RIM didn’t see their selves creating a touch device. Here we are in 2011 with the company leaving behind its prior failed attempts to make a touch only smartphone without copying the other competition. The Blackberry Torch 9850 is not a frills touch phone. There are no SurePress displays it just has a regular capacitive screen. The Torch 9850 features a 1.2 GHz CPU, with a 5 megapixel camera, 4GB of built in for storage, and more. The real question is does the Blackberry Torch 9850 stand a chance again the iPhone and Android devices?
The Blackberry Torch 9850 features are closely the same as the fantastic BlackBerry Bold 9900. The Torch 9850 has the 1.2 GHz processor, 3.7 inch touch display screen, 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of built storage. It’s also pretty slim at 11.5 millimeters thin.
The design of the Torch 9850 could have been better, but RIM has countered the most of its sleek styling with noise and distractions. The front of the smartphone is this one big black slab that runs from the top of the phone all the way to the bottom. It’s like this sheet of touch sensitive that has been perfectly stretched over an awesome designed façade with symmetrical curves on the top and bottom. These get interrupted by the hideous hardware buttons that look way out of place. To make matters worse, the buttons don’t perform very well at all. The side and back of this Torch 9850 only gets worse and worse as far as design and style goes. RIM chose to go with a goofy looking plastic chrome look and the only physical buttons are so tiny and almost paper thin. This phone seems to be very cheaply made as far as material wise. The coating used on this Torch 9850 seems to pick up grease and fingerprints pretty easily. So the look of the BlackBerry Torch is not very impressive.
The software on the BlackBerry Torch 9850 hasn’t changed at all. The Torch 9850 sports the outdated OS, the worst App ecosystem and a mind – numbering quirks and issues. The software part has nothing on the iPhone or the Android devices when it comes to software.
The keyboard and battery life are nothing special. The keyboard is a touch screen like most the other phones. The keyboard has said to be one of the worst ever. The battery life is about the same as the other Blackberry’s on the market already.
To answer the question does the BlackBerry Torch 9850 stack up to the iPhone and Android? No it doesn’t, this phone has all outdated features. This smartphone is really a disappointment when you compare it to the other smartphones on the market today.