June 16, 2011
BlackBerry Torch Review
Today We are going to bring you the review of the BlackBerry Torch , So lets go over all its features ,
In a nutshell
The Torch is a groundbreaking phone for BlackBerry, with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and a slide-out keyboard design. The new OS is a definite improvement over the previous version, but won’t alienate existing users. The slide-out keyboard and capacitive touchscreen work very well. The Torch comes with integrated social messaging, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, a media player, excellent connectivity, outstanding battery life and plenty of memory. Its negatives are its chunkiness, its high cost and its slow processor. Available in Black, White or Red.
Despite the new shape, the Torch is very recognisably a BlackBerry, and in some ways looks ever so slightly dated compared with other recent additions to the BlackBerry family. Nevertheless, the new form factor gives it a design edge, and it retains the solid build quality that we’ve come to expect from the company. The solid feel is reflected in the weight of the device, because at 161g it really is a heavy phone, even compared with the Bold 9700. And it’s larger than the Bold too, even before you open the slider. Slide open the keyboard and it dwarfs the iPhone 4, even though the Torch’s screen is smaller.
The media player is well featured and syncs with iTunes or Windows Media Player. The camera is a 5 megapixel device with an LED flash and can record video at VGA resolution. This is really the minimum required at this price point, with HD video becoming standard in high-end phones, but BlackBerry phones have always followed rather than led when it comes to media. The camera is very easy to use however. AGPS is present, together with BlackBerry Maps.
The memory is large, with 512MB RAM plus 4 GB fixed eMMC and a 4 GB media card included. This can be expanded with a microSD card to 32GB. The battery isn’t the highest powered, with a rating of 1300 mAh, which is surprising when you recall how heavy this device is. Yet equally surprisingly, the Torch seems to last for several days between charges, unlike many rival smartphones. On the other hand, the 624MHz processor isn’t as powerful as the 1GHz SnapDragon CPU seen in the HTC Desire, and this can sometimes show. It’s most noticeable when multi-tasking, for example when switching between applications.
When it comes to the user interface, the Torch offers a wide choice of methods. First off is the touchscreen, which is capacitive with pinch and zoom capability, and much easier to use than the Storm’s touchscreen. The screen size is adequate for such a device, but at 3.2 inches and 480 x 360 pixels it looks already to be a year out of date compared with the iPhone 4 or the Samsung Galaxy S. Having said that, it’s bigger than the screen on the BlackBerry Bold 9700. The touchscreen supports both landscape and portrait virtual QWERTY keyboards. There’s also a virtual portrait SureType keyboard. The SureType word recognition software monitors your own personal word use and suggests word completions. And, of course, there’s the physical QWERTY keyboard that will surely be the preferred method of typing, otherwise why choose the Torch in the first place? The keyboard is certainly our preference, although the convenience of the virtual keyboards makes it unnecessary on occasions. We’re also pleased to see the optical trackpad, which has now become standard on all BlackBerries, replacing the irritating old trackball of earlier generations.
Features of BlackBerry Torch include :
- 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus, image stabilisation and 2.5x digital zoom
- Video recording (640 x 480 pixels)
- Display: Touchscreen, 480 x 360 pixels, 65,000 colours, 3.2 inches, user selectable font size
- Media player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMA and other audio formats supported)
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, instant messaging, push email with attachment viewer
- Built-in speakerphone
- Voice dialling
- Voice memo recorder
- MP3 ringtones with LED and on-screen indicators and vibration alert
- GPS with BlackBerry Maps
- Personal organiser functions
- Memory: 512 MB memory plus 2x4GB cards included with support for microSD card up to 32GB
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, USB, RIM wireless modem, 3.5mm stereo headset port
- Internet: Web browser, social media
- Size: 111 x 62 x 14.6 mm (when closed)
- Weight: 161g
- Quadband GSM plus 3G HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE
- Battery: 1300 mAh
- Talktime: 5.5 hours
- Battery standby: 310 – 410 hours
IN SHORT :
BlackBerry Torch is a great phone, but a little overpriced. Right choice for the business men, and a great entertainment phone.