BlackBerry - Torch 9800 Mobile Phone - Black (AT&T)
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- Phone StyleSlide phone
- Battery TypeLithium
- Touch ScreenYes
- Device ManufacturerBlackBerry
- Product LineTorch
- Product Model9800
- LCD ScreenYes
Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 123 reviews(123 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Blackberry is underrated!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have owned a blackberry pearl, Iphone 3G, Iphone 3GS, Motorola Q, Palm pre plus, Motorola droid, Droid X, and many other phones but these phones come the closet in comparison to the Blackberry Torch. When I decided to switch from the Palm pre plus to either an Iphone 4 or the Blackberry Torch I was really torn. They are both really nice devices! Being a big lover of apple products I really thought I would walk out of the store with the Iphone 4. So what happened? Well to begin with I did not like the boxy shape of the Iphone 4. I read reviews and talked to some friends who owned the 4 and they all had problems with dropped calls which they assured me was easily fixed if I put a cover on the phone. But putting a cover on the phone made it look even more boxy and completely hid its stylish exterior! I really don't like or need cases on my phone as I carry them in my purse and am very careful with my electronics. When I had an Iphone I enjoyed the apps but they weren't essential. Receiving and sending emails, web browsing, texting, making phone calls, and keeping track of appointments, is what I need for my smart phone to do well. I have now had the BB Torch for a few weeks and I am very happy with my decision. I feel sophisticated with this phone whereas when I owned an Iphone I felt like I was carrying around a glorified toy. The Torch slides out smoothly and clicks satisfyingly in place, the keyboard is easy to type on and the most accurate and fast keyboard I have experienced on all the phones I have owned. The browser is slower than the Iphones but still very usable. I loaded some music up on it and the sound quality is great. I synced all my accounts with it 3 email and facebook and everything works flawless. I put in dates of appointments that are important such as plane information, birthday parties, concerts and invite my spouse, when he accepts the date it is automatically added to his calendar on his Torch so he never over books himself. There is so many things this phone can do and its performance really exceeds my expectations. I think some of the negative reviews I have read must have been written before BB sent out updates. Buying this months after its release most of the glitches have been worked out. A really HUGE deciding factor for me was the fact that I had two insurance options. 1. Buy from AT&T for $4.99 a month which covered damage, loss, and theft with $125.00 deductible. This is the best option for people who tend to misplace there phone or have gotten their phone stolen before, however when you cash in on the insurance your paying $125.00 dollars, dealing with a loaner phone for a week, and receiving a REFURBISHED phone. The second option is what I went for its a really great deal 2. Purchase black tie protection from best buy for $9.99 a month and if you spill, smash, drop, ruin your phone in ANY way bring it in and best buy will give you a same day BRAND NEW blackberry torch from the shelf. It gets even better the DEDUCTIBLE is $0.00!!!!!!! To be fair Iphone has this option with Best Buy as well but its $15.00 a month and even though its only 5 extra dollars it seemed excessive! To sum this long review up I love my Torch! I think I would have been happy with the Iphone 4 as well but it wouldn't have felt like such a productive, useful, and stylish "grownup" gadget. The Torch is an adult phone not good for younger people, the solid feel, the easy grip back, the ease of use... wow great phone!. I wouldn't be surprised if buyers do what I did when I bought this phone.... return a day later and buy one for their spouse!
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Great UI, weak mechanicallyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I just bought the BB Torch 9800 and love the new UI of OS6! I'm not so pleased with the mechanical integrity, however. I find the top piece (on which the screen is embedded) wiggles a lot, whether it is in the open or closed position. In fact, it wiggles so much that when I type on the touch-screen itself (when the keyboard is in the hidden position), the two pieces touch each-other which results in a clicking sound. This clicking sound also occurs when the phone is in the open position (when the physical keyboard is visible) and I click on the trackpad, or any of the 4 other buttons near it. It bothered me so much I took the phone back to the AT&T store and asked them if it was normal, to which they responded (and demonstrated) that all of their BB Torches acted that way. Overall, I'm very happy with the form factor and performance, but to me there is no doubt this is a beta slider phone for BB (the sliding function is just not as graceful/perfect as I hoped-for from this long anticipated device). Hopefully in the near future RIM will improve on this apparent design flaw. The phone itself is relatively quick (at 512Mb's of RAM) and the camera (5Mp) functions really well with some great additions (like image stabilization, facial recognition, and special lighting settings)! The universal search is probably my favorite feature, though I wish it let me search for apps as well (like iOS). Contacts have been updated nicely, with the most recent activity being displayed below each contact (a lesson taken from the Android OS). Due to the touch-screen interface, I find I don't really need to have some icons I've always had displayed on my home screen (like the calendar), which is really nice. I don't really use the music player much (I carry an iPhone as well), but all media functionality (including browsing photos) have been beautifully updated with great integration features, including a wireless music sync function. One thing I really love about this device is the battery seems to last forever (I love to make-fun of my friend who has an EVO &carries a spare battery in his pocket ;-))! I can use the phone for hours and in some cases, the phone's battery life will last two whole days (if I turn-off the phone at night). Lastly, RIM's OS6 offers many ways to access different phone functions and options, which I feel will help very much in attracting a more mainstream user (not to mention the simplicity of the Social Feeds app, which capitalizes on the often overlooked social network which is BBM). All-in-all, if you love you're a dedicated BB user I recommend this device, and also recommend keeping your expectations in-check, as this device IS amazing but will likely keep you asking yourself why RIM didn't perfect the design or include a faster processor (or a front-facing camera!). Hopefully the acquisition of TAT (announced this morning: http://naor.in/fpK1cj) will improve on the UI's lag and will enable for RIM to finally build the products it is capable of creating. Happy Torching!