I had a very brief time to play with a BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone this weekend. The 9860 is a full touchscreen Berry. Despite the fact that I am not a fan of full touchscreen berries, I found the 9860 a captivating device. I has got really solid hardware that oozes quality, a 3.7-inch display (480 x 800 pixels) that is very responsive and runs BlackBerry OS 7. Other features include:
- Single-core 1.2GHz QC8655 processor
- 768MB RAM
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and a LED flash, plus HD video recording, 720p@30fps
- 2.5GB of inbuilt storage
- microSD card slot
- DivX and Xvid video support
- Office document editor
- 1230 mAh Li-Ion battery
I still found the onscreen keyboard cramped to use, but I will just chalk that up to personal preference. The 5 megapixel camera takes good pictures. Setting up the 9860 involves the same process as any other Blackberry out there. It provides same functionality too.
I particularly enjoyed the feel of a well made device that I got from handling it. The metal battery cover certainly added to that feel. BlackBerry OS 7 also ran smoothly on this Torch all through my time with it. It is a beautiful marriage of hardware and software. I do wonder why an all-touchscreen device has been classified as a Torch. The impression I had was that the Torch tag was for QWERTY sliders. Oh, well.
My time with the Torch 9860 was rather brief, but I am looking forward to some more time with it and maybe a few other useful information about this Berry.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.