The Torch 9810 is a good piece of mobile hardware and quite worth the price.

- Hatim Kantawalla , tech2 

Reviews summary

7.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 12 reviews

The BlackBerry Torch 2 is a handsome looking smartphone. The most noticeable change from the original Torch is the more attractive checkered, gun-metal finish that wraps the device. The touchscreen, at 640x480 pixel resolution, is naturally responsive and boasts impressive color vibrancy.

There is no change to the 5 megapixel camera from the original Torch, but the enhanced video capability is welcomed, with continuous autofocus and the ability to record in 1280 x 720p HD. The screen teams up nicely with the slide mechanism, which is both sturdy and relatively smooth. One easy push with the thumb on the phone's body reveals the standard QWERTY keyboard which is still housed within.

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Most of the key changes have been made under the cover, and that's a good thing in terms of performance. It has a generous 8 MB of internal memory, which can be further expanded by using an internal SD card. A more robust BlackBerry Protect now comes pre-installed in the new OS 7, and can be set to back up your content as frequently as required. As with the Torch, it's still got Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, proximity and ambient light sensors. It has also been speculated that the phone will soon have a new BB ID, which will allow you to locate your phone should you misplace it.

Overall, the BlackBerry Torch 2 is a more robust phone than earlier versions, and it is pretty much on a par with its counterparts. Although it was expected that this version would be slimmed down, that's not the case - but that doesn't take away from its improved performance. All in all, a good phone, that will ignite a lot of interest from BlackBerry supporters.

Need to Know: BlackBerry Torch 2

1. Enhanced Music Player, with intelligent artist search. (The Good)

2. Powered by the latest BlackBerry software and hardware. (The Good)

3. Pre-loaded compass has a number of glitches. (The Bad)

4. Ho-hum battery life. (The Bad)


Specs summary

Screen
3.2"

The BlackBerry Torch 2's screen is 3.2 inches with 640 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 7.0 (Update Available: 7.1.0.694) 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
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1270mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1270 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 13 days standby time, 390 minutes (2G), 354 minutes (3G).


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Reviews summary

7.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 12 reviews

The BlackBerry Torch 2 is a handsome looking smartphone. The most noticeable change from the original Torch is the more attractive checkered, gun-metal finish that wraps the device. The touchscreen, at 640x480 pixel resolution, is naturally responsive and boasts impressive color vibrancy.

There is no change to the 5 megapixel camera from the original Torch, but the enhanced video capability is welcomed, with continuous autofocus and the ability to record in 1280 x 720p HD. The screen teams up nicely with the slide mechanism, which is both sturdy and relatively smooth. One easy push with the thumb on the phone's body reveals the standard QWERTY keyboard which is still housed within.

Show more

Most of the key changes have been made under the cover, and that's a good thing in terms of performance. It has a generous 8 MB of internal memory, which can be further expanded by using an internal SD card. A more robust BlackBerry Protect now comes pre-installed in the new OS 7, and can be set to back up your content as frequently as required. As with the Torch, it's still got Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, proximity and ambient light sensors. It has also been speculated that the phone will soon have a new BB ID, which will allow you to locate your phone should you misplace it.

Overall, the BlackBerry Torch 2 is a more robust phone than earlier versions, and it is pretty much on a par with its counterparts. Although it was expected that this version would be slimmed down, that's not the case - but that doesn't take away from its improved performance. All in all, a good phone, that will ignite a lot of interest from BlackBerry supporters.

Need to Know: BlackBerry Torch 2

1. Enhanced Music Player, with intelligent artist search. (The Good)

2. Powered by the latest BlackBerry software and hardware. (The Good)

3. Pre-loaded compass has a number of glitches. (The Bad)

4. Ho-hum battery life. (The Bad)

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Fast, reliable and it offers what anyone expects from a Blackberry device

from BlackBerryRocks ( )

The BlackBerry Torch 9810, which is the successor to the Torch 9800, comes with an improved screen, faster processor and the very latest version of the BlackBerry OS. This is not a huge step up from the original BlackBerry Torch, but HD video capture, the updates in BlackBerry OS and the sharper... More

The BlackBerry Torch 9810, which is the successor to the Torch 9800, comes with an improved screen, faster processor and the very latest version of the BlackBerry OS. This is not a huge step up from the original BlackBerry Torch, but HD video capture, the updates in BlackBerry OS and the sharper display are welcome upgrades and is simply a fantastic phone, by far one of the best RIM has launched. If you want to buy a Blackberry but don’t want to spend too much, this is the right model for you. It offers what anyone expects from a Blackberry.

