BlackBerry Torch 9800

Available at: Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Virgin Mobile

7/10 AVG.
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With a brand new touchscreen operating system, formidable features and a full slide-out keyboard, the BlackBerry Torch is a pocket powerhouse. - What Mobile, What Mobile  
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 19 reviews

I have an emotional response whenever I write an overview of a new BlackBerry. Part of the reason is because I have been a loyal BlackBerry user for several years, and partly because I have watched as RIM has gone from "Trailblazing" status to playing catch-up to a new market with new benchmarks.

The BlackBerry Torch illustrates my point about playing catch-up because the Torch offers some fantastic features which, unlike the trailblazing days of "Push Email", are more akin to just getting even with what Apple and Android have been offering for some time.

There are four key features offered on the Torch that are excellent, and none of them are new to the market... just to BlackBerry. Here's a brief breakdown of those features:

1. Two-finger Tap: Allows you to select multiple things simultaneously, similar to holding down the "command" key on your home PC.

2. Comprehensive Universal Search: The Torch is able to expand searches to include contacts, apps, bookmarks, emails, etc, based on whatever search string you type.

3. Wireless Sync: This feature allows you to browse your home computer's music on your phone and download it, as long as you are on your home wireless network.

4. Photo Folders: Using geolocation, the Torch is able to sort your photos based on where you took them.

In keeping with the theme of "keeping up", the Torch now offers cover flow, which Apple has had for some time. The Torch has auto-wrapping (which reformats text to fit whatever level you zoom to), which Android already offers, and they offer fully integrated social media, which Microsoft has already done.

Add to all of this RIM's third attempt at a touch screen, this time on a vertical slider which you will either love or hate, and you end up with a fine effort from RIM to, well, bring to market a device that is decidedly "caught up".

Specs summary

Screen
3.2"

The BlackBerry Torch 9800's screen is 3.2 inches with 360 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
624MHz

There is a 624 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 6.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1300mAh

The phone is powered by a 1300 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are: 18 days standby time, 330 minutes talk time.

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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 19 reviews

I have an emotional response whenever I write an overview of a new BlackBerry. Part of the reason is because I have been a loyal BlackBerry user for several years, and partly because I have watched as RIM has gone from "Trailblazing" status to playing catch-up to a new market with new benchmarks.

The BlackBerry Torch illustrates my point about playing catch-up because the Torch offers some fantastic features which, unlike the trailblazing days of "Push Email", are more akin to just getting even with what Apple and Android have been offering for some time.

There are four key features offered on the Torch that are excellent, and none of them are new to the market... just to BlackBerry. Here's a brief breakdown of those features:

1. Two-finger Tap: Allows you to select multiple things simultaneously, similar to holding down the "command" key on your home PC.

2. Comprehensive Universal Search: The Torch is able to expand searches to include contacts, apps, bookmarks, emails, etc, based on whatever search string you type.

3. Wireless Sync: This feature allows you to browse your home computer's music on your phone and download it, as long as you are on your home wireless network.

4. Photo Folders: Using geolocation, the Torch is able to sort your photos based on where you took them.

In keeping with the theme of "keeping up", the Torch now offers cover flow, which Apple has had for some time. The Torch has auto-wrapping (which reformats text to fit whatever level you zoom to), which Android already offers, and they offer fully integrated social media, which Microsoft has already done.

Add to all of this RIM's third attempt at a touch screen, this time on a vertical slider which you will either love or hate, and you end up with a fine effort from RIM to, well, bring to market a device that is decidedly "caught up".

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is ideal if social networking and fast internet are important to you

from Top Ten Reviews (over 2 years ago)

We wish the battery life were stronger on this multimedia cell phone, but with the features provided, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 turns business into entertainment. Even though this device doesn’t feature the strongest multimedia features, this is a good effort to turn a business-oriented device into... More

  5/10

Innovative touchscreen, excellent messaging options, sturdy, heavy and reassuringly robust

from What Mobile (over 3 years ago)

With an innovative touchscreen interface and a raft of powerful features, the BlackBerry Torch can justifiably position itself at the top of the smartphone tree. The full slide-out keyboard adds a bit of weight and bulk, but the bonus of extra usability means it’s well worth it. The new BlackBerry... More

  10/10

Beyond the software, the Torch 9800 itself isn't a home run

from Phone Scoop (over 4 years ago)

The BlackBerry 9800 Torch with BlackBerry OS 6 and the new WebKit browser on board together make for the best BlackBerry yet. BlackBerry OS 6, in particular, pushes the Blackberry platform back into the fray with Apple and Google. But I'm not sure BlackBerry OS 6 has much of a fighting chance. ... More

There's still a number of areas that put the Torch 9800 behind some of the competition running other, more modern operating systems

from MobileBurn (over 4 years ago)

