Product Type: Blackberry Smartphone
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Blackberry Torch 9800
Member Name: cr41g
Blackberry Torch 9800
Advantages: Clear display; easy to use; good for business; looks very stylish
Disadvantages: Build a little flimsy; bulky in size; browser can be slow
I have had my Torch for about 4 months now, as a company provided phone. Day to day use is emails, calls and texts.
The design of the phone is very slick, with the sliding handset uncovering a qwerty keyboard, which can be used rather than the touchscreen. For me the touchscreen can sometimes be a little unresponsive and the keys on the screen can be a little small. Not great if you want to text quickly.
The screen is very bright and clear and easy to read and operate. Layout of the phone is very simple, with large icons showing all the required shortcuts such as mail, browser, messages, etc. It is very easy to navigate your way around the phone.
The internet browser can sometimes be a little slow and temperamental. When trying to pinch and zoom, the phone may not respond as it still loading up the webpage, which at times can take a while. Using the browser linked to a Wi-Fi network does help this, but in my opinion it isn't as quick as other phones out there.
The camera is 5 megapixel with flash and auto-focus, providing very crisp photos. However, the camera does not have a zoom function which is a bit of a let down. The video camera also provides good quality videos, both in picture and sound.
I felt that the overall build quality of the phone was a little flimsy, so I have recently bought a protective cover to help. The plastic back to the phone tends to creak a little when using both the touchscreen or qwerty keyboard and it does not withstand the odd bash very well! The handset does however feel quite bulky which may or may not be a good thing for some people.
As a business phone it is excellent - emails are easy to set up and are delivered to the phone very quickly after the actual email inbox on my desktop.
Overall I do very much like this phone and would recommend it. There are some slight flaws to it but nothing that would put me off having another one.
Summary: A very good phone that has some flaws, but highly recommended