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9/10

A decent yet pricey upgrade for BlackBerry fans

from TechTree ( )

The 9860 delivers a refreshing UI with the BlackBerry 7 OS. Its 1.2 GHz CPU is more than enough to pull off a good multimedia performance. On the other hand, the lack of scratch-resistant glass, useless GPS, and BIS dependency is annoying. However, the biggest downer is its Rs 30,000+ price tag.... More

The 9860 delivers a refreshing UI with the BlackBerry 7 OS. Its 1.2 GHz CPU is more than enough to pull off a good multimedia performance. On the other hand, the lack of scratch-resistant glass, useless GPS, and BIS dependency is annoying. However, the biggest downer is its Rs 30,000+ price tag. All things considered, the phone is decent upgrade for BlackBerry fans that aren't adventurous enough to embrace other platforms.

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6/10

Design isn't great, lots of lag, browser crashes, screen lock key is far too soft, OS isn't as refined as rivals

from Pocket-lint ( )

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 feels like an incremental step for RIM. The previous handset had obvious problems, some of which are addressed here, but we also feel that the 9810 is the phone the 9800 should have been. That sets this handset behind the times a little and that's certainly not helped by... More

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 feels like an incremental step for RIM. The previous handset had obvious problems, some of which are addressed here, but we also feel that the 9810 is the phone the 9800 should have been. That sets this handset behind the times a little and that's certainly not helped by a user interface that lacks the consumer ease that you'll find in iOS, Android or Windows Phone 7.

That may all be set to change with the advent of BB 10, which should make an appearance at Mobile World Congress 2012. As such, we can't strongly recommend the BlackBerry Torch 9810 if you're interested in upgrading now.

If you're happy with the BlackBerry experience and value both screen space and a physical keyboard, then this style of device might be for you, but we'd suggest you bide your time and see what's coming next, before committing.

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5/10

Faster processor, higher resolution display, enhanced mobile OS

from Techsmart ( )

While the Torch 9810 is virtually indistinguishable from the outgoing model, its under the hood improvements, such as the improved display resolution, more internal storage space and a speedier CPU, makes for a much shinier Torch that can blind touch-and-type rivals like the Nokia E6.

While the Torch 9810 is virtually indistinguishable from the outgoing model, its under the hood improvements, such as the improved display resolution, more internal storage space and a speedier CPU, makes for a much shinier Torch that can blind touch-and-type rivals like the Nokia E6.

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A great phone for the fundamentals and email

from Recombu ( )

It feels like we’re going over old ground, but the BlackBerry Torch 9810 remains a great phone for the fundamentals and email. If that’s what you’re looking for, in a solid, sturdy design, the Torch 9810 is a great choice. Between this and the Bold 9900, it may not be as stylish, but many will li... More

It feels like we’re going over old ground, but the BlackBerry Torch 9810 remains a great phone for the fundamentals and email. If that’s what you’re looking for, in a solid, sturdy design, the Torch 9810 is a great choice. Between this and the Bold 9900, it may not be as stylish, but many will like the better auto-focus camera, and choice of entry methods, offering a larger touchscreen, touchpad and keyboard entry. With the likes of the HTC ChaCha chasing BlackBerry’s form factor with all the bells and whistles of Android, they need something to keep the BB faithful; there’s plenty of improvements since the Torch 9800, but RIM really need to make sure that the next generation of their phones, running QNX, are truly able to stand alongside top-end Android phones and the next iPhone.

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7/10

It performs more like a modern smartphone

from Mobile Syrup ( )

Should you buy a Torch 9810, or a 9900 or a 9860? Absolutely. If you are even remotely a fan of the BlackBerry platform but have been turned off by its comparatively lacklustre offerings over the past couple years, the BlackBerry 7 generation brings it back into contention.

