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Review: BlackBerry Torch 9850

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Pressing the send key opens the phone application and defaults to whichever of the three main phone app functions was used most recently (software dialpad, call log, contacts). The software dialpad is enormous and easy to use for dialing numbers. The call log performs exactly the same on the 9850 as it did on the 9900/9930. Calls can be highlighted by tapping them, and then the press-and-hold gesture (or pressing the BlackBerry button) pulls up the large list of options.

With a call in progress, the options presented are similar to what is seen on other touch devices, including quick access to the speakerphone, mute switch, and so on.

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On the 9900/9930, the Universal Search function lets you start typing a name from the home screen and jump directly to that person's contact data. Since there is no physical QWERTY keyboard on the Torch 9850, this search function is reserved for the contact application itself. Pecking out a contact's name in the search bar does the trick just fine, but it takes one more step than on the 9900/9930. The app itself stores tons of data, and integrates with Facebook data nicely. There's some nice color in the app, as well as the ability to use photo IDs, etc.

The calling and contact apps are amazingly useful, and work together seamlessly as one in order to make interacting with calls and contacts as painless and easy as possible.

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