BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review
|| Review: October 2010
In a nutshell: The Torch is a
groundbreaking phone for BlackBerry, with the new BlackBerry
6 operating system and a slide-out keyboard design. The new
OS is a definite improvement over the previous version, but
won't alienate existing users. The slide-out keyboard and capacitive
touchscreen work very well. The Torch comes with integrated
social messaging, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, a media player,
excellent connectivity, outstanding battery life and plenty
of memory. Its negatives are its chunkiness, and its sluggish
processor. Available in Black, White or Red.
The BlackBerry Torch is a totally new design concept for a BlackBerry
- a touchscreen phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard - and is being
pushed as a flagship phone with initial prices even higher than the
Bold 9700. At launch, this is
the most expensive BlackBerry on the market - almost in iPhone territory.
So it had better be mind-blowingly good. Is it? We'll check out each
aspect of the phone in turn, starting with hardware and moving on to
the new operating system and user interface.
Despite the new shape, the Torch is very recognisably a BlackBerry,
and in some ways looks ever so slightly dated compared with other recent
additions to the BlackBerry family. Nevertheless, the new form factor
gives it a design edge, and it retains the solid build quality that
we've come to expect from the company. The solid feel is reflected in
the weight of the device, because at 161g it really is a heavy phone,
even compared with the Bold 9700. And it's larger than the Bold too,
even before you open the slider. Slide open the keyboard and it dwarfs
the iPhone 4, even though the Torch's
screen is smaller. All this is sending a strong message - that the Torch
is designed to appeal to people who really like QWERTY keyboards. Fortunately,
at Mobile Phones UK we do, and so do most BlackBerry users.
With a phone costing this much, you'd expect every box to be ticked
when it comes to media and the Torch does just that. The media player
is well featured and syncs with iTunes or Windows Media Player. The
camera is a 5 megapixel device with an LED flash and can record video
at VGA resolution. This is really the minimum required at this price
point, with HD video becoming standard in high-end phones, but BlackBerry
phones have always followed rather than led when it comes to media.
The camera is very easy to use however. AGPS is present, together with
The memory is large, with 512MB RAM plus 4 GB fixed eMMC and a 4 GB
media card included. This can be expanded with a microSD card to 32GB.
The battery isn't the highest powered, with a rating of 1300 mAh, which
is surprising when you recall how heavy this device is. Yet equally
surprisingly, the Torch seems to last for several days between charges,
unlike many rival smartphones. On the other hand, the 624MHz processor
isn't as powerful as the 1GHz SnapDragon CPU seen in the HTC
Desire, and this can sometimes show. It's most noticeable when multi-tasking,
for example when switching between applications.
In addition to the new slide design, the company have rolled out their
new operating system, BlackBerry 6. This is a definite improvement,
with improved ease-of-use and clearer menus. The email and web systems
have been redesigned, with the new web browser offering full tabbed
browsing. The BlackBerry email experience remains intact, with full
support for corporate email accounts as well as gmail. The home screen
is more customisable, and there are plenty of shortcuts and helpful
features to enable you to do what you want more quickly. It's a welcome
change, but won't cause existing BlackBerry users much trouble in adapting.
When it comes to the user interface, the Torch offers a wide choice
of methods. First off is the touchscreen, which is capacitive with pinch
and zoom capability, and much easier to use than the Storm's
touchscreen. The screen size is adequate for such a device, but at 3.2
inches and 480 x 360 pixels it looks already to be a year out of date
compared with the iPhone 4 or the Samsung
Galaxy S. Having said that, it's bigger than the screen on the BlackBerry
Bold 9700. The touchscreen supports both landscape and portrait
virtual QWERTY keyboards. There's also a virtual portrait SureType keyboard.
The SureType word recognition software monitors your own personal word
use and suggests word completions. And, of course, there's the physical
QWERTY keyboard that will surely be the preferred method of typing,
otherwise why choose the Torch in the first place? The keyboard is certainly
our preference, although the convenience of the virtual keyboards makes
it unnecessary on occasions. We're also pleased to see the optical trackpad,
which has now become standard on all BlackBerries, replacing the irritating
old trackball of earlier generations.
