BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

Posted: August 17, 2010
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.

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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Comments are Closed

  • Dark-Pyrus

    I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT HAS SO MUCH RHYTHM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: April 4, 2012 12:38 AM
  • LTman86

    I sense Alison was a little jealous that the Blackberry Torch is a little "top heavy"...

    Posted: August 19, 2010 7:37 AM
  • nalydmhab

    Ultra I am just wondering if it is your first time to watch a video on G4. The audience noise is almost always obviously overdone as a joke, but it is obvious that you don't get it.

    Posted: August 18, 2010 6:32 PM
  • UltraViolence74

    i friggin HATE HATE HATE the fake audience reaction on this show. I don't watch it because i get awkward chills listening to someone fake laugh.

    Listen at 1:03 - that blatant, phony reaction to the thin phone.

    You're not fooling anyone. Just stop, be natural and you won't need the sound guy fake reactions.

    Posted: August 18, 2010 3:30 PM
  • BBHSbenito

    @atavax no you are completely wrong using your logic the phones themselves would be the consoles. They reviewed the phone on it's features, UI, and general ease of use. I agree with their conclusion that it's not bad but if you don't "have" to have a blackberry a better experience may be with another phone

    Posted: August 18, 2010 3:09 PM
  • Atavax

    kinda ridiculous; its like rating every good xbox game a 3 out of 5 because the xbox doesn't have all the features the ps3 does. there are legitimate reasons people prefer blackberries and just because you personally don't prefer the blackberry, doesn't mean you should be rating the best blackberry ever a 3 out of 5.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 10:33 PM
  • applebook

    BlackBerry FAIL. If this is the close to the best that RIM can muster, then many current BB users are switching to the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S, Droid X, Droid 2, Droid Incredible, Desire, and Evo 4G, which are all superior in most regards to the Torch.

    Posted: August 17, 2010 10:29 PM