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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review

BlackBerry Torch 9800

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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review
On our caller's end, they stated that our voice was rather mute in tone with no evidence of static noise in the background, but still distinguishable enough to make out words. However, we were happy to hear normal sounding voices on our end that weren't muddied with any distortion. Sadly, the volume emitted by the earpiece was clearly on the weak side – even when setting the volume to the loudest setting. In addition, it made conversing in noisy environment rather difficult. When switching over to the speakerphone, tones were stronger but muffled sounding. All in all, the calling performance on the Torch was average at best.

During our testing, the handset performed admirably in maintaining a solid connection with no evidence of extreme fluctuations in signal strength in the greater Philadelphia region.

Without a doubt, BlackBerry smartphones in general are known for their supreme battery life – especially when RIM maintains and diverts data so well in the back end. The BlackBerry Torch doesn't disappoint as we were able to easily use the handset for a solid one day on heavy usage – with some juice left over to start the next day. We'd imagine we could have optimized our time by manually setting the brightness level to the lowest setting and closing down any unused apps.


First things first, traditional BlackBerry users will find the Torch 9800 as a worthy device to continue RIM's legacy as it easily maintains all the aspects about BlackBerry with a dash of some new features. RIM's attempt in attracting new users might prove difficult despite boasting a prized form factor and revamped platform that play to the strengths of the everyday consumer. When comparing the Torch 9800 to some of the big guns in the mobile world right now, such as the HTC EVO 4G, iPhone 4, Motorola DROID 2, it is difficult to fathom for someone to jump with the Torch – even more when all are priced accordingly at $199.99 on-contract. From a hardware perspective, it painfully cringes in the presence of some high-powered devices sporting 1GHz processors, high-resolution displays, and industrial designs that exhibit quality form. But digging around deeper into BlackBerry OS 6 also doesn't boast a level of confidence in attracting non-BlackBerry users since opposing platforms substantially place a lot of emphasis on presentation and integration. Sure there is finally social networking integration with the platform, but it's only getting into that space right now. In closing, the BlackBerry Torch 9800 is able to keep that fire going for RIM, but until they get serious about getting the platform into the same league as its competitors, that fire might someday become extinguished.

RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 Video Review:


  • Responsive QWERTY
  • Decent battery life


  • Issues with rendering some web pages
  • Still outdated looking interface
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

blackberry has to do something to bridge the cap between them and the "big boys" like apple and android. the design is good, but for a former blackberry user like me, it doesnt sway me back. the keyboard reminds me of the palm pre when it comes to texting because it has little space to press the buttons although the touchscreen buttons are an improvement. the OS6 looks good, but still....nothing like froyo 2.2 or iOS4. blackberry still has the hearts and minds of business across the country, but it needs to attract the general public or it wont go anywhere

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 12:21

2. paynekiller (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 May 2010)

well, its a blackberry, only thing they might update slightly is BBM.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 23:25

3. Alvicious (unregistered)

What is this the new Palm Pre Plus (+)

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 12:52

4. heyhey (unregistered)

How did "supreme battery life" in the review turn into "decent battery life" in the Pros? Also, I'd have thought the mediocre call quality would be a much bigger con than "outdated looking interface"?? Or does making calls not matter all of a sudden after iPhone4?

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 23:09

5. AM0795 (unregistered)

Really? How does this get a 9 and the droid 2 get an 8.5? It has a better screen, keyboard, software, hardware?

posted on 12 Sep 2010, 07:52

8. paynekiller (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 May 2010)

It shows me a 8

posted on 18 Aug 2010, 10:38

6. narley21 (unregistered)

I feel bad for BB. i give it five years and they're irrelevant. Pull your heads out guys. cant ride the government for the reset of your wireless lives.

posted on 12 Sep 2010, 07:49

7. paynekiller (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 May 2010)

When will RIM ever learn. But I don't feel bad for them tho, I feel bad for the people that religiously believe Blackberry is the best phone out there. It annoys me, because they constantly ask me "You have a BB, you need to get one!" Hellll NO! Not when I have my EVO which is lightyears ahead of all the garbage RIM puts out.

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 17:35

9. Phone pro (unregistered)

Ye have little faith lol.  Blackberry are gonna bring in the UI which is used in there new tablet. This is gonna be a really good move. Blackberry is already a perfect phone. Ok it doesn't let you control your house or see what the weather looks like in 10 different countries (oh no it does! Just not like HTC say). It's function is a phone and staying in contact with the people you wanna keep in contact with. Everything's just there, right in front of you. I had the bold 9000 and iPhone 4. I found that I used and enjoyed my blackberry much more. Yes it had a million problems (ie battery life, Internet, processor)but it done everything so perfect and felt like a real computer in your hands. Admittedly I did sell it and kept my iPhone but only cos the software was just to old to keep up with current times so I agree that it needed this new update and I hope the torch (os6) is what they needed. I am getting the torch as it's the phone that can keep me in contact instead of a phone you play with. I hope blackberry keeps doing things how they have been and i hope they concentrate on making the features like the Internet and all round speeds flawless. I also hope they don't listen to people who say they need to be like iPhone and android as soon everyones gonna be saying (well it's happening right now) these platforms are not that great after all.

posted on 30 May 2011, 09:13

10. sam (unregistered)

it's a blackberry- so it will most likely be great
the only down side is the slow browser. so doesn't compare to the iphone4 and android phones

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 08:24

11. deepak arya (unregistered)

I am planning to buy torch, but still unable to decide between i4 or torch.. which one is best option to go with..

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 02:04

12. shaheen7x2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Hi guys,
i bought Blackberry Torch.. totally impressd on the feautrs.. and its performance.... i had choosen ths model mainly for Internet purpose and am havng great Satisfaction...Multitasking ..jzz wow really a powerfull phone.. Battery life too good..
got lots of Apllications nd lots of stuff frm Blackberry Market.. both free and paid are available ther, anyway thankz to Blackberry ammm Happy to hav a fo lik this.

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Display3.2 inches, 360 x 480 pixels (188 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
624 MHz
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.37 x 2.44 x 0.57 inches
(111 x 62 x 14.6 mm)
5.68 oz  (161 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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