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Tech Review: BlackBerry Torch 9800

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Posted August 18, 2010 - By Moye Ishimoto

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review »


BlackBerry reboot is finally here with the Torch 9800 and its 3.2" touch screen, slide out keyboard, new BlackBerry 6 OS, Universal Search, 5 megapixel camera, 8G of storage and more for only $100 with a contract. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip review all the new features that BlackBerry Torch 9800 has to offer.

Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

What You Need To Know

  • The Torch is one of the thinnest and lightest phones with a full QWERTY keyboard.
  • It's only 0.57" thick and weighs about 5.5 ounces.
  • It easily slides into your pocket and features an updated sleek design.
  • The slide out keyboard is easy to use and spacious enough so you'll rarely make any errors, but there's also an onscreen keyboard as well.
  • This is the first BlackBerry to feature a normal touch screen (unlike the Storm), a keyboard and the new BlackBerry 6 OS.
  • This phone implements both smart phone features and what BlackBerry fans are accustomed to using.
  • You can navigate with the touch pad or use the 3.2" touch screen, which is quite responsive.
  • The BlackBerry 6 OS has a new streamlined interface, allowing you to easily access applications via swiping and scrolling.
  • All the standard features are included, as well as an updated browser, Social Feeds, and Universal Search, all of which work as intended.
  • The browser loads in a decent amount of time compared to the iPhone 4 or Droid X but the pinch and zoom is a little sluggish.
  • The Social Feeds app aggregates all of your social networks, but it may be too much to handle.
  • The Universal Search application works fine but this is a standard app that other smart phones already have.
  • There's also a 5 megapixel camera/video camera with auto focus and flash.
  • The quality is mediocre, but it comes with face detection and different shooting modes for indoors, outdoors and sporting activities.

Price

  • $100 with a contract through Amazon.

Rating

  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5 for general consumers. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • For new BlackBerry users, this is a must buy for the price with the new features.
  • It's still not as fast or has any many apps as an iPhone or Android phone, but if you prefer BlackBerry's design, then go for it.

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