Call quality and reception seem to be problem-free. The Torch continues
the BlackBerry tradition of integrated communications, with text messaging,
email, facebook, twitter and RSS all easily available. An integrated
social feeds app brings together all your social network and RSS feeds.
Fast HSDPA and Wi-Fi connections let you stay in touch in real time.
In common with others in the BlackBerry family, the Torch comes with
a full array of security, including password protection with a keyboard
lock and AES or Triple DES encryption with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
In many ways, the Torch could be described as the best BlackBerry ever.
We like the slide-out keyboard design and we like the new OS. The Torch
is in many ways an incremental improvement over previous models, offering
everything that the Bold 9700 offers and more. And yet ... two things
have happened. First, the smartphone market has jumped ahead, with Apple,
Google and even stalwarts Microsoft and Nokia powering ahead with new
and better phones, practically on a monthly basis. Second, RIM have
chosen to price the Torch right at the top end of the market, which
makes it inevitable that people will make comparisons between the Torch
and phones like the iPhone 4, HTC
Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S.
It's definitely a step in the right direction, and will probably be
a hit with existing BlackBerry fans, but we wish it had a better screen
and a faster CPU.
Update: the new BlackBerry Torch
9810 improves on the original Torch with a faster processor, higher
resolution screen, more memory and HD video recording.
Features of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 include:
- 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus, image stabilisation and
2.5x digital zoom
- Video recording (640 x 480 pixels)
- Display: Touchscreen, 480 x 360 pixels, 65,000 colours, 3.2 inches,
user selectable font size
- Media player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMA and other audio formats
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, push
email with attachment viewer
- Built-in speakerphone
- Voice dialling
- Voice memo recorder
- MP3 ringtones with LED and on-screen indicators and vibration alert
- GPS with BlackBerry Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Memory: 512 MB memory plus 2x4GB cards included with support for
microSD card up to 32GB
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, USB, RIM wireless modem,
3.5mm stereo headset port
- Internet: Web browser, social media
- Size: 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm (when closed)
- Weight: 161g
- Quadband GSM plus 3G HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE
- Battery: 1300 mAh
- Talktime: 5.5 hours
- Battery standby: 310 - 410 hours
BlackBerry Torch User Reviews
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Average rating from 66 reviews:
Reviewed by Amy from UK on 24th Sep 2012
I got this last year on a 24 month contract. 9 months into the contract
the massive screen dislodged itself and wouldn't work at all. I sent
the phone off for repair and seemingly the phone was fixed, apparently
not. The screen freezes constantly and reboots itself, usually deleting
contacts or media images, the phone is slow and always changes screen
colour. The lock button is neither use nor ornament, if I put the phone
into a bag then I use get a "jdhusyf" posted on my Facebook. I seriously
wouldn't waste any money or time on it, it's over priced and Christ
knows how anyone could use it as a business phone.
Reviewed by Glen from UK on 8th Apr 2012
Had a bad experience with the Storm so was sceptical about the Torch.
No worries at all. Had it over a year and love it. It does all it is
supposed to with good clear call quality, which some who write reviews
seem to forget is the fundamental purpose. Hardly both with apps. Email,
sms, camera, calendar, word, all work fine. Battery lasts a full day.
This phone has great functionality and quality and those are key determinants.
Never mind the tinsell and fashion. Think about what you actually use
a mobile for and this handset does all you really need. If you buy the
Swiss Army knife, you mainly use the blade for cutting. Draw a sensible
analogy, then go shopping for your BB 9800. You will be content. I have
tried HTC, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, none perform as well as the Torch.
Reviewed by davis from india on 25th Mar 2012
I is a bad phone
Reviewed by bob from UK on 5th Mar 2012
awful phone! it was ok for about 3/4 months but then started to freeze,
switch off and the screen would randomly go blank, avoid!
Reviewed by toby from england on 18th Feb 2012
i hate this phone
Reviewed by Donald from England on 14th Feb 2012
I have had the Torch for 3 months now - first Blackberry for me. At
first I hated it, wanted my G2 builders phone back.as this thing was
much too complicated. Then found I could send text so easily using the
slide out, also could send e-mail, just as easy. The camera on the phone
is fantastic, can send a photo of wall or roof, from site; straight
to boss for job approval. The main thing is this phone is compatible
with my Apple computer - an important matter for me. Also, I never forget
birthdays/meetings/appointments now - the phone reminds me. Got used
to 'most' of the functions now and the product build is very good indeed.
