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.
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.
- $100 with a contract through Amazon.
- 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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