Today we’re featuring a guest post by Aliza Johnson. Enjoy!
The most novel feature of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 is the absence of the slide out qwerty keyboard familiar from the old 9800 model. The 9860 marks the attempt by RIM to transition to full touch screen control for the BlackBerry. Given the increasing popularity of touch screen phones it was to be expected that BlackBerry would attempt to enter the market by launching a touch screen device of their own , and it is safe to say that their efforts were an unqualified success
The 9860 also carries an improved version of the BlackBerry 7 operating system also carried by the BlackBerry Bold 9900. However unlike the Bold, the Torch features a large 3.7 inch Liquid Graphics touch screen that produces a bold, colorful display, and on which all of the many supported video formats look good and play well. And like other versions of the BlackBerry this one is designed to for easy use with social networks and messaging services, whether it be SMS, email, BlackBerry Messaging, Facebook or Twitter.
Although the operating system may seem slightly out of date when compared with the iPhone or other handsets such as the HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S2, the Torch is ideal for users who do a lot of messaging and texting.
The Torch handset has a quality feel and sleek appearance with a body design immediately recognizable as a BlackBerry, including the physical hand controls at the bottom and the Micro-USB port. The body itself is a fairly large one: 120 x 62 x 11.5mm. The size is not big enough too make the phone unwieldy, but just right to accommodate a decent sized display screen and buttons that can be comfortable handled. With a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, the generously proportioned touch screen is about par with what you could expect to find in most Android and Windows & phones, and is approximately the same size as the screen in the HTC Desire S. The touchscreen gives excellent visibility even in broad daylight, and is almost too noticeable at night.
The hardware components of the Torch 9860 don’t sound very impressive to the 21st century phone maven ; 1.2GHz processor, 768 MB RAM , and 4GB internal memory expandable with the use of a microSD card. Nevertheless the Torch 9860 does all of its jobs quite well, because that hardware is under the control of the very efficient and well designed software that RIM has been perfecting since the first BlackBerry mobile phone, and which exists today in the BlackBerry OS 7 mentioned previously.
Aliza Johnson writes for various tech publications around the internet, giving her opinion on different mobile phones and gadgets available to the general public.
- BlackBerry Torch 9850 and 9860: 5 things you should know (blogs.blackberry.com)
- RIM launches BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook (mobigyaan.com)
- T-Mobile Pushing BlackBerry 7.1 to Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 (phonescoop.com)