Review: BlackBerry Torch – best of both worlds
Until now BlackBerry users were classed just as people who were only interested in a physical keyboard under their nimble fingers.
But no the latest BlackBerry device – the Torch – contains the best of both world for users – a 3.2-inch touchscreen display as well as the traditional full qwerty keyboard.
The first thing users see is the large touchscreen which may not offer the dazzling crispness as the Apple iPhone 4 or the Samsung Galaxy S but is still impressive.
Also impressive is the responsiveness of the screen. Scrolling icons and menus were smooth and easy. The last touchscreen effort from BlackBerry before Torch were the first two Storm models and it was fairly lacklustre.
But BlackBerry has certainly cleaned up its act here – the touchscreen interface is a winner.
So too is the new BlackBerry 6 operating system which offers a vastly improved wen browsing experience and a social feed that can gather all your social networking streams in one convenient location.
But fans of the famous BlackBerry keyboard won’t be disappointed.
The keyboard is revealed once the impressive screen is slid gently upwards. It is the same trusty keyboard found on the BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry Bold and is the mobile device equivalent of a security blanket for many hardcore BlackBerry users.
On the downside having both a keyboard and a large touchscreen on the same device is that it adds a little thickness to the product. If your looking for a slim smartphone the BlackBerry Torch isn’t it. It is 1.46cm thick – the iPhone 4 is just 9.3mm.
Regular BlackBerry users, along with others looking to change their smartphone or enter the market for the first time, will also appreciate universal search to find files and contacts fast and BlackBerry messenger – the free real-time chat function between BlackBerry device users.
The device connects to 3G and Wi-Fi networks also has GPS, a dedicated app marketplace and longer battery performance.
BlackBerry Torch 9800
Price: $0 upfront on $79 plan for 24 months.
4 stars (out of 5)