Blackberry Torch 9800

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Blackberry Torch 9800

Blackberry smartphones have long been considered a status symbol in the corporate world, while Apple iPhone, was the choice for the young and socially active market.

Now, as Apple seems to be eyeing the corporate world, Blackberry brings out the Torch 9800, clearly aimed to penetrate Apple’s traditional power base.

For the first time, the Blackberry now has a touchscreen and a keyboard, giving you the best of both worlds. Gone is the previous SurePress compromise featured on earlier Blackberry models. The Blackberry Torch 9800 has a genuine capacitative screen with no clicks required.
The slider reveals a very precise and easy to use full QWERTY keyboard for those of us who are not comfortable utilizing the onscreen keyboard. There is a distinct “clack” to the keys that adds to the rhythm of typing, minimising mistakes.

The Blackberry Torch also features a new operating system, Blackberry 6, which makes the most of the 624 MHz processor. This is the same basic model used on the Pearl 3G model. While some may be disappointed with the relatively slow chipset, Blackberry counters this by focusing on user experience. Other operating systems, such as Android, demand a higher performing chipset, but not Blackberry Torch. When you use the device, you do not feel that it is.

The new Blackberry 6 operating system includes a new Web browser with WebKit rendering that finally makes browsing the Internet on a Blackberry an enjoyable experience. The new Web browser has many fine features, among them tabbed Web browsing, enhanced Web standards support, pinch zoom and auto text zoom. The auto text 200m automatically re-flow the enlarged text, removing the necessity to pan.

Like other smartphones, the Blackberry Torch 9800 has a built-in camera which has been upgraded to 5 mega pixels. The new camera also has a continuous auto focus function, face detection and geotagging.

The camera has a number of different operating modes, such as portrait, party, sports and close-up, which really make a difference to the quality of photos produced. With an image resolution of up to 2592 x 1944 pixels, the photos taken also look good when printed.

However, the video camera recording is only at 640 x 480 pixels resolution and compares badly with, for example, video recording on an Apple iPhone 4.

In summary, the Blackberry Torch 9800 is a welcome addition to the Blackberry range, especially with the dual features of a touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. The upgraded camera takes great photos worthy of printing and overall the smartphone feels solid.


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