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BlackBerry Torch review
Updated: A slider, a touchscreen, a new approach. But can the Torch keep RIMs fire burning?
Our Score 3
Last reviewed: 2011-03-09March 9th
Mobile phones Review
Page 1: BlackBerry Torch: Overview and designPage 2: BlackBerry Torch: InterfacePage 3: BlackBerry Torch: Contacts and callingPage 4: BlackBerry Torch: MessagingPage 5: BlackBerry Torch: InternetPage 6: BlackBerry Torch: CameraPage 7: BlackBerry Torch: VideoPage 8: BlackBerry Torch: MediaPage 9: BlackBerry Torch: Battery lifePage 10: BlackBerry Torch: Organiser and connectivityPage 11: BlackBerry Torch: ComparisonPage 12: BlackBerry Torch: Verdict
The definitive BlackBerry Torch 9800 review
We've overhauled our BlackBerry Torch review in light of recent firmware upgrades and a big drop in price - from £40 to £30 a month in some cases, and nearly £100 off the SIM free price.
Take a look at this updated review to see if this extra cost savings make the BlackBerry Torch a market leading smartphone.
For years, they were the businessman's workhorse – the status symbol that you'd made it in the corporate world. But Blackberry's approach has changed of late – buoyed on (or shaken) by the success of Apple's iPhone and various Android competitors, maker RIM has reshaped its approach.
As Apple tries to show its iPhone can make it in the corporate world, Blackberry's changed its tune and is now targeting the traditionally youthful music and social media lovers.
After the love-it-or-hate-it SurePress screen of the BlackBerry Storm and Storm 2, the Torch has gone for what is now the industry standard: a capacitive screen with no clicks needed.
These are great qwerty Blackberrys when they are working! Problem is there very prone to the trackpad failing. And it is not a easy fix as it used to be with the trackball system.
Battery life is quite good. With heavy use it will need charging each day at least though.
Current firmware is 5.0 + not able to handle latest os 6.0
Parts are plentiful and cheap! and there are many accessories available also.
This is a very popular phone and as such still holds a good resale value even if faulty!
Very cheap and easy to unlock :-)