Review: BlackBerry 9800 Torch
The Torch's screen measures 3.2 inches and offers a measly 360 x 480 pixels. It's certainly not a bad display, but after using high-resolution displays from RIM's competitors, it is hard to be excited about 360 x 480. Most icons, menus, and images look decent. Some rough pixel edges are visible here and there, but they are by no means horrible to behold. Even small text is easy enough to read. As far as brightness goes, the display is easy to read indoors and outdoor visibility was surprisingly good. Reading emails, browsing the web, using the camera, sorting through menus was no problem at all under a bright, summer sun.
The Torch performed well in signal tests. It consistently held onto one or two more bars than other AT&T handsets tested in the same spot. It survived a trip to my basement with no problems, as well as a trip into NYC and other areas around northern New Jersey. The Torch rarely dropped below three bars in the signal indicator, with it most often showing four or five. How does that translate to real-world performance? Favorably. I experienced no dropped calls, no missed calls, and data sessions were consistent. BlackBerry devices generally do well with signal performance and the Torch is no different.
Sound was disappointingly inconsistent on the Torch. Call quality ranged all over, from bad to good. Some calls were crystal clear, others were horribly noisy and cut in and out. Earpiece volume was sufficient for most normal environments. I was easily able to hear a caller while sitting near a loud air conditioner, and while sitting in a busy coffee shop. Car noise shouldn't be cause for concern. The speakerphone was just shy of loud enough. Even with the volume set all the way up, it was a bit quieter than I wanted it to be. The sound quality issues mixed with the almost-there volume force me to suggest you seek alternatives for the speakerphone if you have them available.
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RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is obsessed with battery life. That's one reason why BlackBerries traditionally perform well when it comes to holding onto a charge. In my tests, the Torch proves once again how Lazardis' devotion to power management pays off. The Torch easily lasted though an entire day with email, Twitter, and Facebook pinging it every few seconds. Phone calls didn't seem to dent battery life too much, nor did browsing the web. I was able to kill off a full charge in just over 31 hours. That was with heavy use. Those who use the Torch more sparingly — and leave out the social networking — might see two full business days of use.
Aug 3, 2011
AT&T and Research In Motion today announced three upcoming 4G handsets that will be added to AT&T's smartphone lineup over the course of the next few months. First is the BlackBerry Torch 9810, an update to last year's 9800.
Dec 11, 2012
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.
Mar 28, 2012
A company called Graphics Properties Holdings recently filed a lawsuit against Apple, HTC, LG, RIM, Samsung, and Sony, alleging that the companies' products violate its intellectual property. Specifically, the lawsuit covers a patent pertaining to how mobile devices process data and text into pixels on a display.
Apr 3, 2012
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.
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