You just ha... More

Should you buy a Torch 9810, or a 9900 or a 9860? Absolutely. If you are even remotely a fan of the BlackBerry platform but have been turned off by its comparatively lacklustre offerings over the past couple years, the BlackBerry 7 generation brings it back into contention.

You just have to be willing to put up with the latent quirks that come with owning a BlackBerry smartphone, and a lack of apps, along with minor performance inconsistencies, are among them.

If you’ve gone to an iPhone or Android device and miss the core tenets of BlackBerry OS, I’m happy to say that it performs more like a modern smartphone: browsing, scrolling, media, they’re all improved dramatically. Just don’t go in expecting the stars – be ok with the moon instead.

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7.5/10

QWERTY keypad is smooth, superb browsing, lack of 1080p video playback

from tech2 ( )

The Torch 9810 is clearly a sign that BlackBerry is making rapid progress up the specifications tree. With processing speed and OS agility taken care of, they need to move swiftly to address their only remaining problem: Apps. However that too is a work in progress. With a price tag of Rs. 29,990... More

The Torch 9810 is clearly a sign that BlackBerry is making rapid progress up the specifications tree. With processing speed and OS agility taken care of, they need to move swiftly to address their only remaining problem: Apps. However that too is a work in progress. With a price tag of Rs. 29,990, the Torch is all set to compete with the top level smartphones out there and can hold it’s own quite well. What’s rather ironic, is that its biggest competition, at least in niche consumer market it caters to will be RIM’s own Bold 9900 which is oddly more expensive. To sum things up, the Torch 9810 is a good piece of mobile hardware and quite worth the price.

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7.5/10

It's the most modern BlackBerry around, but it still lags behind the other major smartphone platforms on the market today

from MobileBurn ( )

Also new is the BlackBerry OS 7 smartphone operating system with its new "Liquid Graphics" engine, which gives the entire OS a more fluid, polished look. Apart from the improved aesthetics, though, the OS feels very much like last year's version 6. It's a nice upgrade, but not one that has a real... More

Also new is the BlackBerry OS 7 smartphone operating system with its new "Liquid Graphics" engine, which gives the entire OS a more fluid, polished look. Apart from the improved aesthetics, though, the OS feels very much like last year's version 6. It's a nice upgrade, but not one that has a real major impact on how the phone works.

In any case, the 9810 is a nicer phone than the original in many regards, and should make many BlackBerry fans out there quite happy.

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7.6/10

It's one of the most powerful handsets Research in Motion has ever sold

from Engadget ( )

The Torch 9810 almost sparks our interest as a relevant device... almost. RIM's definitely aiming for the sky by making a leap in the internal components of its phones, turning it (and the Bold Touch 9930) into the most powerful handsets Research in Motion has ever sold. With the upcoming QNX pla... More

The Torch 9810 almost sparks our interest as a relevant device... almost. RIM's definitely aiming for the sky by making a leap in the internal components of its phones, turning it (and the Bold Touch 9930) into the most powerful handsets Research in Motion has ever sold. With the upcoming QNX platform, however, it may be too little too late. Sure, the device is solid and smooth and has great internal specs, but is it one that we'd feel comfortable using on a regular basis? Especially when we have an inkling as to what's around the corner for the BlackBerry lineup?

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7/10

Despite being new today, already looks dated

from SlashGear ( )

While RIM has been playing catch-up, the rest of the smartphone landscape has changed dramatically. qHD and similarly high-res screens are now common, dual-core processors are no longer solely the preserve of top-tier Android phones but filtering down into more affordable models, and against that... More

While RIM has been playing catch-up, the rest of the smartphone landscape has changed dramatically. qHD and similarly high-res screens are now common, dual-core processors are no longer solely the preserve of top-tier Android phones but filtering down into more affordable models, and against that the Torch 9810 – despite being new today – already looks dated. When the fifth-gen iPhone arrives later in the year, it’s tough to see how the BlackBerry will stand a chance. RIM’s tweaks will appeal to die-hard 9800 owners, but the Torch 9810 is not the device to break the company out of its existing user-base.

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