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

Mister Mo's Blackberry Torch 9860 Hands-on

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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:

  • GSM/EDGE/3G/HSDPA
  • 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.

9 comments

  1. ….if Android have a subscription like Blackberry I think Blackberry will be a “gonner” Blackberry is becoming unpopular all over the world. well lets wait for what BB 10 will offer.

  2. Uh zsch my brother, this ain’t that kinda site, lol.

    I did debate getting this phone at one point, but the price put me off. To be honest, the only phone worth looking at and worth the price is the Curve 9320. The rest are overpriced in my opinion for what they offer.

  3. @Mister Mo: Em…exactly what type of pinhole camera did you use for the article picture? Thinking about it a pinhole camera would have produced a better picture. Hmmm…maybe it was not the camera but the photographer? Just in case, sha, my services as an amateur serious photographer are available for hire.

  4. Noni, you are right, the lighting and exposure are poor, so is the composition, why is the phone skewed at that angle cutting off the top and bottom corners? The background could be better , its a black phone, a lighter background would have looked better. Finally, the focus, it could have saved the picture but seems the focal point is on the background not on the phone, that is why you can see the wood pattern but not read the icon names on the phone.
    Em… Mister Mo, i will send my bill for the consultation to your mail.

  5. Jide, LOL. Pinhole, abi? No vex. My HTC One X is temporarilly out of service. All I have with me is a low-end Samsung that I’m managing for now. Its got a low-end 3 megapixel camera with no flash o.

    Till the One X returns from her medical trip, this is what you get :-p

  6. Bill ko, Hilary ni. You guys should get me a temporary phone with a superb camera if you want better quality pics till my One X returns o.

    Oya, offering time!

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