Very glad I chose this type and model.
Reviewed by Char from UK on 10th Feb 2012
I had the Blackberry Torch for a year and I would not have a blackberry
ever again. The battery life went down to only being able to use it
for a few hours. The phone was so slow and it used to freeze. The finish
on the phone wore off after a few weeks and it used to give off small
electric shocks when charging. The only good feature of it was the camera
this was a good feature. Do not get a Blackberry you will be disappointed
Reviewed by Chelsie from England on 24th Jan 2012
I received a contract blackberry torch 9800 almost a year ago and in
a nutshell, I am thoroughly disappointed with it. At first the phone
worked well, it was fast, efficient and problem free. But after a while
I began to notice minor problems, the screen started to cut out, the
device became slow like a highly virussed computer, despite having blackberry
protect to prevent such problems, and the battery life had shortened
greatly. Presently my blackberry 9800 will not work with the screen
slid up to expose the QWERTY keyboard due to the wires becoming damaged
with time, which is another fault with the phones design. When I slide
the screen up everything will move to an incorrect position and the
touchscreen will work as though it is very badly calibrated and upon
locking and unlocking the phone, the screen will turn grey and have
streaks across it, which would sound like accidental damge but,I can
assure you, this is certainly a manufactural fault.
Reviewed by Mo from UK on 20th Jan 2012
Reviewed by william jay gould from american - living
in nicaragua on 18th Jan 2012
I have a BB Torch 9800 and I think its fantastic, I was comptiplating
in upgrading to an BB Bold 9900 but, I am quite satisfied with my Torch.
Thank you for making and excellent smartphone.
Reviewed by Anu from India on 16th Jan 2012
BlackBerry Torch along with all the good features has one major drawback
with the handset. The polish of the handset would start ripping off
just after the few days of purchase. I own a red color handset while
I cross checked with others in my circle and to my surprise they are
encountering the same issue irrespective of the color or metal texture.
It's horrible to see the handset now just after 2-3 months of purchase
and spending big bucks is just in vain.
Reviewed by LUKE from wales on 14th Jan 2012
had this phone in replace for my bb 9780, as i thought that was bad......this
phone was even worst !!!!! very top heavy when kb was open, battery
poor, camera poor, screen poor and so on .......... i want my bb 9700
Reviewed by g_saci from Italy on 8th Jan 2012
Fantastic phone, very outstanding, but blackberry need to make something
less bulckier and more resistent to scratch...
Reviewed by Alberto mlawa from Tanzania on 26th
The phone z adorable and I love it
Reviewed by unknow from lebanon on 21st Dec 2011
Best Phone ever
Reviewed by aj from england on 10th Dec 2011
well i have have blackberry 9800 and its a amazing phone i was going
to get iphone4 but got blackberry as it is much easyer to type. also
i have ipod4 and ipad2 so blackberry is a nice change, blackberry torch
is the best phone ever made end off. my advice; you go buy it now! before
there all goneD: cya.
Reviewed by Torch review from Uk on 28th Nov 2011
The battery life lasted me 17 minutes, too bad bb, you need to catch
up. I think a will go back to my nokia brick, yes the torch is really
that bad! Although my brick is pretty cool too, but I said that to emphersise
how bad torch is and how I really don't recommend it. Sooo bad I am
dissapointed with the cost...and the battery life, you couldn't send
a decent text without losing battery then charging up. No offence BB
but your worst phone yet. I hate this phone so much
Reviewed by Jose from Panamá on 21st Nov 2011
I'm not complaining, it's better than the storm and compete with the
iPhone the screen is acceptable I do not care how they look the lyrics
or the images I do not demand a lot because I'm young and elderly persons
who do not complain about the resolution of the screen this phone is
very stylish but the iphone good camera (bad camera is 2 mp down)
Reviewed by Philbert from USA on 4th Nov 2011
The biggest issue I have with BlackBerry Torch is with the menu, the
top bar which shows the time date and signal, opens up and gives access
to the manage connections, there you can accidently turn the radio off
and now can not receive any calls, I think a double click or a password
would help with that
Reviewed by MADDY from UK on 16th Oct 2011
IM LOVIN IT :)
Reviewed by Tinkerbell from UK on 14th Oct 2011
I loved this phone when I first got it, but well after 6 months I'm
thinking of selling it. The phone crashes with nearly every app that's
downloaded. I've exchanged it already but this handset it just as bad
as the first. The screen resolution is shockingly bad (look at a Samsung
Galaxy S 2, WOW) BB are just so behind. Its heavy, bulky and if I'm
talking on it in my left ear it either jumps to loud speaker or mutes
me. Really annoying. I'm thinking of getting a HTC or a Samsung.
