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BlackBerry Torch 9800 Review – Price Comparison and Pros/Cons

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If you take a brief look at Amazon’s best seller list for unlocked smartphones, you’ll be surprised to see how many BlackBerry devices are in top 10. Insanely affordable and particularly designed for the user interested in simplicity and speedy communication methods, BlackBerry devices have evolved a market of their own, where although app entertainment isn’t the norm, they stand out as great pieces of technology with very appealing features.

Like most BlackBerry devices, Torch 9800 isn’t one of the simple handsets that can stand a comparison against an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy. But that’s because these affordable handsets have particular traits, no other brand in the market delivers. While not as popular and fun to use as an iPhone, you’re going to be surprised by the huge number of execs and business people who use a BlackBerry and are satisfied with it.

Thrown upon for not offering as many apps or a big touchscreen as the iPhone, BlackBerry went to a few changes meant to make it more appealing to users looking for more entertainment out of their phone. BlackBerry Torch 9800 tries to deliver just that, offering touchscreen control and keeping the QWERTY keyboard too, but out of sight. With Torch 9800, Research in Motion made an attempt to stay in line with the smartphone market, while keeping the great assets that made this brand so appreciated by business people.

  • Full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 3.2-inch touchscreen
  • Affordable and really practical for international travelers
  • Great integration of social-networking
  • Battery life: 432 hours in stand-by (2G), 336 hours (3G); 5 hours 30 minutes (2G), 5 hours 40 minutes (3G) in talk time and up to 30 hours of music play
  • Feels too bulky for a business-class smartphone
  • Slide-out keyboard is a bit small
  • Still not great for media and poor app selection
  • Browser still not as fast as iPhone 4’s

BlackBerry Torch 9800 is 4.4 x 2.4 x .6 inches, weighs 5.7ounces and features a black and silver design, which looks premium although it’s made of plastic. The full QWERTY keyboard is there too, although it is hidden under a 3.2 inch touchscreen that although feels different than the click-screen of the BlackBerry Storm it won’t deliver sharper text.

The handset features Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSPA 3.6 for Internet so connections are limited to 1.5 megabits/sec download. Voice quality is good, although the earpiece and speakerphone might feel a bit loud, but it’s not disturbing since there is no noise cancellation in the microphone.

Like the rest of BlackBerry devices, Torch 9800 remains a very affordable device that delivers premium features for the user interested in excellent voice quality, saving money with calls when traveling internationally, sturdy GPS and maps features.

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