Camera:

Well what do you know? There’s nothing different with the camera interface of the Torch 9810! Naturally, most of the layout is reserved for the viewfinder – with some finger-friendly sized buttons lining the bottom edge. Aside from the healthy amount of scene modes available, there is nothing else that’ll entice photo buffs.


So how’s the quality with the 5-megapixel shooter? To tell you the truth, it’s average  Details are on the soft side with outdoor shots, but thankfully they’re passable enough since they don’t appear to be too muddy for our taste. And even though it tends to appear over-exposed at times, we have to applaud it for the distinctive colors it’s able to produce. However, things sour when shooting in areas of low lighting because it’s seriously riddled by some graininess and digital noise. The LED flash is illuminating the environment, but details are lost in the process due to the over-exposed results.




Call it a long time coming, but 720p video capture is seemingly a nice change in scenery with most of RIM’s smartphones. Outdoors, we’re happy to see some nice looking visuals that are captured at the smooth rate of 30 frames per second, but equally as important, continuous auto-focus allows us to shoot without the worry of things being blurred. However, we consistently find that same over-exposed look to our videos. Conversely, there’s a ton of noise found with in videos taken in areas of low lighting. We’re happy to find audio recording crystal clear in every situation either way.

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Multimedia:

At this point in the review, we’re getting a feel that very little has been done visually to OS 7 because the music player is unchanged as well. We do like its smoot looking coverflow-esque presentation, however, it would’ve been intricately useful to find some sort of mini-player, so we do not have to  run the music player to execute any functions. Audio quality through the speaker is decent  with its average volume output.



Victory at last, but the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is able to play up to 720p high definition videos this time around – rather than the diminutive VGA ones from before. Loading videos encoded in MPEG-4, DivX, and XviD 1280 x 720 resolution, it’s able to play them back smoothly without any fluff.


So here’s one of the gripes we have with this “modernized” BlackBerry – it still lacks in the multimedia sharing front! Meaning, it doesn’t offer any sort of DLNA functionality out of the box, but at the same time, it misses out on having any physical connection in the form of a microHDMI port. Sadly, these are some common items that are increasingly becoming typical amongst its rivals – so it’s rather depressing to see the BlackBerry Torch 9810 still missing out on all the fun.

Rather than supplying a microSD card of some size, RIM decided to grace the Torch 9810 with 8GB of internal storage this time – while leaving its microSD card slot unoccupied. Without a doubt, you can supplement it with cards up to 32GB in capacity.

Internet and Connectivity:

Sheesh! Call it a long time in the making, but RIM is finally making some headway in the web browsing department with its new generation handsets. With its predecessor, it finally brought aboard a useable WebKit based web browser, but the experience was marred by some inconsistencies with the reflowing of text and rendering pages when zooming. Of all things, the most recognizable improvement we see is the wickedly responsive navigational controls. Actually, it boasts one of the smoothest experiences we’ve seen on a smartphone thus far with its fluid kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. Unfortunately, it still lacks Flash support.



There’s no arguing about it, but global travelers will take a liking to the BlackBerry Torch 9810 seeing that it’ll work in just about any location across the globe. It’s the  first BlackBerry  on AT&T’s lineup to offer  14.4 Mbit/s HSPA connectivity.  Additionally, it sports the usual set of complementary connectivity items like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Software:

Without a doubt, business and enterprise users will be entertained by the notable features on the Torch 9810, but we find the availability of Document To Go to be especially useful seeing that it offers the ability to create and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. On the other end of the spectrum, other users will adore its continued open embracement of social networking with apps like Facebook and Twitter available – plus, the Social Feeds app adds support to other things like RSS feeds. Moreover, being the AT&T branded device it is, we find the carrier’s presence with apps like AT&T FamilyMap, myAT&T, AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T Navigator, and AT&T Maps. Lastly, it crams quite a few different third party apps that are preloaded as well – such as YPmobile, Fandango, The Weather Channel, and Wikitude.



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