RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review
Strange to say it now, but this is what RIM should’ve produced from the onset with the original BlackBerry Torch 9800. Thankfully, the Torch 9810 is packing some remarkably better hardware under the hood in the form of a speedy 1.2GHz single core processor with 768 MB of RAM. However, it seems rather underpowered in an age where dual-core CPUs are all the rage nowadays Nonetheless, we’re content with its performance mainly due to the ridiculously more responsive execution that it exhibits.
We can cry about the single-core CPU on this one, but we’re more concerned with the platform performance. And rightfully so, OS 7 with RIM’s so-called Liquid Graphics Technology is able to provide a sensual experience that’s not only responsive, but far more improved in handling the needs of power users. Come to think of it, we’re impressed the most by its adaptive response, which is even supplemented by its extremely tight execution. Still, there are things that leave us desiring for more with BlackBerry OS 7. On the surface, it hasn’t changed much over the previous version seeing that the homescreen is laid out in the same manner. At its core, OS 7 continues to exude the fundamental characteristics of previous versions of BlackBerry OS with its layered, menu driven, and sometimes clunky feel. In the end, it’s not innovating at the rapid rate we want to see it at, but more importantly, we’re just about ready to move on ahead and eagerly awaiting to accept QNX as the premier BlackBerry OS .
Slow and steady is the way to go when using the Torch 9810’s physical keyboard, but as an alternative, you can always resort to using its on-screen options. Sporting a new layout that offers a little bit more space between its rectangular sized keys, we’re content with the overall experience – but we’re not kidding when we say space is undoubtedly a luxury with this one. Besides the compact layout, we dig its responsive action when speed typing. Luckily, the Torch 9810 does an okay job with auto-correction, but equally as appreciated, we like that misspelled words are underlined to inform us of our mistakes – thus, offering suggestions when they’re selected. In addition to the full QWERTY layout, other options include the reduced (multi-tap) and SureType keyboards.
What can we say about email on the Torch 9810? For starters, it’s what you’d expect out of any BlackBerry, which is a fantastic experience that caters to the needs to power users with push email support. As much as we adore its intuitive and straightforward nature, we’d still like to see some features like threaded conversations to organize things just a bit more.
Launching any of the Torch 9810 organizer apps, there are no major changes with any of them. With the Calendar app, we’re able to synchronize things from our Gmail and Facebook accounts, which are actually color-coded to better distinguish appointments. Besides being able to set alarms from within the Clock app, we’re also given access to other secondary apps like the stopwatch and timer. Additionally, there is an option to enable bedside mode, which allows the clock to be displayed while preventing incoming calls or messages from popping up. Some of the other organizer apps on board with the handset include the Calculator, MemoPad, Tasks, and Voice Notes Recorder.
1. frustyak (Posts: 168; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
If the iPhone 5 looked exactly like the iPhone 4, will PhoneArena give it a con for 'Recycled design'?
12. MySchizoBuddy (unregistered)
why do you care so much how the iphone will be rated? How does iphone rating effect the blackberry rating? what if phonearena doesn't give iphone a con for recycled design? what will happen then? will your eyes pop out, you get prostate cancer, excessive urination. what?
you my friend are waaaaaaay to much invested in this.
14. frustyak (Posts: 168; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
Actually, I have nothing invested in this. You seem to be overreacting a bit. My point was that PA has some arbitrary standards as to what constitutes a recycled or rehashed design. PA had no issue with the fact that the iPhone, iPhone 2, and the iPhone 3G were identical, yet the 9810 gets a knock for a recycled design.
I don't own an iPhone or a 9810. I set up the phones for my company's account, and a few of our people have 9810's and the original torch from last year. They're well-built, with a solid feel, and they're not ugly phones by any stretch. So keeping the same basic design is not a con in my book, but it is in PA's.
21. alx33 (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
The order is Iphone, Iphone 3G, Iphone 3GS, Iphone 4, Iphone 4S
2. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
This phone is still going to sell quite well. Even the previous version still sells.
3. matistight (Posts: 206; Member since: 13 May 2009)
I have an HD2, G2x and Sensation 4G, and if I had to get BB, I would still choose Torch 1/2, Its a really good phone, I recommend trying one at AT&T for about 20 minutes.
4. snowgator (Posts: 3289; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Actually, I think it is a fair review. This is not a bad phone, as they do not slam any single area. But overall, it doesn't do anything to grab you by the throat and say "BUY ME!!!" like a lot of high end models do today.