Reviewed by rachel from UK on 25th Sep 2011
I have recently got a white blackberry torch, on contract. And I find
its amazing. When I was looking for a blackberry phone, I was warned
by many people not to get the blackberry torch and that I should get
the bold, I stuck with my instict and went for the torch, I found it
really easy to get used to, as this is my first blackberry and I have
not had to look in the manual for anything.some people say that the
buttons are too small or that is quite heavy, but surley by looking
at it you can tell what it looks like? Personally this to me is a great
phone, it has blackberry messanger and blackberry app world. I would
reccommend this phone to people as it has mant good features, and also
the white version looks more classy, I'd say this phone is a great choice!
Hope this helps!
Reviewed by dan aviomoh from nigeria on 13th Sep
Best fone eva.....
Reviewed by James robertson from UK on 19th Aug
I've had the 9800 for a while now. I have had no problems with it at
all, although at first the battery life was AWFUL. But after a few days
the OS seems to settle down or something and now i get 2-3 days on a
charge using internet, wifi, playing the odd game, BBM, texting etc.
General medium use id say. No problems with my ear touching things on
the screen, i guess i dont have BFG ears like some. has never reset
itself or crashed or force closed an app or dropped a call or done anything.
Blackberry apps are atrocious, and they sell themselves on their premier
email handling. Sure you get push email, but the client does nothing
that any other client can do. Gmail, logicmail, etc. RIM are gonna go
down if this is the best they can do. One thing, although it is a good
phone and i genuinely like it, it is NOT worth the price RIM are asking
for it. If you want a touchscreen with qwerty there are other, cheaper
adn better phones. As soon as I can i will trade this in for something
Reviewed by Howard from UK on 25th Jul 2011
I like Blackberry phones and have two Bolds and and older Blackberry.
Tried this phone and In hate it. It decides what it wants to do for
itself. If your eat touches the phone that the end of the call. Sold
it and went back to my od Bold and now waiting for new Bold Touch to
come out. You have been warned!!
Reviewed by jack from uk on 5th Jul 2011
not good and to heavy
Reviewed by Adam Kilvert from United Kingdom on
16th Jun 2011
Boom, the black berry torch is the way to go... sleek elegant and may
as well be the Ferrari of the phone world. cannot beat it for practicality
and especially for the fact its not like any other phone out of the
Reviewed by lewis from uk on 8th Jun 2011
Ever since I got the bold 9700 with an amazing contract I have not been
able to stay away. I have a curve 8520 for work and I've had the 3g.
I've had htcs and nokias. But I am a blackberry guy.
Reviewed by tomexh from U.K on 23rd May 2011
Don't buy it or rent it. Full of software problems with no fixes from
Blackberry and no matter how many times you change it the same problem
will be back with in weeks. Homescreen message notifier with red asterick
wont go away after messages have been read and deleted rubbish
Reviewed by Claire from England on 18th May 2011
I brought this phone for £27 a month, ( its around £500 on payg),terrible.
If your getting this for bbm. dont. its so slow, and battery is drained
after a few hours, it has a few good things, like the keyboard, but
i put the phone in my pocket after having it for 4 days, and there was
dust under the screen?! also it creaks badly! took it to o2, swapped
for a htc desire s, which is amazing. regret buying the torch!, Htc
all the way!
