Review: BlackBerry 9800 Torch
With a 5-megapixel camera and flash, you might be fooled into thinking that the Torch has a good camera. You'd be mostly right. The Torch handles aspects such as white balance, color representation, and exposure as well as any other cameraphone. Images had vibrant and rich colors, and the Torch appropriately accounted to whatever type of lighting was available. It had some problems here and there, with whites being blown out a few times, but mostly it did OK. The real problem, in my book, is the presence of grain. Even those images which appear to be perfectly in focus in well-lit areas had grain or some digital noise. This is a shame, as it really holds the Torch back a bit.
Still, my guess is the average user will be mostly pleased with the Torch's photo capabilities. More advanced users will have better results if they make use of the extensive shooting modes, and take care to use the flash appropriately. I would have no qualms about sharing photos captured with the Torch via email, Facebook, Flickr, etc.
As with the pictures, color, exposure, and white balance is pretty much spot-on with the Torch's video capturing capability. The one bummer is that motion isn't smooth. You'll notice that as I pan back and forth (slowly, I might ad), there's some herky-jerky stuttering. Other than that, the Torch did a fairly good job. It even reacted well to a drastic change in light. The videos captured with the Torch will certainly be Facebook and maybe even YouTube worthy.
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.
Aug 3, 2010
The new BlackBerry Torch, expected to be revealed today at an event with co-sponsor AT&T, has been revealed on an AT&T Web site. The upcoming phone will be a QWERTY slider with a 3.2-inch, HVGA touchscreen display and an optical trackpad.
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.
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.
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.