BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

I like to try different things. As an ex-iPhone and Android user, I wanted to see what all the BB craze was about, albeit, it’s not a lot.

So I got my self the “best BlackBerry ever”, the Torch. I admit, I miss hardware keyboards, having had touchscreen phones for a pretty long time.

When you open the box, you’re presented with the phone itself, packed in a pretty, black plastic crate. Removing the crate, you get earphones (with mic.), a charger adaptor, a UK plug, a European plug, a startup CD, a neat pack of manuals and a black polishing cloths with the logo on it. How nice of RIM. Too bad they didn’t provide those sexy looking leather holsters…

Moving on, prying open the battery door is like try to feed rip off your arm. Like all other Blackberrys, there’s no special latch to pry it, so forcefully sliding it will have to do.

The battery door is ribbed, with the chrome BlackBerry logo on it. The sliding mechanism is sturdy, but I did notice some movement when the slider is open. Anywho, the keyboard is the best part. A full QWERTY keyboard, RIM’s trademark. It’s sleek and easy to type on as each key is tiled. Lovely.

The Torch is the first RIM device to feature BlackBerry 6 OS. As it’s a new operating system, there are a few bugs. Firstly, the menu tray sometimes disappears, not a problem. Secondly, some icons disappear, also not a big problem, the list goes on and on with minor bugs, which will be fixed in future software updates, hopefully..

To conclude, RIM’s new flagship device doesn’t come without its bugs, but its promising, even though the specs don’t compete with modern smartphones, it still ‘fresh but familiar’. (AC)

Design: 8/10

Hardware: 9/10

Software: 7/10

Usabilty: 7/10

Performance: 8/10

Score: 7.8/10


9 thoughts on “BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

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