Reviewed by Rachael from Manchester, England on
26th Apr 2011
I have had BB's in the past, but got given an iPhone 3G - this was a
brilliant phone, although missed 'physical' buttons, was going to get
iPhone 4 but the shear expense put me off - £35 pcm tariff plus £100-£200
handset cost... so got a BB Torch White as the features are comparativley
similar - i immediately remembered why i loved my previous BB's - love
this phone, BB OS6 is amazing, functionality as always with BB - brilliant
and the white version looks sweet!
Reviewed by tiijay from debdon on 18th Apr 2011
Hello there guys and gals I baught the blackberry torch in white last
week and was a little bit worried as to how dirrty this phone would
get as I work on a building site all day only to find that wednesday
last week the phone feel out my poket and straight on to the concrete
floor and I picked the phone up and not a single scratch to the screen
only on the chrome bezzle that surrounds the phone any way what I'm
getting at here is that the white model is not a dirt magnet nor a finger
print magnet like the black one . The back cover on the whitw one is
also a shiny plastic back instead of the rubber back and there are no
problems with it I like the white version compared to the black as I
feel it looks soo much more classy than the black I'm just gonn have
to find some chrome paint now to cover up my scratch oh well great phone
Reviewed by dalip singh from india on 18th Apr
this is good cell fone
Reviewed by Daniel Ratcliffe from England on 18th
So, having owned the phone for a month now, I must say I am very impressed.
The Torch designed as a whole RIM shake-up, and many people say it didn't
deliver. It did. This was a groundbreaker for RIM. Non-SurePress touch-screen,
slide out QWERTY keypad, 5mpixel camera. Yes, Android beat them to it
all already, however RIM have put this into a solid package that is
a pleasure to use. The slide-out QWERTY keypad is a dream to use. Get
used to it and you'll fly through those emails and other text-based
communications. It is a hybrid keyboard with inspiration from the Bold
9700 keypad. The 5mpixel camera comes with lots of "Shooting Modes"
which really help. I spun in a circle at high speed on Action mode for
example. Hit the capture button on the camera while spinning, NO blur
(however there was a weird angle on it). You'll find the camera a pleasure
to use. People will say the processor is underpowered. Maybe so, however
the BB OS was designed to work with lower processors, so why not save
money on the processor? Works fine for me! The touch-screen. Now this
is sometimes a mixed bag (it occassionally locks up, a lock and unlock
fixes it mind), but is generally very responsive. Battery life is my
only annoyance with the Torch, as it isn't stellar, not by a long shot.
If battery life is really important, the Bold 9700/9780 is for you.
All in all, a phone I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone wanting a BlackBerry
and has a high budget. It has plenty of advanced functionality that
will make it feel nice to use.
Reviewed by tommy from london on 14th Apr 2011
I get these phones are mainly mad for professionals but I feel rim are
trying to open a new criteria with this phone although the app store
I feel is a little week when compared to say the android market or the
apple app store when you get 3D games for free and great apps that tell
you of great places to go in your local area although the BB app store
is too weak no 3D games and all the 2D games come in at nearly £4 a
pop craazy if it wasn't for bbm I think I would have gone for an I phone
Reviewed by Tushar from India on 13th Apr 2011
I got 9800 a few days back, and it was my first bb but i have to say
it has made me crazy for it...brilliant phone with gr8 functionality...i
would recommend everyone to go for it without hesitation.
Reviewed by annoymous from england on 5th Apr
Iv just got this phone and so far so good! I thought I wouldn't be able
to work it but I came to me straight away! Its soo easy and so fast!
And also I was worrying about the size of the phone.. Its fine! Fits
perfectly in your hand! The buttons are really east to type with! I
would reccomend this phone to anyone! Its miles better then the iphone
4 witch I previously had before this phone, this phone is the best phone
out yet! 5 stars from me! Honestly I'm 13 and I would reccomend this
phone to anyone that's stuck between 2 phones:) I think I'm gonna stick
with blackberrys forever I'm in love with them:D
Reviewed by Neil from UK on 19th Mar 2011
I quite agree with regard to the Blackberry Torch review. It IS a superb
phone and I would highly recommend it. Having had and used a Blackberry
Curve before I was used to the menu structure and powerful tools that
come on a Blackberry, AND the help from Blackberry customer support
is just superb. The reason I chose the Torch was simply a case of ease
and speed of transfer of my old phone information from my curve to my
new Torch. With a NEW phone that would have taken longer to do,...time
which I don't have. My other choice may have been the HTC Desire, which
my step brother has and I have heard has a faster processor and yes
the screen CAN be slow to respond sometimes. I did have a months worth
of using an HTC, and I was VERY impressed. However, I like the email
push on the Blackberry. I Love my Blackberry.