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best Business Phone in MarketPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was to buy a BB Bold for dealing with my more than 5 email accounts, but when I went into Best Buy, I fell in love with Torch at the first glance. Its looks are striking, and when you hold the real one in your hand, you can feel the solid build. Further more about the hardware, I would definitely turn Torch down if RIM hadn't kept the physical keyboard and tracking button on board together with the touch screen, people like me who reply emails using their handsets all the time can tell you how uncomfortable on-screen virtual keyboards are and something even more frustrating, say, locating a typo among tiny characters using touch screen other than a tracking button. On the other hand, the touch screen on Torch has absolutely brought BB to a new level, I love the functionality such as pinch-zoom when using the browser. I've read a review after I bought Torch, saying that RIM had lost its focus packing touch screen, physical keyboard and tracking button together into one phone and this would drive both old fans and new users away. I think the writer is a moron. So much for the physical appearance and layout, let's go have the "meat". As I said I put email function on the top of list, Torch satisfies me more than I expected. I set up my email accounts from hotmail, gmail, godaddy and other providers in no time cause what I did was only inputting email addresses and passwords then Torch and RIM back-end servers did the rest for me without asking stupid questions like "the SMTP server name is?" Thanks to RIM's back-end servers again, the famous "push email" works amazingly, Torch receives my emails far quicker than Outlook on my laptop which is set up to check emails every 10 minutes. But if you think Torch is only an email machine, you are wrong. Torch is a PHONE, literally. The call quality is the best among phones I've ever used. The voice is clear and clean almost all the time that I think RIM must have implemented some noise control mechanism on Torch. Speaking of voice quality, Torch's media player impressed me more than its call quality. When I tried my MP3 songs on my car stereo, Torch beat heck out of my old Toshiba Gigabeat dedicated music player. As to OS part, BlackBerry OS 6 running on Torch is now competitive to iPhone OS and Android. One thing disappoints me is BB OS 6 hasn't supported Adobe Flash yet, so it's beaten by Android in terms of web experience. Considering it's a fight against 2 software giants, RIM has done not bad at all, but still, RIM needs to strengthen its software power and it's a long way to go. For apps, it's true that BB has significantly fewer than iPhone and Android, that's another software weakness of RIM. But to my point of view, as a business user, "more than necessary" is not necessary, and BB is considered a safer system than iPhone and Android because there are too many junk and malicious apps out there for the latter 2. At last, back to the physical, I think the only design flaw of Torch is its battery door. After a couple of times open and close, it starts to loose. Why can't BB have a metal battery door and a more secure latch like HTC phones do?
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
In love with my Torch!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I'll admit it... I am one of those geeks who writes reviews on the Internet. I've had a lot of cell phones -- Windows, Palm, BlackBerry, Siemens, you name it. Have had the Torch for about a month now, and it is my absolute favorite. Yes, there IS a learning curve -- because it does SO much that you keep finding new, great things that it can do. Like multi-task! Once you're over the learning curve, however, you will find yourself flying around this phone, it is that user-friendly. While the specs may not be on par with the Androids or the iPhones, you may just find that they don't really have to be. Camera takes excellent pictures and video -- my friends and family have been extremely impressed. Phone quality is great. Browser is 1,000 times improved over my Bold 9700. It's got all I have been looking for in a phone, and believe me -- I've looked far and wide!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Business PhonePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I ended replacing my blackberry 8900 curve with this new blackberry 9800. At first I alomst went with an android phone to be specific with the aria from HTC. After some research a week before the torch came out I decided to give it a try and I got it on launch day and I have no regrets. Its very responsive to touch and very customizable when comparing to other blackberry's. This is my third blackberry and after owning two curves I have to say that the Torch is by far the best blackberry Phone in the market.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
best of both worldsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I like the query keyboard. The Tourch has a bunch of apps and functions. After 2 weeks I am still learning how to use the phone but I am very happy with it as compared to the Samsung Mythic I had before. Most of the issues I have with the Tourch are service related (ATT). Battery life is good being a touch screen phone, again better than I had before. This is my first Blackberry and it feels well built and solid.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love this PhonePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am so glad I waited to upgrade my phone. I had a Iphone, an Android and Blackberry before. The Torch is the Best of All worlds. I wouldn't even consider another phone after having this one. Blackberry took the best features of all the phone and put them in one device. You will not be disappointed. RIM is back in the game. The New operating system is flawless...right out of the gate. The time they took getting this phone right before pushing it out (like the Iphone 4) was well worth the wait. Just buy this phone; is smaller, more efficient, all with a full keyboard and a battery that goes on forever. Go Blackberry!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Smart Phone - RIM's best everPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I moved back to BlackBerry after using the IPhone for a year. The Iphone is great for viewing and looking at content. It is not pratical for content creation and the phone on the IPhone is poor, with poor battery life. I found myself carring a dumb Razor phone for my business cell phone, great reseption, long battery life, and the IPhone for email and internet access. Now I only have one device again, the Tourch meets all my needs. Although I do miss all the applications, so Blackberry will need to step up in this area... more for games for the kids. net net . Touch is a big step forward for Blackberry. It fells and acts like a enterprise device, not a consumer device. Great reception, battery life and the key board is much better than the Iphone touch screen.