A comfortable mid-point between touchscreen and keyboard.
When I think of using a BlackBerry smartphone, the only thing that comes to mind is how good the keyboard feels. Having a touch based BlackBerry feels as alien a concept to me as having a physical keyboard on an iPhone. Still, being an iPhone 4 owner, I cannot deny the ease of use that comes with a touchscreen. Realizing how important both of these aspects are to me, today I’ll be reviewing the new BlackBerry Torch 9810.
From the outset, the Torch 9810 looks like a nice chunky mobile which gives it a very solid feel, weighing in at 161 grams. The bottom edge, where the QWERTY keyboard slides out, has a very suave finish. On the top you have the similar bar which has the ‘lock’ and ‘silence’ keys on the left and right side respectively. The left side just has the USB charger while the right side has the 3.5mm audio jack, volume control buttons and the customizable BB key (set to camera by default).
Once you slide out the keyboard, it fills the entire pad from edge to edge, with no spacing between the buttons, but slight grooves on each key which makes typing easier. The rear side has a large battery cover inlaid with square blocks, with the 5MP auto-focus camera and LED flash near the top. The internal 8GB of memory is good enough for the 720p video recording capability of the Torch 9810, but it is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card should you require. Strictly speaking there’s not much physical change from the Torch 9800 to the 9810., it’s the insides where all the difference comes out.
The 3.2 inches touchscreen feels just about adequate for somebody who’s been using touchscreen smartphones. The 480×640 resolution gives the Torch 9810 a very respectable 250ppi pixel density. Pretty much any image and text on the screen looks clear and rich in color. The touchscreen response itself is precise and fast, although that’s likely attributable to the 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM and the new BlackBerry OS 7.0 with its smooth animations and transitioning from one app to another. We have already covered the new OS7 in our review of the Bold 9900, so you can check that out for more details.