Reviewed by Chris Cox from England on 27th Feb
Mine was brilliant when I first had it but got a bit slow when I filled
the internal memory, the QWERTY keyboard is excellent and the touchscreen
works excellently. Loved it!
Reviewed by Anon from UK on 27th Feb 2011
Bought as a replacement to my BB 9700. Compared with the Bold interface
is much better however the new OS does need some time to think when
making the actions (some 1 or 2 second delay). They feel of the keyboard
is much better than the Bold and although people say it is cramped,
I find that I tend to make more typos on the Bold than on tne Torch.
A couple of issues with it though - the lock button is pretty rubbish
as it doesn't sit flushed on top of the screen and when I leave it in
my pocket it unlocks itself (sometimes it happens as I'm putting it
in my pocket). Also, while in a call it is prone to face dialling random
numbers on the screen. Maybe there's a fix for this but I certainly
haven;t found it yet. Apart from those two issues, I absolutely love
Reviewed by mark from uk on 24th Feb 2011
i just upgraded from a iphone 3gs and can say its a very user friendly
phone emails a breeze and battery is a lot better than the iphone even
when wifi and heavy use i can get two or more days with ease , call
quailty is the best ive seen for a while and the slide out keyboard
is a big plus even for me with fingers like well shovels (almost) overall
very happy and look forward to the next from blackberry
Reviewed by Qasid from England on 24th Feb 2011
Just upgraded from the Samsung Tocco Ultra (because of the similar touch
+ keypad form) and I must say it is a fantastic one! I've grown accustom
to the qwerty keyboard on the phone, but has other input methods too.
The speed is great, not slow like others have mentioned. The only problem
is that while making a call, it doesn't swtich of the screen sometimes...resulting
in awkward behaviour. Other than that a brilliant phone, a great successor
to my older phone (except the camera ofcourse: 8MP before, 5MP now).
Reviewed by David from England on 16th Feb 2011
Ok, but Nokia E72 is a better bet.
Reviewed by Timmy from Ireland on 16th Feb 2011
I am a previous blackberry addict and have always had nothing but blackberry
and now I see why this device is just amazing and they on the bottom
of the phone are so tactile not as good as my bold 9700 but as close
as your gonna get to it and I can download lots of apps no more 128mb
like my bold 9000 this is a phone of beauty and it shows in the price
tag £450 ouch but worth it I got the red one carphone warehouse I hope
the torch 2 has a better screen though not that the screen on this is
any lower res compared to anyother device but if you hold it to say
a samsung galaxy S the colours on the torch do look a little bit wAshed
out but otherwise one of the best BBs ever :)
Reviewed by Jose from UK on 31st Jan 2011
Got my phone the day it was released in the UK, absolutely fantastic
phone, easy to use, great conectivity and fantastic looking piece of
kit. I've had iPhone's but to be honest they just don't cut it for me.
By far and away the best phone ever.
Reviewed by Olumide Adeboye from Nigeria on 28th
Brilliant phone and make life easy
Reviewed by Richard from London on 20th Jan 2011
I have just sent my bb torch back. Pros very neat phone well made very
good battery life great screen, bb have made a phone which is a gem
and is far the best yet...but I use the blackberry bold 9700 and so
dose my wife, the things that made me send it back were the locking
key on the top of the phone is far to sensitive it switches on and off
in your pocket and opens different apps up very fustrating that means
you could be dialling someone and you don't even know, also I could
not end a call using the slider,and the screen the phone is just to
touchie for me i turned all the settings down and still had problems,the
phone weights a ton but fits comfortably in the hand, maybe the key
pad could have be a bit bigger as for the keys at the bottom are hard
to use due to the slider shutter, im just used to the bold , i will
always stick with blackberry because it has the best email client and
I use it for business.For me this phone is certainly the way forward
for blackberry.i will wait for the torch 2 to come out and try that
hope fully they will tweak all the small problems.
