BlackBerry Torch 9860 review

Does RIM's first proper all-touch smartphone shine?

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Battery life has always been a strong point for BlackBerry phones, but they don't usually feature a screen this big with a resolution this high.

Battery life and connectivity

In the end, the battery life of the Torch 9860 is pretty average for a phone of its kind. This may disappoint purists but it isn't bad going, all told. The 1230mAh battery should easily last you a day, or even two or three if you watch your consumption.

The quoted talk time of 4.7 hours seems about right to us, and six hours of video playback also seems to be in the ballpark.

Use the phone for all of your social networking all day over 3G and you'll swiftly chew through the battery – it's inevitable.

Still, as we said, it has a pretty average battery life, so we're not counting this against the Torch 9860.


BlackBerry torch 9860 review

Wirelessly, the BlackBerry Torch 9860 has generally got it going on.

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G up to 14.4Mbps, Bluetooth and NFC support.

There's a GPS chip and digital compass, although as we mention in the Maps and Apps section, we had problems with the GPS.

Connecting to a computer is done using the micro USB port and BlackBerry Desktop Software. You can use this to load media onto the phone, or to transfer contacts, notes, tasks and calendar appointments.

BlackBerry torch 9860 review

The microSD card slot is another way to load media. We had to reformat ours for the Torch, even though other phones had no problem recognising it. This adds a BlackBerry-specific folder structure, but appears to just be standard FAT32, so you shouldn't have any problems mounting the card on your PC later.

Both the memory card and phone memory can appear on your computer as mass storage, for file dragging and dropping to and from them.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.12 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyTorch
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time4.70 Hour
Product Model9860
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height120 mm
Width62 mm
Depth11.5 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time333.60 Hour
Product NameTorch 9860 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Product LineTorch
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-33124-020
Manufacturer Website Address
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Multimedia marvel

Powered by the new BlackBerry 7 OS and Liquid Graphics, your photos, videos, games and apps come to life in incredible detail on the large screen.

Picture perfect

Capture life's little surprises with 720p HD video so you can relive them over and over again. Or pull off amazing photos with face detection, 4X zoom and image stabilization.

All-touch, refined

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