- Hatim Kantawalla , tech2
The Torch 9810 is a good piece of mobile hardware and quite worth the price.
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.
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)
Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)
Fast, reliable and it offers what anyone expects from a Blackberry device
A decent yet pricey upgrade for BlackBerry fans
Design isn't great, lots of lag, browser crashes, screen lock key is far too soft, OS isn't as refined as rivals
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... Full review
Faster processor, higher resolution display, enhanced mobile OS
A great phone for the fundamentals and email
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 plent... Full review
It performs more like a modern smartphone
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... Full review
QWERTY keypad is smooth, superb browsing, lack of 1080p video playback
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 thing... Full review
It's the most modern BlackBerry around, but it still lags behind the other major smartphone platforms on the market today
It's one of the most powerful handsets Research in Motion has ever sold
Despite being new today, already looks dated
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... Full review
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