Reviewed by Lisa from UK on 18th Jan 2011
This is my first BB, having been a Nokia fan all my life. I am very
impressed, as I wanted a good, reliable communications device and this
does everything. It did take me a little while to work out how to use
everything - the tiny manual does not explain everything and I had to
look at forums and the BB site for more info. However, I am one of their
older customers and not as good on technology as some of you younger
ones. This phone is heavier than most but it is classy and feels like
a quality phone. The ring tones can sound a bit low but as I am not
planning on downloading Juve Bunny as a ring tone anytime soon, I can
live with that. I would recommend this phone 100% but look for the best
deals with a free phone.
Reviewed by Terry from Belfast on 13th Jan 2011
Hello! This is now my second review on this site, and will now go ahead
and review the Blackberry 9800 Torch. I have never owned or operated
a Blackberry device until I received mine last week as an upgrade. I
read numerous reviews and read all the good and bad points of owning
this Blackberry Torch 9800 I was nearly put of from purchasing this
phone because of the bad reviews relating to bad battery life, considering
it is a touch screen phone? My Blackberry device will last approximately
3 to 3.5 days on one charge and I use mine quite A lot for txtn'g BBM,
E mails, and phone calls. Things to remember on first charing the phone
do so for 18 hrs. Second: Let the phone's battery completely deplete
until it switches off then recharge for 8 to 12 hrs while your sleeping
at night is best way to do it. Turn the screen brightness down to 10%,
turn wifi & bluetooth & vibrate off. Thats bout a wrap. If you do the
above you will get maximum life and longevity out of your device.. I
would say it would be equal if not better life expectancy than my Nokia
E72. I have to say I a'm very pleased with this phone, the responsiveness
is very fluid as well there is no buggyness slow down or anything of
that nature, makes calls with good clarity and functionality, only down
side are the ring tones which are very low in tone, if you don't have
it near you only way to realise you have received a call or anything
else is by the flashing led indication which blinkes until you access
the device... The phone is a wee bit heavy but I like that fact feels
real quality while holding it in my hand it's built to last, the size
of the phone is good also. Takes fantastic pictures & video all round
swiss army knife of mobile phones currently out there today.. So all
in all very happy to be using this blackberry Torch 9800, wouldn't consider
anything else ever again.
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 12th Jan 2011
This is just an outstanding, functional, well built mobile phone. Blackberry
users will love the OS6 which makes things easier without being fiddly.
Why do people insist on comparing this phone to the i phone, desire
etc. Its not like for like. If you want a toy to play games on and occasionally
make a (poor quality) call on then get an i phone. If you want a top
of the range communications device then get the Torch because its the
best out there at what its supposed to do !
Reviewed by A.Pedley from UK on 11th Jan 2011
Just ditched the Storm 2, (piece of junk) for the Torch, absolutely
brilliant by comparison, why do people slag off the screen resolution
so much i think its fine, the new operating system is smooth and easy
to follow especially if you are used to Blackberry's Great phone!!
Reviewed by Christian from UK on 5th Jan 2011
This phone really is the best blackberry yet and if your a Blackberry
user you will love it for sure. Things that stand out for me is the
new opperating system and improved web browsing. ive heard a lot of
reviewers slate the screen resolution. Yes admitingly it is lower than
the i phone ect but saying that i really find it to be clear and sharp.
the only thing i would like to see is HD video recording but the camera
is a huge leap over previous Blackberry's
Reviewed by michael from uk on 29th Dec 2010
It is not worth the money, but then again which phone is worhth the
money these days. It has all the functions you would expect from a high
end phone. The touchscreen is excellent, and the overall phone is much
faster than expected! BUT! ONLY BUY THIS if you like qwerty keyboards,
you will not like just using the phone, as it is too thick to be just
used as a touchscreen phone!
Reviewed by mobee from england on 17th Dec 2010
the phone is outstanding, it has everything required for todays technology.
. definately recommend. a must buy for bb users.
