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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Full Review

Category : Blackberry, Mobile Phones

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the latest Blackberry product which keeps the traditional keyboard but tries to woo other users with the addition of touchscreen technology. The 9800 is a distinct departure from the classic Blackberry layout such as the 9700, the 9800 has a keyboard which slides out vertically below the screen making the keyboard narrower and also thicker than the type of handsets most mobile users will be used to 915mm thick). The keyboard itself is quite easy to use it just loks strange with the long, thin layout and makes the Blackberry feel slightly top heavy when keypad is extended. The built in spell checker also helps when typing fast texts!

The torch has so many menus and choices it is almost too much to cope with! Take the basic controls of the phone for example – even for basic control functions you have a choice of touchscreen, optical trackpad, keyboard shortcuts or even the menu keys. Most users in practice will probably decide on a suitable configuration and usage for their everyday needs and stick with it, however for those so inclined there are thousands of options and possibilities. If you do ever get confused and cant find something, the BlackBerry universal search will come in handy. This feature allows you to type in a word and search all contacts, messages, applications and files. There is even an option to extend the search to the internet if the results returned from universal search dont satisfy you!

The Blackberry 6 operating system used in this 9800 model is also a vast improvement over the previous versions (which were often criticised as being phones with touchscreens bodged on at the last minute). The 9800 feels complete and powerful, unlike some previous Blackberry touchscreen phone efforts. It has to be said however, that the touchscreen itself is no threat to the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S. The resolution is too low and sometimes when browsing you will find yourself zooming in to make web pages easily readable – but at least the multi-touch zoom feature makes this easy and intuitive!

The Blackberry ships with many pre-installed applications, with many more being available via BlackBerry App World. The email application is particularly clever but a Blackberry contract is required to make the most of it. With 3G and WiFi, connectivity at decent data speeds is rarely a problem and with up to 32Gb of memory available using microSD card there is plenty of storage space for most user needs. Already some cracking deals on T-mobile and Orange.

Advantages: Full user friendly qwerty keyboard, latest version of Blackberry operating system is vast improvement, great connectivity via WiFi or 3G, fantastic email application and features.

Disadvantages: Feels bulkier than some competitors, touchscreen not as good as competitors like the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S, some may the find the vast array of options a bit bewildering

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