BlackBerry Torch review

A slider, a touchscreen, a new approach. But can the Torch keep RIMs fire burning?

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BlackBerry Torch review: Organiser and connectivity

The PIM functions of the Torch do the job, but they're not particularly awe-inspiring. The Calendar app has been given a welcome makeover and now has a bit of colour to it. Unfortunately, Tasks, Memopad and so on look very similar to how they always have done.

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It's not a bad thing – they do what they're supposed to do. It just feels like this is where RIM's creativity has run out.

One useful new function is the universal search and this really does makes life a lot easier.

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It works in the same way as typing people's names to bring up their contact, which you've been able to do for years on a BlackBerry. But now you can start typing anything and it will search the phone and the net for your term. So, yes, it will include contacts, but also encompasses YouTube clips, calendar entries, Google Local, Google Web and other apps, depending on what you have got loaded on there.

This really does save time, becomes second nature and helps you delve into the organiser so much quicker than before.


Wi-Fi, 3G /EDGE and Bluetooth are all here, as well as GPS, which has pretty much become standard since the Nokia N95 set the benchmark.

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Up until a couple of years ago, you'd never find a BlackBerry with Wi-Fi and GPS, only one or the other. Now, you get the whole package. The Torch is only missing FM and NFC radios, the latter of which is slowly being rolled out on up-and-coming mobiles by other manufacturers. However, it's still in its early days and, therefore, not the most useful addition yet.

Connecting the Torch to the computer, meanwhile, is a cinch. It's always been straightforward on Windows. The problem was with Macs.

We used to dread trying to set up a new BlackBerry on an Apple device because of the lack of working software. Many a time, we ended up inputting names and numbers one by one into a new device because the only other option was to pay for third party software.

But Blackberry has finally come good with its new Blackberry for Desktop app. It connects, it syncs, it looks pretty and is, in fact, a pleasure to use. No messing around with drivers – you simply plug it in and off you go. This is how it should be.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service Provider3
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.86 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyTorch
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product Model9800
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)161.1 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 6.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height111 mm
Width62 mm
Depth14.6 mm
Battery Standby Time408 Hour
Product NameTorch 9800 Smartphone
Processor Speed624 MHz
Product LineTorch
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberTHRTORCH9800BLK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Maximized Multimedia


With 8 GB of memory, expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card, feel free to immerse yourself in all that inspires you.

Pinch and zoom

Use your fingers to pinch a screen for a zoomed out effect and expand two fingers to zoom in.

Enhanced music player

Thanks to BlackBerry 6 and a large screen, you can experience a full-featured music player that allows you to see full album art and track listings in portrait or landscape.