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Review: BlackBerry Torch 9850

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The 9850 easily trounces the 9900/9930 when it comes to picture quality. Though the device captures the same number of megapixels, the added focusing features make a huge improvement in the end results. Most images were sharper and less grainy in comparison to RIM's other 'berries. This was most noticeable when I blew the images up on my large PC monitor. Pictures showed excellent color representation, good white balance control, and accurate exposure.

Are the images worth sharing? Sure, via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, etc. You still won't be able to blow them up to wall-sized posters, but they serve well enough for capturing everyday events.

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The Torch 9850 shoots video at a maximum resolution of 720p HD. I was pleased with the video results from the 9850: Most videos were sharply in focus, even when panning quickly between subjects; It avoided the jitters that sometimes appear when sharpness is over-done; Colors looked bright and natural; and there was very little grain. Sharing options for video aren't as great as on other devices (no HDMI, for example), but you can easily upload to YouTube and so on.

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