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BlackBerry Torch 9800 review

BlackBerry Torch 9800 review
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BlackBerry Torch 9800 - First to Feature New BlackBerry 6 Combines New Touch Screen Experience with Easy-To-Use Keyboard and Rich WebKit Browser. Addition features includes a 5MP camera, WiFi, GPS, Media Players, and 3.2" 360x480 capacitive touch screen.
Review On : BlackBerry Torch 9800
By Bryan Lim Yong Tiam - Maxis 10 Program
So some of us were given the opportunity to be one of the very first in Malaysia to experience the latest BlackBerry Torch 9800 by Maxis.

The latest one from Research in Motion (RIM), the BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone was announced months ago with much hype and anticipation. It is the first phone from RIM which comes in a slider form factor and features a clear multi-touch display as well as the usual QWERTY keypad which remains hidden under the display until you push it up.
Now since this is an overview of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, I’ll just introduce some of the main features of this smartphone (if you still don’t know).
Honestly, the phone looks big and bulky to me when I first saw it mainly because of the large screen + slide up qwerty keyboard. However once I got used to it, it isn’t really THAT bulky after all. It feels comfortable in hands typing/touching it. Though I’m not fond of the slider because it’s kinda tedious to slide up the screen without accidentally tapping onto the touchscreen (will show you what i meant in the upcoming video).
Phone size:
111mm x 62mm x 14.6mm (slider closed) | 148mm x 62mm x 14.6mm (slider open)
Below is a picture comparing the thickness of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 with the you-know-what-phone-that-is-fully-touchscreen-and-is-always-being-compared-all-the-time hahaha.

On the Software side, it debuts the latest BlackBerry 6 operating system (OS6) which seems to perform very well on the BlackBerry Torch 9800. The BlackBerry Torch also supports a unique navigation scheme. Large icons on the home screen make it easy to navigate to different parts of the phone, and are customizable.
On the hardware side, these are some of the main features to be noted:
  • 3.2″ High resolution touch screen (480x360) | decent screen but still smaller than other potential competitor smartphones
  • Light-sensing and proximity detecting screen | helps save battery by auto-adjusting brightness
  • Full QWERTY keyboard + Optical trackpad | typical BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, nothing unusual
  • 5 megapixel camera | with continuous auto focus, image stabilization & flash
and more… that you could find from those well-known technology specifications website.

If you were contemplating whether you’d be more suited to a smartphone with a touchscreen or a physical keyboard, now this might be the phone for you because it has BOTH!
So is the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 featuring the latest BlackBerry OS6 as cool as it looks?
Top 10 Blackberry Applications
There are already many apps available for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 but here I will show you what are my most frequent used apps (FREE ones) on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 (or whatever BlackBerry phone models).
BlackBerry Messenger : Well of course, which BlackBerry users wouldn’t use this? It is one of the most popular features on the BlackBerry smartphones as it connects to other BlackBerry users anywhere, anytime for instant chatting, sending and receiving photos, etc.. Just like SMS, for FREE! (well, that’s if you have BlackBerry Internet Service in your phone lah)
Capture It : This is one of the on-device screen capture application which is free. You could just access the menu option and capture almost any screen shot or assign it to a convenience key for even easier access. Best screen capture application on the BlackBerry!
Facebook : This application needs no further explanation. It’s a free BlackBerry app to keep your status up-to-date while you’re on the go. You can upload and directly share pictures through the application as well.
Google Maps : This is a great free application which is widely used on the BlackBerry as an alternative to GPS.
Opera Mobile Browser : This is an application which is not just useful but really necessary for any smartphone users with internet access on his/her phone. It gives you great features such as tabbed browsing and many more. However with the BlackBerry OS6, their own built-in mobile browser has already improved a lot and I would say it is better than Opera browser already. So, if you’re on OS6, download this only if you want an alternative to the built-in browser (which is good enough already).
Plug It In : This application helps you manage your phone battery. Using this app you can setup, when you want to be alerted that your battery is low in terms of percentage. Not a must-download, but it’s useful nonetheless.
UberTwitter : Twitter application which supports all Twitter features such as photo integration, embedded videos in tweets, tweet shrinking and URL shortening. Good alternative to the official Twitter for BlackBerry application.
WordPress for BlackBerry : With this application you can write a new post, edit posts, manage comments on self-hosted WordPress blogs. It’s a must-have if you’re always on the go and no time to face the computer. Just blog on the move!
Camera
The BlackBerry Torch 9800 camera features a 5 megapixel camera with a flash embedded. I would have to say that it does shoot good pictures and videos but not great; it does not perform how it is supposed to be as a 5 megapixel camera. However, it is by far the best camera among all the BlackBerry in the market.

It has scene modes function to adjust the camera output accordingly (low light, portrait, landscape, close-up, etc.).
There are options allowing you to play your photos as slideshow, sharing your photos through email or uploading it to Facebook, embedding GPS coordinates into your photos each time they are taken, etc… Pretty much basic requirements for a smartphone camera these days i would say, although the camera does lags once in a while (i’m guessing it’s due to memory load processing).
There are some sample photos taken using the BlackBerry Torch 9800 (without flash):

Well, it does take decent pictures under the condition of decent lighting or outdoor daylight. It gets very grainy and what they usually call it as ‘ISO noise’ when the lighting is not sufficient. Apart from that, take a look at these photos below:

It’s a comparison of two photos taken with the BlackBerry Torch 9800 as well as the iPhone 4. Both phones with 5 megapixel camera, autofocus and flash as well. If only you could see the differences…
The video camera mode does record video (well, obviously) but i wouldn’t say it is a good recording device. The video quality is mediocre-average, lacks advance features such as white balance setting, etc… The video resolution is a turn off, like what… 640x480? Seriously?? If only the BlackBerry Torch had at least a 720p HD video recording capabilities and a better camera processing technology or something, it would be a perfect device already!
Overall, my dissatisfaction on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 camera :
  • Very grainy / high ISO noise
  • Mediocre autofocus (especially for photo taking, video still not bad)
  • Inaccurate colour rendition and less vibrant
  • Inaccurate exposure adjustment (sometimes only, if it’s either too bright or too dark)
Other than that, it would be an awesome camera to have with your BlackBerry Torch 9800 and it is a definite improvement from the other existing BlackBerry smartphones. Good for casual users who doesn’t really mind about the quality, the format, and here and there…
Blackberry OS 6
It had been two weeks since I first got in touch with the BlackBerry Torch 9800 through Maxis10 program and I would say it was an amazing experience. However due to time constrain and constant bombarding of college assignments, I did not manage to find time to do a full featured review and hopefully I would have the chance to continue writing my experience and views about this BlackBerry Torch on this blog. Too bad I didn’t have enough time to really write a better post.
But anyway, here’s a video showing the BlackBerry OS 6 to conclude my two weeks of Maxis10 reviewer program.

Related Article :
BlackBerry Torch 9800 OS6 Review - Maxis 10


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