Review: BlackBerry Torch 9850
The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a really solid smartphone. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it fills a glaring gap in RIM's device lineup. (It's a wholly different animal from the Storm/Storm 2 and much better than both of RIM's previous touch phones.)
The 9850 is well-made, looks attractive, and all the aspects of the hardware function as they are meant to. Signal performance was a bit iffy, and that led to mixed results concerning call quality. Data speeds, however, were reasonably good. Battery life was decent for a touch phone, though some BlackBerry faithful may be shocked at the less-than-three-weeks of time between charges.
The messaging components are all locked into place and are as robust as any other BlackBerry; email, SMS, IM, Twitter, Facebook are all ably conquered. The media prowess of the 9850 is an improvement over other BB7 devices thanks to the larger screen and improved camera.
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The only real niggle I have with the 9850 is the crummy software keyboard. I found it to be unusable, and that could be a deal-breaker for those who have an addiction to messaging.
In the end, however, there's little to complain about. RIM has done a good job at bringing BlackBerry 7 to life in a classy and capable smartphone. I can easily see the Torch warming the hearts of BlackBerry fans.
Video Tour: BlackBerry Torch 9850
Here is a quick look at the Research In Motion BlackBerry Torch 9850 for Sprint. It offers the latest system software from RIM in addition to svelte good looks.
NXP Sues RIM Over Patents, Wants Triple Damages
Research In Motion was hit with a lawsuit by NXP, which alleges that RIM's BlackBerry Torch, Curve, and Bold smartphones infringe on six of its patents. NXP wants sales of the devices halted, and compensatory and triple damages.
Sprint Launching BlackBerry 9930 and 9850 on Aug. 21
Sprint today announced that it will release both the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850 starting Sunday, August 21. The 9930 will cost $249.99 with a new two-year contract, and the 9850 will cost $149.99 with a new two-year contract after a $50 rebate.
Sprint Confirms It Will Sell BlackBerry 9930 and 9850
Sprint today announced that it will sell variants of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850 later this fall. Pricing and the exact availability were not disclosed.
RIM Dinged with Bluetooth-Related Patent Suit
Wi-LAN has filed a lawsuit against Research In Motion alleging that the BlackBerry maker is infringing on a single patent related to Bluetooth technology. Wi-LAN says a number of RIM's smartphones, such as the Bold, Pearl, Storm, and Torch, infringe on the patent.