Reviewed by darren from wales on 11th Dec 2010
Great phone, had it now for a month and haven't had a problem keyboard
is also surprisingly easy to use I miss press a key about as often as
I do on a full size one and can type almost as fast! Easily the best
phone I have ever used only reason for 4 star is the poor battery life
but that's due to the fact I leave my wifi and everything on always.
Reviewed by IA from UK on 23rd Nov 2010
First BB phone after years/decade of using siemens and nokia. Had it
for a week now, no complaints so far. Made the mistake of not closing
some apps and the battery didn't last 24 hrs. but once I closed everything
battery now last for days. so no complaints. Its a plus that I have
small fingers so no problem with keyboard.
Reviewed by Mike from Mexico on 19th Nov 2010
Very pleased with the Torch. I can work on it like a real computer.
It can multitask smoothly between apps. You have the convenience of
having a full qwerty keyboard and a touch screen. I love the fact that
I can attach any kind of file to an email and send it without problems
just like you were on your computer. Thats the convenience of having
a native file system. The new OS is very good, stable, sufficiently
quick, customizable (with themes) and the number of applications is
growing. Oh, and it has survived its first trip to the floor without
any problems. Overall and excellent, practical and reliable workhorse.
Reviewed by Vince from England on 13th Nov 2010
I'm very pleased with mine, a top-notch phone.
Reviewed by russ girdle from uk on 7th Nov 2010
Had the phone for about a week now, had blackberry's for last 5 years
and was sucked in a few years back by the disaster that was Storm so
wen I hered of another touch screen blackberry is was exited but very
cautious.To date the Bold has been by the far best handset that BB have
produced and when I came to upgarade my handset it was the touch or
the 9780. I have to say that the phone is fantastic it takes some adjusting
and adapting but touch screen excellent and you don't loose the blackberry
style and usability, ie keybored. The build quality is class and slide
well made. The torch is everything the storm should have been but more
and it hasn't once had me reaching back for my BOLD 9700.
Reviewed by kook from england on 28th Oct 2010
dont buy it its not getting for free rubbish in all ways
Reviewed by Josephine Monday from Nigeria on 27th
Never knew I missed a lot not having a blackberry fone. Now am part
of blackberyy family. Wow wow wow I luv it. Its a piece indeed
Reviewed by PAUL from WALES on 24th Oct 2010
was due for upgrade have tried galaxy s htc etc etc then this caught
my eye its bril does everything fab its got menus for menus plenty to
do on it and the keyboard and touch work bril never had a blackberry
b4 hooked now you wont regret buying it
Reviewed by Christian from London on 20th Oct
I'm rather conservative in that I like buttons to press - so I thought
that the slide-out qwerty keyboard in combination with the touch(ish)
screen was a good compromise on my way to a touch-screen only phone.
The build quality of the Torch is fantastic. It even feels expensive
holding it - and that is part of the problem: it's way too chunky and
heavy. The second main issue is that the keyboard is just a shade too
narrow/small. My main beef with my Nokia E71 is/was that I kept pressing
two keys at once involuntarily. In conclusion, my relationship with
the Torch was brief. Three days. It's now gone back to Orange and I'm
eagerly anticipating taking the plunge with the touchscreen-only HTC
Reviewed by John Mason from Berkshire on 13th
I've had this phone for one week and love it. Had a Samsung Galaxy S
that I sent back because the battery life was so poor. I think the blackberry
is a far better phone for day to day use. The screen is the only slight
let down but its not at all bad. Its just that screens on some other
phones are now so good. I read a lot of negative reviews about the processor
power but haven't found any problems with the phone lagging or locking
Reviewed by will from birmingham on 12th Oct 2010
the best phone i have ever had, and i had iphone. this is by far the
best mobile i have ever used touch screen and buttins so best of both
Reviewed by Max Williams from UK on 12th Oct 2010
Hi, I was luckily enough to get one of these for free and I'm fairly
impressed over my previous Bold 9000/9700's which I've had for the last
couple of years. Everything takes a bit of getting used to and over
the first couple of days the phone seems to speed up. Overall I like
it, not sure its a worthwhile upgrade from a Bold if you have to pay
for it though.
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