2 complaints I do have: I do get a little tired of the dual-core processor baseball bat they use. They give high marks to single core reviews all the time. Dual core is not available in even the majority of devices used yet. It is worth mentioning, but the Torch 2 is not priced at high end level, and should have been reviewed as a mid-range offering. At the 50.00- 100.00 price point, it is a good buy by the review.
Secondly, if you have the original Torch and like the design, RUN and get this device. Everything is better. Not recommending it to current Torch owners who like Blackberry and want to stick with it is strange..
5. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)
I currently live in Qatar and the 9800 Torch sells like hotcakes here! No matter how improved or unimproved the Torch 2 might be, it still will sell quite well here...
8. ShanikuaKnowws (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
This phone is not gonna sell well. It's the exact same thing as its predecessor!
9. exia13 (unregistered)
First thing I just pulled the battery from my Torch 9800 and its battery say 1,270 mah so its battery is not a downgrade. Two most phone look similar to each other nowadays so knocking off points because RIM used a design they feel works is unfair.
10. techigan (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
This will be great for the money. Too bad the 9900 will not be available yet. I have it from Canada and it is great. Att needs to stop riding the iPhone wave. I love how this is 4G yet there is still a great chance iphone 5 will not be.
11. Matt (unregistered)
Just picked it up yesterday, gf has the older version which is now not responding to touch...none the less good phone EXCEPT:
APPs that no longer work!
and a whole slew of others.
How is it that my 8900 can run all of them with an old OS, yet none of these will work? Thanks a lot Blackberry
Etrade doesnt even work on the older 9800 apparently, so now I'm really screwed because I need a keyboard, and the only one left that is worthwhile is the retarded HTC Status.
13. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
If I could trade in my 9800 for this I would, but I highly doubt I'll use my upgrade this December to move to this device. I do love my Torch, but I don't feel this is different enough to warranty a new 2-year contract.
15. Henry75 (unregistered)
I played around with the new BB's at the AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint stores. Of all of them, I actually liked the 9810 the most, even though most BB fans prefer the 9900/9930. I think Blackberry should have made the screens slightly larger: 3.0" for the 9900/9930, 3.5" for the 9810, and 4.0" for the 9850/9860, with maybe a slight increase also in resolution.
The reason the 9810 was my favorite was: It felt faster than the 9850/9860, had a bigger screen than the 9900/9930, and I found I could type on its keyboard just as fast as I could on the 9930. It really was the best of both worlds. Plus very intuitive to use. Constantly opening and closing the slider was a bit of a pain, but oh well. If that screen had been 3.5" or larger, I would have bought it on the spot, even if the phone had needed to be a bit larger to accomodate the bigger screen. And for people who say "You want a bigger screen, go for the 9850", my response is that I also want the physical keyboard.
16. James1119 (unregistered)
the person who wrote the performance section didn't realize that BB is for business use, the single core SoC consumes much less battery thus provides much longer time to use.
17. Theawesomest (unregistered)
It's a cool phone I luv it
18. albiooni (unregistered)
I have the torch 9810 ..Has anybody encountered problems to remove the battery..Is there an easy way to remove the battery rather than using objects to pry the battery out.
19. newcollector (unregistered)
Removal of batter is very easy. Just use fingernail on the top edge of battery....you'll feel a little ridge. It lifts up quite easily.
20. xuv500 (unregistered)
Thanks everyone,, am gonna get one fr myself
22. infini9 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I just bought this phone two days ago and I'm loving it. To give this phone the same score as the crappy Impulse is somewhat ridiculous. I think this review is too harsh.
23. Thullraven (Posts: 20; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
This phone is a very good phone. I personally like that it didn\'t change it\'s form from the 9800. I hate all these almost identical slab candy bar phones out there. You can\'t tell one from the other until you read the manufacturer name somewhere on the phone. Yeah, that\'s really styling!! (Not!). Yes, there are other phones \"better\" than this one in some areas, but they usually have tradeoffs. My friend has an HTC EVO, which is amazing. Of course, it\'s completely drained after 2 hours of heavy use. He said my 9810 lasts forever compared to his EVO, which is saying something as I am not impressed with the Torch\'s battery compared to other blackberrys. Samsung has great media phones, but a lot of them have weak signal strength and call quality and don\'t EVEN get me started on the iphone 4 reception and call quality. Anyway, this phone should be rated no less than 8 IMHO.