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Blackberry Torch 9860

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Review

The Blackberry Torch 9860 is RIM’s first attempt at a fully touchscreen controlled phone, following the Torch 9810 and 9800 with strange part keyboard part touchscreen cross breed devices. It will be interesting how Blackberry will fare against the likes of Apple and Android, and whether switching completely to touchscreen technology was a smart move or a failed attempt at trying to reach a larger audience.

Hardware

Yes, RIM may be criticized for following Android and Apple with full-touchscreen technology, but the Torch 9860 still looks and feels just like a Blackberry, and it has done well to not fall down the route of the many devices out there that act like an iPhone clone, imitating its’ shape and colour.

The handset is largely made of plastic, save the back panel which is made of metal, but unlike some devices, the plastic feels sturdy and doesn’t bend if applying pressure. All in all the handset design is impressive, and feels comfortable and sturdy, if a little weighty to hold.

The camera is only 5Megapixels but it also includes a separate flash, and the camera quality isn’t too bad, although not the best phone camera out there, it does its’ job and allows us to capture photos of everyday life nicely.

The 9860 sports a 1.2GHz one core processor, with Blackberry’s creator’s RIM, believing that anything more than a single core really only needs to be used on tablets.

In a way RIM may be right, and the previous iPhone’s haven’t had any issue using a single core, but the occasional slow frame rate does occur on the Torch 9680, especially when switching from vertical to horizontal mode.

The Torch 9860 also comes with 786MB of RAM which is less than some high end devices, but seeing as there aren’t many demanding games or apps on the Blackberry market; it’s unlikely we’ll ever notice any problems with the RAM.

Software

The Blackberry Torch 9680 runs on Blackberry OS 7, which offers a lot more colour and life to the previous operating systems, something we’d be more likely to see on an Android or Apple device.

The friendly icon graphics definitely add a bit of ease to browsing through the handset which is good, but there are still a few areas where the graphics seem pretty dull, something that has always turnt me away from Blackberrys, specifically in adding contacts or accessing files.

It seems some apps and functions on the Blackberry Torch don’t work as well as we’d like them to, they appear as a badly ported version of the non-touchscreen version to a touchscreen supported version, but hopefully we’ll see some software updates for apps to smooth out these problems, on top of that the handset also has an optical track pad like other blackberry devices, and four other buttons, call, end call, menu, and escape.

The keyboard is a bit fiddly, and it’s as if RIM have tried to keep their old keyboard layout for they’ve had on previous keyboard handsets and used it as a basis for the touchscreen keypad.

Other than the touchscreen incompatibilities in the software, looking through menus is nice and slick and there is a fair bit of customization between choosing your favorite apps and their locations on your device’s home screen menus.

It’ll be interesting to see if this device works as any competition for Android and Apple, but at the moment RIM is lagging behind.

The device costs around £350 SIM free, competing against other devices in the mid-high price range.

Contracts

The Blackberry Torch 9860 is availiable on 44 contracts.

Listed below are the 5 cheapest contracts ordered by monthly price (use our Contract Finder to compare contracts and find a contract that suits you at the cheapest possible price):

Phone Minutes Texts Data Price (monthly) Phone Price Contract Length (months) Merchant Benefit Free Gift
BlackBerry Torch 9860 50 250 100 £13.50 £59.99 24
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BlackBerry Torch 9860 50 250 500 £16.50 £59.99 24
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BlackBerry Torch 9860 50 250 100 £18.50 £59.99 18
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BlackBerry Torch 9860 200 Unlimited 100 £18.50 £FREE 24
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BlackBerry Torch 9860 50 250 500 £21.50 £59.99 18
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Rating

1.51/10

444 votes

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Specifications

Design: Device type - Smart phone, OS - BlackBerry OS (7), Form factor - Candybar, Dimensions - 4.72 x 2.44 x 0.45 (120 x 62 x 11.5 mm), Weight - 4.76 oz (135 g).

Display: Size - 3.70 inches, Resolution - 480 x 800, Technology - TFT, Touchscreen - Capacitive / Multi-touch, Features - Light sensor / Proximity sensor.


Battery: Talk Time - 4.70 hours, Stand-by Time - 334 hours, Talk time (3G) - 6.80 hours, Stand-by Time (3G) - 324 hours, Video Call Time - 6.60 hours, Capacity - 1230 mAh.


Hardware: Processor - Single core 1200 MHz QC 8655, Graphics processor -Yes, System Memory - 768 MB RAM, Built-in Storage - 4000 MB (4gig), Storage Expansion Slot Type - microSD / microSDHC, Maximum Card Size - 32 GB.


Camera: Photo Resolution - 5 megapixels, Flash - LED, Features - Auto focus / Image stabilizer / Face detection / Geo-tagging, Video Resolution - 1280x720 (720p HD), Features - Continuous autofocus in a video.


Technology: GSM - 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, UMTS - 800 / 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz, Data - HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s / HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s / UMTS / EDGE, Positioning - GPS.


Connectivity: Bluetooth - 2.1 EDR, Wi-Fi - 802.11 b g n, USB - 2.0, Connector - microUSB, Features - Mass storage device / USB charging / UMA / Computer sync / OTA sync.


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