- Florence Legrand , Digital Versus
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 turned out to be a great surprise and is excellent value for money. It has a gorgeous screen, decent battery life and plenty of multimedia features that are surprisingly fast.
The slender design of the Blackberry Torch 9860 makes it a great fit for anyone who wants a phone that is big enough to hold firmly in the hand but doesn’t feel bulky. The full, sharp screen is also a great feature. However, the keypad tends to be a turn-off for texting buffs. Overall, the phone is great, especially if you love media, but it does leave a few things to be desired.
The first thing you will notice is how different the device looks. RIM devices tend to have a number of defining features that make them easily identifiable. However, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 seems to be an exception to this rule. In fact, the BlackBerry logo and raised trackpad at the bottom of the screen are the only things that will remind you that this device is from RIM.
Most of the front part of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 is taken up by the 3.7-inch multitouch display that offers 16 million colors and a native resolution of 480x800 pixels. Its other features include a 5-megapixel camera with image capture and video recording capabilities, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, 4GB of internal storage, microUSB connectivity, and support for microSD/SDHC cards up to 32GB.
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 does not have a built-in hardware keyboard, which makes it quite difficult to use for messaging. If you do a lot of emailing or texting, you may want to consider a model with a full QWERTY keyboard instead. Overall, the build quality is solid, although the keys put on the sides for convenience are rather thin and can be easily missed during key presses.
This BlackBerry is great for people who want a versatile Web and multimedia device with a full display and a smooth finish. RIMfans who love the full keypad and general shape of most Blackberry devices may take a while to warm up to it, but it is fun to use. It is also great for anyone who wants to combine multiple functions with user-friendly features.
Need To Know: Blackberry Torch 9860
1. Works on a wide range of 2G and 3G networks globally. (The Good)
2. Comes with a fairly accurate voice-activated Universal Search function. (The Good)
3. You may have difficulties when using speakerphone during calls. (The Bad)
4. Speaker placement tends to get in the way of sound quality during phone calls. An easy fix involves resting the phone on a flat surface or simply using earphones. (The Bad)
The BlackBerry Torch 9860's screen is 3.7 inches with 460 x 800 pixels resolution.
There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).
The phone runs on the BlackBerry 7.0 (Update Available: 220.127.116.114) operating system (OS).
Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.
The phone is powered by a 1230 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are: 14 days standby time, 282 minutes talk time.