Interface:

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 .



Functionality:

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.



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