RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review
Listening to our callers through the earpiece, we’re glad to say that voices have a neutral, yet distinctive tone to them with its accompanying ample volume. However, our callers can’t say the same thing since voices have a robotic tone on their end of the line. Moreover, we’re not convinced with the sounds produced by the handset’s speakerphone - we’re able to comprehend most words that are uttered but voices are more muffled in tone .
Signal strength appears to be solid with the BlackBerry Torch 9810 since it’s able to put up a healthy set of bars in high coverage areas within the greater Philadelphia region during our testing.
Not surprisingly, BlackBerry smartphones are heavily known far and wide for offering stellar battery life thanks to their optimization and push support. And rightfully so, the Torch 9810 continues the streak with its better than average results. In our testing, we got 8.3 hours of continuous talk time out of a full charge, which is better than the 5.9 hours rated by the manufacturer. Furthermore, we’re pleased with its everyday performance seeing that it’s able to last a solid one day of heavy usage that consists of plenty of web surfing, emailing, texting, and the occasional phone call.
In all honesty, this is exactly what the original model should’ve been like from the beginning.
In an age of dual-cores, the 1.2GHz single-core CPU of the Torch 9810 isn’t quite as captivating, and combining the fact that it recycles the original’s design in every way, it lacks any WOW factor. Besides the faster performance of OS 7 that we’re seeing, there’s nothing dramatically different or new to warrant existing Torch 9800 owners to make the jump. Unfortunately, BlackBerry Torch 9810 is a device that’s already behind the curve from day one.
Software version of the reviewed unit:
BlackBerry OS version: v184.108.40.2061
RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review:
- Much more responsive platform experience
- Vastly superior web browsing performance
- Recycled design
- Not enough new features with OS 7
- Outdated right from the start
1. frustyak posted on 16 Aug 2011, 10:34 4
If the iPhone 5 looked exactly like the iPhone 4, will PhoneArena give it a con for 'Recycled design'?
12. MySchizoBuddy (unregistered) posted on 23 Aug 2011, 13:10 1
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 posted on 29 Aug 2011, 11:03 3
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 posted on 12 Oct 2011, 17:03 0
The order is Iphone, Iphone 3G, Iphone 3GS, Iphone 4, Iphone 4S
2. WirelessCon posted on 16 Aug 2011, 10:53 0
This phone is still going to sell quite well. Even the previous version still sells.
3. matistight posted on 16 Aug 2011, 15:08 0
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 posted on 17 Aug 2011, 06:51 0
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 posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:43 1
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 posted on 18 Aug 2011, 18:54 0
This phone is not gonna sell well. It's the exact same thing as its predecessor!
9. exia13 (unregistered) posted on 18 Aug 2011, 22:39 0
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 posted on 19 Aug 2011, 00:50 0
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) posted on 22 Aug 2011, 20:29 0
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 posted on 24 Aug 2011, 17:27 0
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) posted on 13 Sep 2011, 20:01 1
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) posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:45 0
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) posted on 25 Sep 2011, 14:19 0
It's a cool phone I luv it
18. albiooni (unregistered) posted on 02 Oct 2011, 06:28 0
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) posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:13 0
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) posted on 12 Oct 2011, 12:35 0
Thanks everyone,, am gonna get one fr myself
22. infini9 posted on 18 Oct 2011, 19:25 0
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 posted on 14 Nov 2011, 19:12 0
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.