BlackBerry Torch 9800 – Review, Specs, Price and Features

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Photo

When you talk of BlackBerry, the image that crops up in your mind is of a phone with full QWERTY keypad facilitating texting and e-mailing. BlackBerry Torch 9800, is the latest offering from Canadian firm Research In Motion (RIM) for smartphone buyers. With intense competition in the smartphone segment, thanks to devices such as HTC Desire, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry Torch 9800 seeks to give a tough fight to its counterparts.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Design and Display

BlackBerry Torch 9800 is a touch screen slider phone of RIM, the first of its kind, and the company has done a fairly decent job with the design of the phone. The sliding mechanism of the phone is quite smooth. However, there is the absence of designated touch point to slide open the device. Overall Torch 9800 is solidly built and with the slider closed, the phone measures 61x112x14 mm, weighing 161 grams.

The optical trackpad under the screen works as usual with no real surprises which enhances the productivity of the device. The volume buttons are on the right, while the mute/locker button is on the top. One can easily read longer e-mails and web pages with the option of using the keypad and trackpad.

If you compare Torch’s screen with other BlackBerry models, then you will find it at par with other members within its family. However, compared to Android devices and iPhone 4, the 3.2″ touch screen falls a little short of expectation. The screen displays pictures measuring 480×360 pixels. The display is equipped with a proximity sensor for auto turn-off and is capable of displaying 16 million colors. Compared to touch screen of Storm and Storm 2, the Torch 9800’s touch screen is more responsive.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Technical Specifications

Torch 9800 is comes with an internal memory capacity of 4GB, which allows to practically store unlimited phone records. The memory can be increased to a whopping 32 GB with the help of a microSD card. Some of the other specifications of Torch 9800 are:

  • Product type: Smartphone
  • Operating System: BlackBerry 6.0 OS
  • CPU: 624 MHz processor
  • Games: Yes + downloadable
  • Radio: No
  • Colors: Black, White, Dark Orange
  • Speakerphone: Yes
  • Alert Types: Vibration, MP3 Ringtones

Complete BlackBerry Torch 9800 Specs.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 ImageBlackBerry Torch 9800 Connectivity and Networking

Multimedia connectivity is seamless with BlackBerry Torch 9800. The phone supports both 2G (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) and 3G (HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 /800). There is also support for GPRS [ Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps], EDGE (Class 10, 236.8 kbps). There is no infrared port but BlueTooth 2.1 with A2DP profile makes up for it. BlackBerry OS 6.0 web browser is much faster compared to its predecessors and has additional features such as tabbed browsing, pinch-to-zoom facility etc. Torch 9800 is also equipped with a 3.5 mm audio jack, which further enhances audio quality and amplitude.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Multimedia

We were quite disappointed to find that there is no FM radio in the phone. However, the music player of the phone is quite impressive and supports a wide range of music formats. The music player of the phone sorts the music library automatically and you can also search the particular tracks of by typing them. You can also create your own playlist. Options such as equalizer and audio boost further enrich your music experience.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Camera

Torch 9800 is equipped with a 5 mega-pixel camera which lets you click picture of resolution measuring 2592×1944 pixels. The camera is equipped with auto-focus, LED flash and comes with Geo-tagging facilities. One can record videos at 24 fps. In natural light, the camera performs well, but when flash is required, the performance is slightly disappointing.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Accessories

Torch 9800 comes with standard accessories such as stereo headset power adapter, micro USB cable and a manual for beginners.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Battery

BlackBerry Torch 9800 comes with a standard Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery which gives a talk time of up to 5 hours when the phone is operated on 2G and 5 hours 30 minutes when the phone works on 3G. Standby time on 2G is up to 432 hours and on 3G it is up to 336 hours.

BlackBerry Torch 9800 Price and Final Say

In the US, the phone is available for $ 99 while in India it is available for Rs 35,000.

When BlackBerry Torch 9800 was unlocked, expectations were high. If monitored closely, BlackBerry Torch 9800 is not much different from its predecessors. The average video quality and the low resolution screen are some of its major drawbacks. However, it’s refreshed operating system and enhanced connectivity options make the phone a reasonable buy.

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