Torch Specifications

With a 624 MHz processor (that is unsatisfactory), 512 MB onboard memory and a 4GB microSD card, the Blackberry Torch 9800 supports wireless technology (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) and weighs 5.68 ounces. It can also be fitted with a microSD card for additional storage upto 32 GB.

Blackberry Torch 9800 Features

What makes the Blackberry Torch 9800 so new is the introduction of the new operating system, Blackberry OS 6. The process of navigation has become much easier, allowing access to the required area just by sliding over the menu with a finger. With tabbed browsing, multiple websites can be handled easily. Email has become much more touch friendly and messaging and IM work well on the Torch 9800, but is still not at par with performances on the iPhone and Android. Multiple home screens help one switch between different application categories such as Favourites, Media, Downloads and so on. Blackberry’s App World has standard features though it lags far behind Apple’s App Store. The Media Player is quite impressive, songs can be easily loaded and played and the sound quality is decent. Call quality meets expectations and with a capacitive screen dialing has become quicker.

Blackberry Torch 9800 Camera

A 5MP camera is located at the back of the phone with a flashlight. Auto focus and image stabilization features are present and there is a dedicated shutter button.

Blackberry Torch 9800 Keyboard

The Blackberry Torch 9800 has a keyboard that slides out from under the screen, providing the phone with a dual look. The keys are recessed and look similar to the Bold 9700 keyboard.

Blackberry Torch 9800 Battery

A 1300 mAHr batter powers this phone which offers 5.8 hours of talktime with a standby time of upto 18 days on GSM. Alternately, 30 hours of music and 6 hours of video playback is offered on the Blackberry Torch 9800.

On the flipside, the Blackberry Torch 9800 does not come with a phone case. Also, even though there is a lock button on the phone it has been separated from the Password Lock functionality and unless the phone is locked with a password, it is susceptible to misdialing or inadvertently entering various applications. The Torch 9800 is a decent device but does fall back, because of a few flaws and performance issues behind the iPhone.

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