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Blackberry Torch 9800

Tuesday 08 March 2011

G-Rating

Rating of 4

The basics

The Blackberry Torch 9800 is a sliding smartphone, with a large touchscreen display, and a QWERTY keypad that slides out from underneath. Unlike most other sliding QWERTY handsets, the Blackberry Torch is intended entirely for portrait use, so you can always get the best out of it with a single hand.

The good

As with other Blackberry devices, the Blackberry Torch 9800 is beautifully made. The faux leather rear case gives a tactile feel, and chrome highlights add a touch of style and quality. The sliding mechanism works well, and the Torch 9800 feels great in hand. It's the keyboard that sets this phone aside from its rivals, however. The QWERY keyboard may be a bit smaller than some of the other handsets on sale, but it's easily better than most when it comes to usability. Regular Blackberry users will feel perfectly at home, with well shaped, responsive and comfortable keys on offer. The big screen is a cracker, with bright and vibrant colours on offer. It's also sharp, at 380 x 360 pixels, although the unusual aspect ratio isn't perfect for watching movies or media content. That said, it is great for web pages, with the ability to squeeze lots of text onto one page.

The bad

The Blackberry Torch 9800 is a big phone, and thicker and heavier than most of its rivals. Granted, devices like the Apple iPhone 4 don't have a beautiful keyboard for emailing, but if you're after a pocket-friendly device this probably isn't the handset for you. The operating system on this phone also lags behind the best, feeling slightly old and clunky.

The bottom line

If you're a Blackberry fan, and want a touchscreen smartphone, the Blackberry Torch 9800 won't disappoint. It's not quite as slick as some of its touchscreen rivals, but it's every bit as good in terms of build quality, and the QWERTY keyboard is a joy for longer texts or emails.
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Anonymous

Beatifull phone, and a pleasure to use most of the time, however... at times the lag and delay of the operating system does frustrate a little, but i must stress that it doesn't detract from the use of this phone and the lag is on things like load up times on the internet and on some features on the phone. But it doesn't happen enough not to want the phone. I've used the iphone 4 and this Blackberry Tourch, and there are + and - for both. Overall this is a mega phone, and looks fantastic. Compared to other Blackberry's of old this is a much improved device and this is coming from a Blackberry Curve and Storm user of the last few years, and this is a muchhhhh better phone. I too would give this 4G's :-) DarrenG16

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Anonymous

Beautifull phone, and a pleasure to use most of the time, however... at times the lag and delay of the operating system does frustrate a little, but i must stress that it doesn't detract from the use of this phone and the lag is on things like load up times on the internet and on some features on the phone. But it doesn't happen enough not to want the phone. I've used the iphone 4 and this Blackberry Torch, and there are + and - for both. Overall this is a mega phone, and looks fantastic. Compared to other Blackberry's of old this is a much improved device and this is coming from a Blackberry Curve and Storm user of the last few years, and this is a muchhhhh better phone. I too would give this 4G's :-) DarrenG16

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Deryck

Great phone had mine for a couple of months now, steep learning curve as there are several different ways to operate the phone to get the same end result you just have to find out which method of getting where you want to be works out best for you. Build quality is excellent though I would have thought on a phone of this price the camera could have been better.

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Duncan 'woody.cool' Woodward

I've had my Blackberry Torch 9800 since November now and have to say I'm rather impressed with this beauty. It's the first Blackberry I've ever owned after coming from an unreliable iPhone 3GS. This was the upgrade I've been looking for. It handles all my email and calendar appointments perfectly, also has plenty of IM options (such as Facebook chat, MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger). The built in media player is excellent and never has any problems. This smartphone just feels like a proper working tool and not like some gimmicky creation that drives you insane. I only have three negatives for the Blackberry Torch: #1 - the media player does not do 'gapless playback' ... so if you have a mix cd that flows together, there's always a momentary gap between tracks (usually only a split second, but noticable) .... get an iPhone/iPod if you want that functionality #2 - the included memory card is a bit skimpy ..... a similarly priced iPhone has double the memory (but at least the Blackberry is upgradable) #3 - the included earphone/hands-free kit are PANTS! They are really uncomfortable and the sound quality is naff ..... if you wanna listen to tunes you some better earphones.

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Anonymous

i dont have one but i really want one... i recently bought a new smartphone the lg optimus i like it very much but i still want a blackberry

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David Cooper

Having owned several Blackberrys in the pass i had always found them lacking when browsing the internet, small screens with slow response so i was excited about the prospect of upgrading to a new Blackberry Torch and so far have not been dissapointed screens a lot lot brighter, colours more vivid and overall a well built phone.However there is one drawback with the touchscreen phone on some calls i have inadvertently caught the screen with my ear and dropped the call taking this into consideration i am still very impressed with the phone and find it a joy to use.

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Anonymous

The blackberry torch looks amazing but the apps aren't to good.It is great for web surfing because of its big touch screen.The QWERTY key is great and easy to type.The battery isn't to good.

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sexgod

i want one but they are too much money

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Anonymous

A great phone got a bit more weight than the others but what else do you expect it is bigger than other blackberrys' however it lags and is limited when it come to apps also the touch screen hasnt got the best sensitivity and can struggle with the simplest tasks i would give 3 or 4 G's

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