BlackBerry Torch 9850
Just another RIM smartphone ?
While BlackBerry’s newest smartphone, the Torch 9850, attracts customers with its very good battery life and bright touch screen, the fact that it has no 4G and not that many applications might make you look for something else. Despite that, we decided to test the product. Here come our thoughts on it.
Large 3.7″ display
The RIM BlackBerry Torch 9850 is, in terms of design, very similar to the Torch 9850 for Sprint: it comes in black, features sharp angles, has a glossy front framed in shiny silver and a soft-touch finish on the back. Holding it in our hand felt very comfortable, especially thanks to its 4.7″ x 2.4″ x 0.45″ and 136g; it also felt good when we held it close to the ear when we talked with friends and family.
The display, a 3.7″ one, is the largest BlackBerry display ever. It is preinstalled with WVGA 800 x 480 pixels resolution and 16 million colors; during our test for our review, the screen was very bright, clear and sharp and, when looking at it in direct sunlight, we could still see its icons and so on.
The top of the smartphone comes with the lock key and above the display sits the LED indicator light. Under the display sit the buttons for Menu, Power/End, dialer and Back; the center key acts as an optical trackpad. The latter was very useful, because it made sure the screen didn’t get dirty with fingerprints.
While on the right of the BlackBerry 9850 are placed the volume and camera shutter keys and a 3.5mm headphone jack, the left side boasts a microUSB charging port. A 5-megapixel camera and its flash are installed on the rear.
OS 7 Operating System
As for operating system, this smartphone runs on the new OS 7; this feature comes with things like voice-activated universal search, Liquid Graphics screen and so on. There’s only one keyboard on this device: a virtual one with buttons that were a bit small, but responsive nonetheless. We liked it when the keyboard made correct suggestions and replaced wrong words with better ones; whenever we had to text and write e-mails, we felt very comfortable and spell-checking gave a great performance.
When referring to features, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 has all the basic ones installed by its manufacturers; here are some of them: GPS, Wi-Fi, e-mail, text and multimedia messaging, the possibility to post to Facebook and other social platforms and video recorder.
Good battery life
The team behind BlackBerry has improved the browser on their latest Torch 9850. This one is now faster; when we tested this smartphone for this review, it managed to load pages in around 6 to 7 seconds.
With the help of the built-in camera we successfully took good photos; they had plenty of nice colors, sharpness and clarity. When we shot videos, we were impressed by the quality.
Regarding the music player: it worked well and the audio quality was very good.
Call quality was just great, at least on our end; our friends, on the other hand, had some problems when talking to us, namely distortions now and then. The battery offered around 6 and half hours of talk time.
As final words after our review, we’ll just say that the new BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a good buy if you don’t mind the lack of 4G support, dual-core processor and front-facing camera.
|* Fast 3G connectivity; international GSM capabilities; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking|
|* 5-MP camera with HD 720p video capture; Bluetooth stereo music; 4 GB memory (plus 4 GB microSD card); HTML5 web browser|
|* Professional mobile messaging with BlackBerry 7 OS, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1.2 GHz processor, and Liquid Graphics technology|
|* What’s in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, MicroUSB cable, 4 GB microSD card, quick start guide|
|* Weight: 3.84 ounces|
|* Size (LWH): 4.3 inches, 2.4 inches, 0.5 inches|
|* Up to 6.8 hours of talk time, up to 320 hours (13.4 days) of standby time.|
|* Network Compatibility: CDMA|