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 offers a few firsts for RIM and AT&T. The Torch is RIM's first attempt at a BlackBerry that sports both a full QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen. It's also the first commercially available BlackBerry that runs the new Blackberry 6 operating system, which offers a host... More

  7/10

The Torch 9800 is a worthy device to continue RIM's legacy as it easily maintains all the aspects about BlackBerry with a dash of some new features

from PhoneArena (over 4 years ago)

First things first, traditional BlackBerry users will find the Torch 9800 as a worthy device to continue RIM's legacy as it easily maintains all the aspects about BlackBerry with a dash of some new features. RIM's attempt in attracting new users might prove difficult despite boasting a prized form... More

  8/10

While the BlackBerry Torch isn’t a complete screw-up, it’s far from the Apple-killing, Android-slaying device RIM thought it would be

from BGR (over 4 years ago)

In a world where things are supposed to get simpler and easier to use, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 unfortunately complicates things. Is it the “best BlackBerry yet”? It’s certainly possible. Though it’s most definitely not the easiest to use, and even RIM’s best product at... More

A smart fusion of utilitarian form and BlackBerry function

from Wired (over 4 years ago)

Rubberized battery door and volume rockers ensure a solid grip. Great clarity and call quality. Features du jour are in attendance: GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Sports an impressive set of EQ options for music playback. The definitive upgrade for hardcore BlackBerry users. Not quite on the same level... More

  7/10

To call the Torch the "best BlackBerry ever" wouldn't be an understatement

from Engadget (over 4 years ago)

It's tough to feel really excited about the BlackBerry Torch and OS 6 after heavy testing. We had high hopes coming into this review that the new operating system would be more than a fresh coat of paint on an aging user experience -- that we were going to see substantial changes in the attitude... More

  6/10

The most exceedingly common observation about the Torch is that it's very much still a BlackBerry

from Gizmodo (over 4 years ago)

People who love BlackBerry exactly the way it is will like the Torch and BlackBerry 6, because it's pretty much the same. It offers a lot of marginal improvements in a lot of places—like the browser—even if it makes a mess of some things. That said, in a few months, they might like it a lot... More

Junk

(over 3 years ago)

I have only had this phone for six months and it has already been in for repair three times. DON"T waste your time!!!

  1/10

Awesome

(over 3 years ago)

the blackberry torch is so awesome its the best phone i have ever had i wouldn't trade it for anything. Pros slick design good grip nice touchscreen Cons touch lock is sensitive making it sometimes to easy to lock the typing input can be a bit slow at times sometimes opens the wrong app the main... More

  9/10

Don't Believe the Bad Reviews

(over 3 years ago)

I originally purchased the Nexus S due to the excellent reviews, spend 10 days trying to keep it connected to Wifi or 3g, and was blown away in a webpage loading test with my friends BB Curve. I replaced it with the BB Torch and haven't looked back. Maybe it doesn't have all the bells and whistles... More

  9/10

I hate this device.

(over 3 years ago)

I'm an experienced computer user. However, this darn Blackberry Torch did not come with any type of manual except with some very fine print that I couldn't read with a magnifer. One would think that the software that came with it would at least have the manual. As a man with full sized fingers,... More

  1/10

A true smartphone

(over 3 years ago)

After experiencing HTC Diamond Windows based, and Android Motorola Droid and Desire Z, I have to say I should have switched to Blackberry Torch 9800 earlier. Well constructed, solid platform coupled with excellent call clarity makes it the best smartphone I have ever dealt with. My only complaint is... More

  9/10

Pass on this phone

(over 3 years ago)

As a former iPhone and Blackberry user, I can say that this phone is not worth the effort. The touch screen is finicky, sometime 3 touches to get the right letter, many apps are not compatible with OS6, there are very few ring tones, some apps and games force you to use the touchscreen because the track... More

  1/10

Really, Really Happy So Far

(over 3 years ago)

I wanted to wait until I had been using the BB Torch 9800 for a couple weeks before I came on and gave my honest review of it. I've had it for 2 weeks now so here is the review. This is the first BB that I have owned and I have used friends' Bolds and Curves in the past so I did have some... More

  9/10

This phone is the best thing since bread!

(over 4 years ago)

I had a lot of different phones but went from the pearl flip 8230 to the curve 2 the 8530 and had use the iphone for about 2 weeks to see how i liked it now i am the owner of the torch and i LOVE it

  10/10

I love this phone

(over 4 years ago)

this phone is nothing conpared to the curve 2 . the 8530 this torch is a amazing phone its the new blackberry iphone im in love

  10/10

User UN-Friendly

from Phonedog (over 4 years ago)

Pro: Small, light and compact Con: Too many to list! Very small QWERTY keyboard; control of tracking very difficult even when you lower sensitivity; Using experience: 14 days I had this phone for two weeks, and it was extremely difficult to use. Blackberry attempted to compete with the iphone but... More

  5/10

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